Dr. Alyssa Peterkin studied International Relations with concentrations in environment and development in Latin America at Boston University for her undergraduate degree. As an undergraduate, Dr. Peterkin volunteered at a mobile health clinic in Boston’s underserved areas and also worked to eliminate ethnic health disparities. She was inducted into the Scarlet Key Society for exceptional leadership and service to her college and community. Prior to her medical studies at New York Medical College, Dr. Peterkin received an internship at the Centers for Disease and Control where she reviewed infection control practices in ambulatory care centers. As a medical student, she was an active member of the Student National Medical Association with whom she organized a program for pre-medical students to experience a day in the life of a medical student.