Points of Blue Stories
Inspiration in Action

Browse our Points of Blue profiles of students and faculty for inspiration that showcases the diversity of U-M Medical School faculty and learners.

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Kahli Zietlow, MD: Building interprofessional teams
Kahli Zietlow, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine who specializes in geriatric medicine. Originally from Michigan, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan before attending Duke University, where she earned her medical degree and completed her residency and fellowship. Dr. Zietlow returned to U-M in 2020 and is currently the associate director of Interprofessional Education (IPE) at UMMS and the associate program director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. She is passionate about IPE, geriatric medicine and medical education. Read on to learn more about Dr. Zietlow, including her talent as a wildlife photographer!
A woman, Alli Ruff, holds a maize and blue sign that reads #ProudToBeGIM, General Internal Medicine
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Alli Ruff, MD, MHPE: Helping students succeed
Alli Ruff, MD, MHPE is a clinical associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Originally from Florida, she came to Michigan after earning her MD from the University of Miami and completing an internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Ruff loves working with learners at all levels and fills many roles around the medical school. Find out how she faces challenges as a physician and her most important advice for medical students.
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Gabriela Leticia Maica: Breaking through language and cultural barriers
Gabriela Leticia Maica (she/her/ella), pictured far right above, comes from Staten Island, NY.
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Brandon Lu: Seizing opportunities
Brandon Lu (he/him/his) is from Basking Ridge, NJ and graduated from NYU in 2021. Before attending college and opting for an MD/PhD in med school, Brandon was involved with the Structural DNA Nanotechnology lab at NYU.
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Alicia Jacobson: Hitting the ground running
U-M Medical School M3 Alicia Jacobson grew up in Newton, MA, and graduated from University of Maryland in 2014. She spent the intervening years focused on outdoor education in Nepal, Australia and New England, which illuminated a passion for reducing barriers to health care and improving quality of life.
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Vibav Mouli: Enriching the culture of mentorship
Vibav Mouli comes from Reisterstown, MD, and graduated from Harvard University in 2016. He was drawn to orthopaedic surgery and discovered a great appreciation for the clinical experiences and peer mentorship offered at Michigan.
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Kate Panzer: Advancing global health efforts
Kate Panzer started her journey on a service learning course for pediatric tuberculosis in Ghana, where she also conducted rural health research with a nonprofit organization, making lifelong connections that continue to motivate her engagement in global health efforts.
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Julie Blaszczak, MD, MEHP: Caring for community
Julie Blaszczak is Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine.
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Michelle Benedict: Innovating through service
Michelle Benedict hails from San Jose, CA, and graduated from San Francisco State University in 2008.
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Piroz Bahar: Making the most of med school
First-year medical student Piroz Bahar is from Chester, Maryland, and graduated from Harvard University in 2020.
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Brendan Appold: Staying true to your passions
Fourth-year medical student Brendan Appold grew up in Islip, NY, and graduated from Stanford University in 2010. During his time at Michigan Medical School, Brendan has enjoyed the experiential learning of clinical training, and finds working closely with patients on clinical rotations very impactful.
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Gic-Owens Fiestan: Improving the business of health care
Gic-Owens Fiestan comes from Orlando, FL, and graduated from Duke University in 2017.
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Anita M. Malone, MD, MPH: Mentoring for a purpose
Anita M. Malone, M.D, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michigan Medicine.
Kiley on a hike in the mountains
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Kiley Adams: Blazing trails
Kiley Adams is from Puyallup, Washington, and graduated from Notre Dame University in 2017. She is currently pursuing a dual degree in medicine and sustainability and development at the University of Michigan. 
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Grecia Quiroga: Finding a place in medicine
M4 Grecia Quiroga is from Jackson, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018.
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Ahmad Hider, MPhil: Moving policy forward
M4 Grecia Quiroga is from Jackson, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018.
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Andrew Bolze: Creating inclusion
M1 Andrew Bolze is originally from Hingham, MA and graduated from Harvard University in 2019.
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Gifty Kwakye, MD, MPH: Personifying hope
Gifty Kwakye is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and has been involved with medical education in many ways since coming to Michigan Medicine.