Student Leaders

OMSW oversees the Student Wellness Leadership Team (SWLT), comprised of pre-clerkship and clerkship students who lead wellness programs for their peers. The team consists of several different committees, each focused on a different dimension of wellness (physical, emotional/spiritual, social, intellectual, professional). This group collaborates closely with the Stanford Medical Student Association Wellness Team, a group of students within the medical student governing body who also focus on promoting wellness. In 2014-2015, student wellness leaders have been instrumental in helping to plan OMSW’s major events and have also developed their own programs including reflection groups, a big sib program, and an advice guide for first-year students.


Mission & Vision

The Student Wellness Leadership Team (SWLT) are change agents within the School of Medicine, building a culture of holistic well‐being by developing initiatives that promote sense of belonging, student empowerment, and self-care. We empower medical students and the broader medical school community to reach their full potential and be bold in their commitment to self‐care and service to others.

Meet the SWLT

If you would like get involved, reach out to Annika!

Annika Dries, SMS2 & SWLT President

  • During medical school, it is important to cultivate wellness and self-care. This practice of self-care will continue to be essential moving forward into clinical careers. Wellness may mean something different to each individual. For me, exercise, meditation, and community are so important to my well-being and staying present and focused. In addition to self-care, I also believe wellness is at the core of a patient-centered approach to medicine. My previous research has focused on the effect of moderate exercise for patients with hypertrophic morning cardiomyopathy and the effect of exercise, diet, and BMI on disease for women at a higher risk for breast cancer. This summer, I will be working on a clinical trial research project regarding the clinical outcomes of integrative therapies for cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


    I would like to continue to offer free yoga classes and meditations to medical students. I enjoy practicing and teaching yoga and received my 200hr teaching certification with YogaWorks in 2015. I have continued my training since at workshops and retreats with mentors in Mill Valley, San Francisco, and New York. I also am looking forward to continuing SMS SWLT traditions such as SMS Cup, CommuniTea, and the Annual Wellness Survey and starting new traditions. I participated with events and writing workshops with the Medicine and the Muse program and hope to connect students with creative outlets during medical school. I am open to ideas and am excited to work with SMS students, staff, and all the groups on campus to create a positive, mindful, and uplifting medical school environment.

  • E-mail:
  • Education: Graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with B.A. in Human Biology
  • Research: Clinical research for inherited cardiovascular diseases, research assistant for Undiagnosed Diseases Network, Summer Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center researching integrative medicine therapies
  • Career Goals:  A career in academic medicine
  • Strategies for Maintaining Wellness in Medical School: Yoga, meditation, exercise outdoors, hikes, cooking, and spending time with friends and family 

Sheun Aluko, SMS4


  • I believe that the most effective change can be made when people who are passionate about an idea are empowered with the support to make it happen.  
  • You can help with ongoing initiatives, including free yoga classes, open mic events, peer mentoring programs like Big Sib Little Sib and Ears for Peers,  Who knows how we can change Stanford Med for the better?

Madeline Grade, SMS5

  • E-mail:
  • Student Groups: Stanford Healthcare Consulting Group, Women and Medicine, Stanford Medical Student Association, Ultrasound Interest Group.
  • Research: Impact of primary care physicians on melanoma screening; multi-modal neuroimaging in epilepsy; mental health in former Soviet Union.
  • Career Goals:  Academic medicine, health policy.
  • Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Regular exercise, mindfulness meditation, openly communicating with classmates, climbing, hiking, busting moves on the dance floor!


Julie Koenig, SMS5

  • E-mail:
  • Student Groups: Women's Health Clinic at Arbor Free Clinic, Women and Medicine, ENT Interest Group, Tobacco-Free Stanford.
  • Research: Member of Olivier Gevaert's lab, where she is studying methylation in head and neck cancers.
  • Career Goals:  Academic medicine, currently interested in many fields including oncology and various surgical fields.
  • Strategies for Maintaining Wellness in Medical School: Running, laughing, and eating with fellow medical students.
  • Hobbies: Playing squash, hiking, yoga, exploring beautiful places and delicious restaurants with friends.

Whitt Virgin-Downey, SMS5+        

Bonnie Wong, SMS5+