When I was applying to medical school, I developed a sort of “shopping list” of all the things I needed and wanted in a medical school to prevent me from getting distracted from all the bells and whistles schools often roll out during the interview. I ultimately chose Stritch because it had all of the components of my list.
- Freedom to learn in a way that is conducive to me
- Resources that allow for me to achieve goals….no matter how unorthodox
- Diversity in the student body and administration
- Faculty that love to teach and mentor
- A place where my spirituality is part of my medical education
- Community Outreach- they practice what they preach
- Endless opportunity for learning and self-enrichment
Involvement in and out of School
- SNMA-HPREP—exposing area youth to careers in healthcare
- Medical Spanish
- Chicago Community Health Worker Network-- exposing area youth to careers in healthcare
- Ever thrive Illinois—public health advocacy for women, children, and families
- Social Justice and Cultural Awareness in HealthCare
- Physician’s in Vocation Program—exploring spirituality in medicine
At this point, my desired specialty is neurosurgery; but I don’t believe that I will ever do just one job within the healthcare system. I have an MPH, and am very passionate about creating and influencing health policy, and making specialty services available to underserved populations. I would also love to teach one day.