Fatima Alvi

Fatima Alvi is a medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. During her past three years in St. Louis, she has been on the board of the medical school’s student-run free clinic, organizing students and physicians to provide care to uninsured populations in the community. She is one of the founders of the medical school’s Women and Social Determinants of Medicine student group and is interested in the impact of social, political and environmental factors on health experiences. She is interested in issues of access to care both locally and globally and has performed research in Mwanza, Tanzania exploring feasible methods to improve patient care and outcomes in low-resource settings. She is also working on a research project exploring the impact of community health workers in St. Louis, in connecting families who have experienced trauma to health care and resources.

Originally from Austin, Texas, she graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During her time in college, she was heavily involved in service activities, holding leadership positions in the largest student volunteer organization for three years. She strongly believes that service is an integral part of education, and is passionate about expanding opportunities for her peers to engage with the community. While in high school and college she interned with a non-profit organization focused on empowering women worldwide to become entrepreneurs and leaders for peace in their communities.