Dereck W. Paul Jr. Joins the MedEdPORTAL Editorial Board
Dereck W. Paul Jr. is an MD candidate in the class of 2021 at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. He was born in Queens, NY, to immigrant parents from Guyana and Trinidad. At UCSF, he conducts research in the social determinants of health for underserved populations at the Center for Vulnerable Populations, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, under Dr. Margot Kushel. His research on the relationship between racial discrimination, homelessness, and health is supported by the David E. Satcher, MD, PhD Fellowship for Health Disparities Research and the 2018 Dean’s Prize in Research for Health & Society at UCSF.
Dereck is a co-president of the Student National Medical Association’s UCSF chapter, where he supports the organization’s mission to foster the success of underrepresented students in medicine, promote diversity and inclusion, and improve the health of underserved communities in San Francisco and the East Bay. He is an advocate for health equity and an active member of the White Coats for Black Lives chapter at UCSF, where he has co-led initiatives aimed at bringing attention and change to the epidemics of state violence and gun violence.