UMMSM Future Doc Series

UMMSM Future Doc Series March 2019

UMMSM Summer Programs completed: MCAT Prep, Summer 2016
Undergrad: University of Miami
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Class of 2022
Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida

Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

I chose to pursue a career in medicine because I’m passionate about alleviating health disparities. I’m motivated by my vision of a world where what you look like, how you identify and how much money you make doesn’t stifle your ability to live a happy and healthy life. As a future physician, I hope to use my practice and research to evaluate and improve health policies that impact the well-being and access of disadvantaged communities.

What advice would you give to premed students applying to medical school?

My advice to pre-med students is to stop comparing yourself to the people around you! What you bring to every table you sit at is unique and valuable in its own right. Explore what that is and seek opportunities to develop it. There is no need to take on the perceived strengths of others when you have so many of your own. Whatever your passion is will not only help you stand out in the medical school application process, but it’ll also make your educational (and life!) journey more worthwhile.

Tell us about your UMMSM Medical Scholars Summer Program experience.

I participated in the MCAT Prep program during the Summer of 2016. I not only left more prepared for the MCAT and with a better idea of what study strategies work best for me, but I also met some of the most amazing people in my life. I am so thankful for the friends and mentors I gained throughout the summer, as they continue to encourage me to this day. In serving as a teaching assistant in the Summer of 2018, I hoped to give back some of what I gained and I ended up learning even more from my students than I expected. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s work in maintaining the Medical Scholars Summer Programs has been meaningful to so many, and I’m grateful to be part of the family.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy doing yoga, planning community programs with organizations on campus, and spending time with my family.