Member since: Fall 2015
My path in pursuing a career in medicine stems primarily from my passion of supporting everyone around me both physically and mentally. Through the actions of helping others by any means necessary, a huge sense of fulfillment is obtained within myself and adds to the overall well-being of both parties.
As the world population continues to grow at an exponential rate, the role of a primary care physician becomes extremely crucial in order to accommodate everyone and provide medical services to those in need. Unfortunately, there are disparities that hinders the effectiveness of medicine. One disparity that is prevalent in America is the language barrier between physicians and patients. As a child of two immigrant parents from Vietnam, I was able to witness the hardships and struggles of trying to understanding a non-native language. Once I grew a bit older, I began to understand the values of an interpreter and how they provide a communicational bridge between people, especially when it comes to patient and physician interactions. This understanding led to my decision of utilizing my fluency in Vietnamese as a gateway to strengthen my devotion to medicine and becoming a bi-lingual physician. Through the S.C.O.P.E. program, I hope to gain the necessary training and experience as a Vietnamese interpreter which would later benefit me by expanding my versatility. By developing and honing my skills with S.C.O.P.E., I will be one step closer to achieving my goals of becoming a physician and providing medical assistance to both the English and Vietnamese speaking communities.