My name is Christa Lei Montesines Sonido
and I'm a hopeful future physician.
Hi, my name is Christa Lei M. Sonido! I recently finished coursework as a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Mills College. I previously split my time serving as an Organic Chemistry and Immunology graduate assistant to both post-baccalaureate and undergraduate students at Mills College, and working at UCSF as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Physiological Nursing. When I’m not studying, I write personal essays about love, life, health and everything in between. Some of my favorite topics are about mental health and medicine, but I also write about dating and travel, amongst other topics. I’m an avid reader and writer. If you’re interested in my writing, feel free to check out my blog or contact me to request writing samples.
If you’d like to find out more about my professional life, scroll down or download my CV above. If you’d like to find out more about my personal life, feel free to read my blog or check out my social media links!
My interests are varied and shared across the fields of medicine, psychology, and pop culture. These are a couple of my personal and professional interests that I’m passionate about.
- LGBT*QIA+ Rights
- social determinants of health
- global health and medicine
- preventative health and medicine
- psychosomatic medicine and the intersection between mental and physical health
Relevant Work Experience
Clinical Research Coordinator
I was a part time (50%) Clinical Research Coordinator. I worked on symptom management clinical studies with cancer patients who have shown chemotherapy-induced neuropathy under the supervision of the clinical and research staff.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Part-time lab teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry 105, 106 & 107.
I was awarded a competitive graduate teaching assistant scholarship award and chosen as one of two recipients in the subject of Organic Chemistry. I help facilitate learning in the subject of Organic Chemistry for both undergraduates and post-baccalaureate pre-medical students.
Seasonal Medical Scribe/Front & Back Office Assistant
Charlie Y. Sonido MD Inc
Duties include: Electronic medical records, scribing, patient intake, taking vital signs, greet
patients, contact specialists and insurance companies, and acting as a patient advocate.
Clinical Research Assistant
University of Chicago Hospitals
Duties included: Recruiting and consenting patients for clinical studies and trials, and utilising EPIC systems for patient scheduling/records.
Undergraduate Research Assistant/Lab Manager
DePaul University School of Nursing
Duties include: Data collection and analysis, transcription, recruiting and
training fellow undergraduate research volunteers, peer mentoring, administrative protocols, conducting research (including writing papers, working with IRB committees and paperwork, grant proposals, editing and proofreading works, posters and presentations) on community-based participatory studies, first-episode psychosis interventions, mental health
stigma and interdisciplinary nursing and psychology subjects.
Program Site Coordinator & Health Educator/Patient Advocate
Ohana Medical Missions
Help coordinate and prepare the academic scholarship competitions; compile exam
materials and questions for participants; judge and coordinate the singing competition;
assist and shadow doctors during health care service component (taking vital signs, patient
intake, triage) ; act as a health educator and advocate for diabetic patients. In our last
medical mission to Haiyan, served as a site and program coordinator.
I’m a qualified and adept junior researcher who has experience in qualitative and quantitative methods and specialises in interdisciplinary mental and physical health research. I also have a wide variety of clinical experience, which has allowed me to become a better researcher and hopefully, future clinician.
After graduating from Punahou School, I decided to attend Creighton University as a Psychology major. After deciding it wasn’t the right fit, I sought a bigger city and transferred to DePaul University, where I graduated summa cum laude with my BA in Psychology (concentration: Community Psychology) and minored in Creative Writing. During my time there, I decided that I wanted to become a physician, so I applied to various post-baccalaureate pre-medical programs before deciding that Mills College was the perfect place for me to finish all my classes. Please download my CV for a complete and detailed list of relevant coursework.
As a Community Psychology major (and member of the Society for Community Research and Action,) I’m qualified to help consult and conduct research to help better communities at large. I also specialize in tutoring various subjects (Psychology, Biology, English) and can help students reach their highest potential.