Tristan Howard is a second-year medical student in the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program. He was born and raised in Sacramento, and he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from UCLA in 2013. As an undergraduate, Tristan volunteered for the UCLA Black Hypertension Project, providing blood pressure screenings and healthcare information in low income communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Before matriculating to medical school, he completed a post-baccalaureate certificate program at UC Davis and worked at the California Department of Public Health on a project aimed at lowering teenage secondary pregnancies. He currently serves as vice president of the CDU/UCLA Chapter of the Student National Medical Association and as a coordinator for the Charles Drew Partnership 4 Progress (P4P) program. He is passionate about eliminating current disparities in healthcare, and is considering a career in surgical oncology, cardiology, or internal medicine. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, trying new foods, and hanging out with friends.