Adam Elzarka is a third-year student double majoring in Medical Sciences and Liberal Arts with concentrations in Arabic, Philosophy, and Psychology. He joined the University of Cincinnati as a Cincinnatus Scholar and member of the University Honors Program.
Adam is committed to mitigating barriers to education and health equity, especially those faced by refugees and immigrants.
He currently serves as the President of Refuge-UC, an organization that promotes higher education among refugee and immigrant students through mentorship. Inspired by his time volunteering as a Refuge mentor, he has also conducted public health research on improving the students’ health literacy rates.
Additionally, Adam can be found in the emergency department working as part of the Early Intervention Program. He provides education and support to address the mental health, sexual health, and substance use stigmas that underserved patients encounter.
Adam has interned with USAID and is spending the spring of 2022 abroad in Oman as a Boren Scholar. Upon graduation, he intends to complete a year of service before pursuing a joint MD/MS in health policy research. He is particularly interested in leveraging policy to form community-led solutions that promote refugee health. In his free time, he enjoys binge watching shows with friends and playing board games with his family.