Student Corner: Elyse Portillo

Dec. 1, 2011

Elyse Portillo
Elyse Portillo
  • 3rd year medical student
  • M.D./M.P.H. candidate

After graduating from the University of Texas in 2008, Portillo's passion for medicine and care for the underserved brought her to BCM to pursue a M.D./M.P.H. through BCM's dual degree program with the University of Texas's School of Public Health. While at BCM, she has participated in numerous organizations and activities to further her experiences in health care and with the underserved.

Portillo was a student coordinator for the Care of the Underserved Track for medical students at BCM through which she has coordinated multiple trainings to increase medical students' awareness about safety-net health plans, such as SCHIP and the Harris County Gold card, and taught medical students how to sign their patients up for these services. She has also coordinated sign-up drives for students to apply their skills at school health fairs, BCM's Community Health Day and at Ben Taub General Hospital.

She has also been involved with the Latino Medical Student Association and served as co-president from Spring to Fall 2009. Through the organization she coordinated and developed the curriculum for two semester-long apprenticeships in the Citizen Schools program at Sharpstown International Middle School, where medical student volunteers take turns teaching weekly lessons about health and the human body.

Portillo is currently serving on the Advisory Council to the President and the Professionalism Appraisal and Competency Evaluation Committee and served on the Vice President for Professionalism Search Committee in the past.

Her focus in her M.P.H. is in Community Health Practice within the division of Management Policy and Community Health. Portillo hopes to pursue a residency in pediatrics and one day couple pediatric clinical practice in an underserved urban setting with leadership in community-based interventions to improve access to and utilization of care by underserved families, especially those in the Latino immigrant population.