Dr. Harada graduated from Brown University in 1996, and, after a year of living in Bolivia teaching in an orphanage, began her medical education at the Yale School of Medicine, graduating in 2001. She completed an internal medicine residency and two-year geriatrics fellowship at the University of Chicago. She currently works as a geriatrician at University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine, providing care to older adults with complex syndromes such as falls, polypharmacy, and dementia. She is also Assistant Dean for Community-Engaged Scholarship and in this role, she oversees the medical school’s health equity curricula, service learning, and Learning Communities program. She has a husband and two children, and her pronouns are she/her/hers.
Lauren Parker is a Student Affairs Professional at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, specializing in academic coaching, faculty development, and learner professional development for a longitudinal, tri-campus learning community program. With 10+ years of student affairs experience in the medical education setting, Lauren is academically focused on student success best practices in the areas of academic progression, learner well-being, and professional identity formation.