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Jessica Schumer, MD, Alumna-Sports Medicine (’05)

PicCurrently, 2005 Rice Sports Medicine alumna, Jessica Schumer is a Maternal-Child Health Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for their Center for Healthier Children, Families, & Communities.  According to the Center’s website (http://www.healthychild.ucla.edu), their mission is “to promote children’s lifelong health, development, and well-being in the context of their families and communities.”  She is also pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy & Management at UCLA.

Concurrently with her fellowship and MPH pursuit, Dr. Schumer is also a pediatrician at The Children's Clinic in Long Beach, CA.  According to their website (http://www.thechildrensclinic.org), The Children’s Clinic is “known as a unique leader in the greater Long Beach community, addressing disparities in health by providing quality care for the under-served of all ages, offering them a true ‘medical home’.”

In the past, Dr. Schumer served as one of the chief residents at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH) in pediatrics.  Her interests in health and wellness lead her to pursue a medical degree at Tulane University in New Orleans.  Her work in residency focused on using technology and social tools to capture resident projects, promote collaboration among learners and improve sustainability of partnerships. 

During medical school, she was involved in starting the first student-run primary care clinic for post-Katrina residents and created a multi-disciplinary health and wellness initiative in rural Louisiana. With a passion for prevention and advocacy, she was drawn to pediatrics and the Bay Area to do a residency in the PLUS (Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved) program at UCSF. Her work in residency has focused on using technology and social tools to capture resident projects, promote collaboration among learners and improve sustainability of partnerships. She continues to be interested in ways to promote community health through patient care and advocacy. 

While at Rice University, Dr. Schumer was chosen as one of the two recipients of the 2005 Hermance Award for academic excellence in the Kinesiology Department.  She also served as the Co-President for the Kinesiology Majors Club.  She graduated with a B.A. in Kinesiology (Sports Medicine emphasis) in 2005.

Dr. Schumer also uses her Twitter page to promote education. She continues to pursue the use of social media to enhance public health and university-community partnerships.  You can find her on twitter: @schumerj