Scholar Class – 2014
Morgan Cheatham grew up outside of Washington, D.C. in the suburbs of Alexandria, Virginia. Being biracial, of African American and Irish descent, Morgan learned about the importance of identity through her childhood experiences. She is fortunate to have loving and supportive family and friends around her. However, several experiences in high school made her realize the importance of advocating for the LGBTQ community and she began volunteering for the Human Rights Campaign at Capitol Pride and other events. During her senior year, Morgan presented a forty page research paper on the "History of the LGBT Rights' Movement" to her class, with the hopes of raising awareness and visibility of LGBTQ issues in her community.
Morgan is honored to be part of the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University, an eight-year guaranteed medical track that feeds into Warren Alpert Medical School. During her first semester at Brown, Morgan took a Pre-Clinical Elective at the medical school called, "Gender and Sexuality in health care: Caring for All Patients Across the Lifespan." Inspired by this elective, she founded "Queer People and Allies for the Advancement of Medicine" (QPAAM), an LGBT Health Education and Advocacy group at Brown of which she is president. QPAAM is working with the Warren Alpert Medical School and hospitals in Rhode Island to improve LGBT Health Education and Awareness, and to bring about health care equality. Morgan also helped found the Institute for Healthcare Improvement RI Chapter, a student group focused on quality improvement and patient safety in health care.
Morgan plans to pursue a concentration in Neuroscience as an undergraduate and hopes to be accepted into an Anesthesia Residency after medical school. She has deep and enduring interests in health care quality improvement and patient safety, health policy, public health, and health for underserved groups, and hopes to pursue these interests for the betterment of LGBTI health care.