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History - Past and Present…

Trojan Health Volunteers was established in 1985 by USC student, Daniel Potter, who recognized the need for pre-health students to gain exposure to their future occupations outside of their classroom experience. He contacted hospitals all over Los Angeles and ran this program out of his dorm room. When he graduated in 1987, he handed the program over to the Joint Educational Project to administer.

Since its inception, Trojan Health Volunteers has grown at an accelerated rate. Each semester, roughly up to 120 pre-health students participate in THV. Currently, the program partners with eleven different hospitals and  clinics in the greater Los Angeles area. These range from large health sites like Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to St John’s, a neighborhood clinic a few blocks away from USC's main campus.

Trojan Health Volunteers is not only a community outreach program, but it also strives to be a forum for discussion about current bioethics topics and related healthcare issues. Every student participating in THV completes several papers ranging from on-site reflections to research topics, and attends group discussions . While the discussion sessions are held very informally, participation is required.

A full-time staff member supervises two part-time undergraduates - the program director and assistant director. These students recruit, train, monitor students and develop/maintain relationships with partnering hospitals/clinics.

Priyanka Vachhani


Priyanka Vachhani is currently a senior majoring in biological sciences and health promotion and disease prevention studies. Interested in diseases of poverty and health in underserved areas, her greatest desire is to help those in need. Through THV, she hopes to draw attention to the many issues surrounding healthcare in underserved areas in addition to helping USC pre-health students make the most out of their volunteering experience. Away from THV, Priyanka can be seen at events with the Health Promotion Students Association. In her free time, Priyanka enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and exploring new cultures. 

Jack Foraker

Asst. Director

Currently a junior at USC, Jack is majoring in the two very distint fields of Human Biology and Creative Writing. Jack aspires to pursue a career in medicine, with hopes of one day working as a primary care pediatrician. He is excited to join the THV staff; having been a member since last year, he feels that THV gives students invaluable experiences both through the program’s volunteer opportunities as well as providing members with a greater understanding of the modern bioethical dilemmas that healthcare professionals of tomorrow will be faced with. In his spare time, Jack enjoys reading and writing as well as playing volleyball recreationally.


THV Blog

Below is a link to our blog that provides feedback and advice from current and previous THV volunteers about each health site. Use it to help decide which site might be the best match for you!

Trojan Health Volunteer Summer Internship

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