New Frontiers 2018: OMS New York Team
Sofia Caruso, President
Sofia is currently a 12th grader at Sacred Heart Greenwich. She hopes to pursue biochemical and pathological research in the future, along with computer science, with the ultimate goal of making a discovery in these fields that will revolutionize health care and scientific research for the better.
Sofia’s passions are deeply rooted in her love of chemistry and biochemistry, which continue to fascinate her as she expands her breadth of knowledge in these sciences. She also enjoys taking on new roles, and she satisfies this through her avid participation in musical theater and sports competitions. Sofia enjoys helping others, and she founded the “Greenwich Youth Commission”, a board that allows Greenwich youths to have a voice in their community. She maintains an active presence in her community and takes every opportunity to make a positive difference. In addition, Sofia makes sure to find time for some of her hobbies, which include listening to music, writing, watching endless hours of Netflix (e.g. Full House, the Big Bang Theory) and having fun with her friends.
Sofia is delighted to be bringing you New Frontiers 2018, the first international OMS conference. She hopes that this year’s theme of new introductions will invigorate the next generation of medical professionals in New York, and she looks forward to seeing you at the conference!
Daisy Grossman, Vice President
Daisy Grossman is currently a junior at Rye Country Day School and founder of the Pre-Med Learning Club at RCDS. In addition to being an active member of the RCDS community, serving as a class senator, Peer Leader, and OPI mentor, Daisy is also a 3 sport varsity athlete and has earned 8 varsity letters to date and she’s not done yet.
Having many family members around her who were all involved in the medical field, Daisy knew at an early age that she was destined to follow that same path. Having already interned with both a pediatrician and pediatric dentist, Daisy has many potential medical disciplines that interest her. She can’t wait to see what OMS will bring to her life and what she can bring to it!
Meredith Wilson, Finance Director
Meredith Wilson is a junior at Sacred Heart Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut, and she is honored to serve as this year’s Finance Director for Operation Med School New York. Her scientific curiosity and her passion for human biology initially sparked her interest in medicine, and she hopes to inspire other students to pursue careers in this remarkable field. She is a member of her school’s Science Research program, and she plans to perform research pertaining to cancer epigenetics in the future.
Meredith is an avid participant in her school’s chorus and musical productions, a Co-Captain of Speech for Sacred Heart’s Speech and Debate Team, and a member of the school’s student-run philanthropic foundation, the Barat Foundation. Furthermore, Meredith seeks to expand her school’s science curriculum, and she is working to establish a Human Anatomy and Physiology elective course at Sacred Heart. Outside of school, she enjoys doing yoga, browsing musical theater songs on YouTube, and watching heart-wrenching episodes of This is Us. Meredith is dedicated to organizing an informative, inspiring, and exciting New York conference, and she absolutely cannot wait to see you there!
Madison Freilich, Logistics Director
Madison Freilich is currently a junior at Rye High School, in Rye, New York. She honored to have been selected as Logistics Director on the OMS New York Executive Board. She is a very enthusiastic, outgoing, driven person that looks to pursue a future career in medicine. Throughout Madison’s high school career her academic interests have led her to pursue the sciences. Her interest in science has grown immensely, as her love for the field of medicine. Madison’s determination to pursue a career in the medical field is what she strives to achieve. Because of her involvement in science, she has been selected as president of the Chemistry Club, where she can freely experiment, while interacting with others. In addition, Madison is an avid participant in a science competition, for the American Chemical Society Division of the History of Chemistry.
Madison’s driven personality continues to influence her thirst for learning, as she becomes more intrigued by the wide array of sciences. With the influence of many teachers, doctors, surgeons, and other professionals, she has come to learn to take advantage of her hard-working mentality and use it to achieve success. After shadowing and interning in the medical field, Madison was inspired to help others, hoping to one day making a difference in society.
Aside from her academic path and interests, Madison can most likely be found on the basketball court. Basketball is a big part of her life. She dedicates a lot of time playing the sport, as it has been one of her hobbies since she was young. Because of Madison’s ability to organize and communicate, she has very high expectations and hopes for success in OMS New York’s upcoming event. She looks forward to this year’s OMS New York Conference and can’t wait see you all there!
Amelie Warneryd, Plenary Director
Lauren O’Donnell, Workshop Director,
Lauren O’Donnell is a junior at Greenwich High School who is passionate about science and is a member of the Varsity Track and Cross Country teams. She can see herself going into the medical field, and is a part of the Greenwich Emergency Medical Services Club. She is passionate about her community, and can be found tutoring younger children at the Boys and Girls Club, or volunteering at Neighbor to Neighbor, a local organization serving residents in need throughout the Greenwich area.
Lauren is a member of the Greenwich High School Orchestra, and has done an exploring medical careers course at Georgetown University. When she is not studying or spending time with her friends and family, you can find Lauren playing with her puppy, Ginger, or watching one of her favorite TV shows on Netflix. On the OMS team, Lauren’s job is to plan the workshops that will be present at the OMS conference this May. She can’t wait to see you this spring for a fun filled day of medicine!
Jack Ocken, Publicity Director
Jack Ocken is a senior at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT and plans to study medicine at Yale University in the fall. Jack’s passion and interest in the life sciences started when he was very young and he hopes to carry that through his work in his first year on the OMS New York board, as Publicity Director.
Multiple injuries as a varsity athlete has taken Jack to the orthopedist’s office one too many times. The bright side to being injury-prone is an interest in learning about the human body and its mechanics, that seems to stem from being treated by inspiring doctors and trainers. Jack’s hypochondriac tendencies and interest in the field will hopefully help him to contribute to the OMS team, as he could not be more excited for the opportunity.
Ashley Xu, Visual Director
Ashley is a grade 11 student currently attending King School CT. From a young age, Ashley has had a passion for the visual arts and uses her design skills to immerse herself in the community. Ashley is the designer for the posters of her school’s theater program, and has works represented in local art shows. Ashley can also be found volunteering at her local aquarium, playing music, or playing volleyball. She is looking forward to working with an amazing team, and creating an inspiring experience at this years’ OMS conference!