Past SHIP Presidents


To my fellow and new shipmates,

There is not much to say other than to always strive to be the best version of yourself. This organization is built on the passions that you have for doing what is right. Everything that you do does make a difference. So I say with confidence that you being in this organization means that the members before you see your potential. If you have a dream to make a difference in people’s lives, to develop a novel program, to leave an impact for others to build off of you, this organization can be that place for you. Don’t just sail for the horizons, aim to surpass them.


My name is Christopher Kawata and I was the President of SHIP from 2018 to 2019. My involvement with SHIP was one of my most important involvements from my time as an undergraduate at UCI and also played an influential role in my decision to pursue a career in medicine. As a part of SHIP I had the unique opportunity to work closely with patients, truly play an important role in our patients’ care, and help make decisions that directly helped expand our organization’s/clinic’s outreach and impact on the surrounding community. My advice for current SHIP members and for those interested in applying, is that the more you put into this organization, the more you will get out of it. If you are willing to dedicate more time and effort than the minimum requirement, than you will have more opportunities to learn about the healthcare field, learn new skills, and learn new things about your own personal passions and motivations. Best of luck to those interested in applying, and for the current SHIP members, continue pushing SHIP to better places.


Hello everyone!

Welcome to SHIP! My name is Jennifer Nguyen, and I was one of the Co-Presidents for the 2017-18 school year. I am glad you took the time to research and find our wonderful organization. When I first joined as a second year, I honestly wasn’t sure what path to pursue, and as a more introverted individual, I often found it difficult to initiate conversations with people. However, through SHIP and a variety of leadership positions within the organization, I learned more about being comfortable with who I am and what I enjoy about healthcare. I hope that as a part of SHIP, you will be able to learn about your passions (and dislikes!) about being part of clinical setting. Make sure to talk to patients and your peers during clinic, and take advantage of all the opportunities SHIP has to offer. I wish you the best of luck, and remember to have fun!