Duke-Margolis Student Advisory Council (DMSAC)

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Who are we?

The Duke-Margolis Student Advisory Council (DMSAC) serves as the bridge between undergraduate students and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. Through DMSAC, undergrads work with Duke-Margolis faculty and staff to develop new academic programs and course curricula, host career and professional development programs, and ultimately raise awareness on health policy-driven career opportunities, recruiting Duke students to become the next generation of leaders in this space.

What do we do?

Council members will serve as a vital source of new ideas and feedback for the Duke-Margolis Center. Members will work together in subcommittees to address particular questions or issues.

Key Subcommittees and Functions of DMSAC:

  • Undergraduate Health Policy Education

    • Advise on Center’s academic programs (e.g. summer internship program) as they relate to undergraduate student interests
    • Propose new health policy engagement opportunities
    • Evaluate undergraduate engagement with health policy on campus and measure Centers’ influence
  • Career & Professional Development
    • Provide undergraduates with opportunities to build competencies relevant to health policy practice and research
    • Raise awareness on health policy career opportunities
  • Duke-Margolis Ambassadorship
    • Represent Center at undergraduate student events
    • Build and maintain communication channels between Duke-Margolis and undergraduate students

When do we meet?

In 2018-19, the Council will meet as a whole once a month for an hour. All Council members will serve on subcommittees that are expected to meet separately for committee-specific work, at least once each month. 


Current Members

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Sahil Sandhu (Council Co-Chair)

Sahil is a junior at Duke University pursuing a self-designed degree in “Health Innovation: Evidence to Impact.” He studies the use of evidence-based practice to design, implement, and evaluate new health innovations. In the summer of 2018, Sahil worked with the Margolis Center to accelerate the uptake of successful health policy, payment, and delivery innovations from abroad in the US.  Currently, Sahil is working on two Margolis affiliated Bass Connections research teams: the Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation (GANDHI) and the Help Desk: A Student Initiative to Address the Social Determinants of Health. He also conducts health services research with the Duke Institute for Health Innovation and Duke Social Science Research Institute. On campus, Sahil is an executive member of the Duke Student Global Health Review and teaches a half-credit undergraduate course on drug development.

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Jackie Xu (Council Co-Chair)

Jackie Xu is a Public Policy major, graduating from Duke in May 2019. Jackie is passionate about building more efficient and equitable health delivery systems by joining forces across the public and private sectors. Building upon her research experience studying medication access and adherence in China, Jackie wrote her senior honors thesis on the 340B Drug Pricing Program, a hotly debated, federal regulation that mandates pharmaceutical companies provide drug discounts to healthcare centers that serve vulnerable populations. On campus, Jackie is a member of advocacy group Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and created a half-credit course for undergraduates on drug development and access. This year, Jackie is also serving on the Duke Board of Trustee’s Task Force on “Advancing Science & Technology,” advising leadership on developing Duke’s capabilities to license scientific innovations for commercialization and broader use in society. Jackie hopes to pursue a career in medicine and lead public-private sector healthcare initiatives.

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Mala Bansal

Mala Bansal is a junior majoring in Public Policy and receiving a Science and Society certificate. To explore her interests in health policy, Mala is working on a Bass Connections team titled Transforming Alzheimer's Disease Care through Integrating Caregivers where their team is looking to propose policy solutions that would better integrate caregivers into the Alzheimer's healthcare system. She has been interested in health policy since coming to Duke her freshman year, and is excited at the opportunity to bring the Margolis center into the undergraduate experience. 

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Ainsley Buck

Ainsley is a freshman from Connecticut. Her Global Health interests began when she visited a village in Peru that was accessible only via the Amazon River after her freshman year of high school. Since then, Ainsley has interned in a free health clinic that primarily serves immigrants. She is also interested in Psychology and Child Policy. Ainsley loves working with kids and teaches dance and figure skating classes.

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Kimberly Calero

On campus, Kimberly is involved in Duke EMS as an EMT and CPR Officer, as VP of Education for Blue Devil’s United, and as a research assistant for a Bass Connection project titled “Enabling Precision Health and Medicine.” She also serves as an Advocate for DSG’s Office of Public Advocacy, wherein she is particularly interested in expanding LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion on campus. Ultimately, Kimberly wants to earn a dual Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health to increase health care practitioner knowledge about systemic issues that affect minorities’ health and address these issues through policy and education change. In my spare time, she enjoys painting animals and flowers while relaxing in Duke Gardens, as well as binge watching multiple shows on Netflix. Fun fact: she absolutely loves corgis and have made it a dream of mine to one day adopt a corgi and name them Jasper.

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Anne Crabill

Anne is a first-year Alice M. Baldwin Scholar who is exploring a range of academic interests including biology and health policy. In addition to her coursework, Anne is a defender on the Varsity lacrosse team and is passionate about Duke Conversations. 

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Chelsea Hamlet

Chelsea Hamlet is a sophomore from New York City majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Global Health. She works for Duke’s Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, is an undergraduate researcher with Bass Connections, a treasurer for the Black Women’s Union, and a Duke cheerleader. In her free time, Chelsea likes to go to the gym and binge watch The Office. 

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Kushal Kadakia

Kushal Kadakia is an Angier B. Duke Scholar from Houston, Texas studying biology and public policy. At Duke-Margolis, he has worked on a range of domestic and global health policy projects, including studying international examples of accountable care for the Commonwealth Fund, evaluating NHS England's new care models for the Health Foundation, analyzing Chinese health policy reforms, supporting the development of bundled payments for joint disease, and writing an honors thesis on health innovation. Kushal also participated in the Duke-Margolis Bass Connections on NC Medicaid Reform, and later served as a policy intern in the NC Governor's Office. He has also pursued basic science research in the Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, where he is writing a second honors thesis on cancer metabolism. Kushal's scholarship has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs and recognized with a number of awards including the Duke Faculty Scholars Award, the Ole Holsti Prize, and the Huang Fellowship. On campus, Kushal is active in university service, having served as Student Body Vice President, Honor Council Chairman, and appointed three times as a student representative on Duke's Board of Trustees. Following graduation, Kushal will attend the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar before returning to the US for medical school. He aspires to a career in health policy. 

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Rahul Krishnaswamy

Rahul Krishnaswamy is a sophomore studying Political Science and Global Health, hoping to eventually go to law school for a career at the intersections of law, advocacy, policy, international development, and health. On campus, he is a part of the American Grand Strategy undergraduate council, serves as Political Chair of Duke Diya (the South Asian Students Association), co-chairs the newly formed POLIS Cabinet, and works on a Bass Connections project team connecting Medicaid claims data to areas affected by severe weather to track beneficiaries with power-sensitive medications.

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Corinne Mayle

Corinne is a junior majoring in Public Policy Studies and Global Health. She worked as a full time intern for Dr. Barak Richman at the Durham office of the Margolis Center during the Summer of 2018. She is currently working with Dr. Richman to build on the work she started over the summer, and create a final report of a case study of the impact of hospital mergers and acquisitions on North Carolina counties.

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Morgan McKinney

Morgan McKinney is a sophomore at Duke University from Columbus, Ohio. She is double majoring in Global Health and Public Policy. Currently, Morgan is involved in the Bass Connections Pocket Colposcope research team which focuses on the acceptability, policy, and economics of implementing a new device to screen women for cervical cancer. This summer she will be traveling to Serbia to participate in DukeEngage where she will be working on issues surrounding refugees and human rights. Morgan is excited to continue exploring the intersections of health and policy with the Duke-Margolis Center and hopes to continue working in the global health field long beyond her time at Duke!

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Teresa O’Reilly

Teresa O’Reilly is a junior at Duke University studying public policy, global health, and journalism. She loves watching Duke basketball games and enjoys a good podcast or movie. Teresa is interested in improving the knowledge, access, and utilization of healthcare services. She is excited to join the Duke Margolis Student Advisory Council because she looks forward to encouraging other Duke students to explore and take interest in the health policy world!  

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Chad Rafetto

Chad graduated in December 2018 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and is attending law school in the Fall. In addition to being involved with DMSAC, he is also involved in the Science, Law, and Policy Lab. Chad is most interested in the intersection of technological advancements – particularly those in the medical space – and their implementation within society. He aspires to eventually be on the legislative side of setting policy for healthcare.

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Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte is sophomore at Duke University from Iowa City, Iowa. She is majoring in chemistry and minoring in German, with the intention of matriculating into medical school in 2022. As a chemistry student, she’s intrigued by the molecular side health, particularly within the context of women’s health. She currently works as an undergraduate researcher in the McCafferty Lab researching chlamydia. She is also an executive member of Progress. Period., a member of the Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Institute, and a volunteer for FEMMES. After graduation, Charlotte hopes to pursue a career at the intersection of medicine, women’s health, and health policy.

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Gary Wang

Gary is a senior at Duke studying Neuroscience and Health Policy, with a minor in Chemistry. He is interested in value-based care transformation, addressing social determinants of health, and reducing structural inequities for marginalized populations. He is currently working with Charlene Wong on his honors thesis regarding the design and implementation of a pediatric accountable health community in North Carolina. Gary plans to pursue medical school after graduation.

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Defne Yorgancioglu

Defne is a sophomore at Duke and is in the process of designing her own major in ‘Science Policy, Health Economics, and Neuroethics’. She is particularly interested in political and financial incentive structures that impact international drug policy, and the translation of evidence-based research into legislation. She is currently engaged in addiction research pertaining to the development of therapeutic tools to mitigate overdose risks and withdrawal symptoms, and is passionate about enabling more equitable access to such patient-centered healthcare and harm reduction modalities for drug users. Defne expects to complement her research career with a JD after graduation and plans to further develop her interest in interdisciplinary health systems through her involvement with the Margolis Center for Health Policy.

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Diana Zabala

Diana Zabala is an undergraduate senior at Duke University, where she is completing a self-structured interdepartmental major in biology and public policy and minor in global health. She is passionate about improving health among people through evidence-generating research and thoughtful policy implementation. Her main interests are in healthcare access and financing. She is currently conducting Bass Connections research with the Global Women's Health Technologies lab, where she is conducting a health technology assessment on the Pocket Colposcope. As a member of the Duke-Margolis Student Advisory Council, Diana plans to bridge the gap between the Center and Duke Undergraduates through increased opportunities for engagement and mentorship for underclassmen on constructing a meaningful academic trajectory centered around health policy and public health.