Young Alumni Achievement Award

Emily Frank, MD FAAP is a practicing pediatrician, community college professor, and public school teacher in Oakland, California.

Emily grew up in Brunswick, Maine and attended Dartmouth College where she majored in Biology and minored in psychology. There, she developed a passion for science and health education through the college's Education Department. Follow graduation, she joined Teach for America and taught 7th grade science in Vallejo, California.

In 2011, Emily matriculated at the Tufts University School of Medicine in the Mainetrack program. During her 3rd year longitudinal clerkship in Farmington, Maine, she confirmed her love of pediatrics and returned to the Bay Area to complete her residency in Pediatrics at the University of California  at San Francisco's Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) Program. 

While a medical student at Tufts, Emily founded the Health Impact Partnership with the English High School. This program partnered Tufts medical students with public high school students to identify and research the health needs in their community and to create interventions for change. Emily continued similar youth participatory action research programming in Oakland Unified School District throughout her residency and developed an interest in diversifying the healthcare workforce.

Emily now leads a dual life as a practicing pediatrician in the Emergency Room at UCSF and Children's Hospital Oakland and as a public school teacher at Life Academy in Oakland, a school focused on helping minority youth pursue careers in the health sciences. There, Emily teaches 9th grade Intro to Health and Public Health and a dual enrollment anatomy and physiology course for 11th and 12th graders that helps them earn college credits while working on building skills to succeed in college level science courses. She also co-directs the Health Academy and creates numerous opportunities for youth to engage directly with health and public health providers. She is also an adjunct professor at Merritt College. Her interests include health literacy, youth participatory action research, and diversifying the healthcare workforce.

In her spare time, she is working on her advocacy skills and loves hiking, dancing, and board games with friends.

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Emily W. Frank, MD, M15