Member since: Winter 2016
Growing up as a gay, Mexican immigrant in Oakland CA, one of the most dangerous cities in the nation, was not easy. There, I endured the gang violence, drug exposure, bullying, and subpar educational and healthcare systems that many face in impoverished communities. Furthermore, serving as my families ‘personal translator’, as they tenderly put it, I was able to witness firsthand the obstacles many minorities face when accessing medicine. It was these experiences that shaped my character and played a crucial role in my decision to pursue medicine. Now as the first in my family to graduate from college, I am fortunate to be at a position where I can begin to make changes that will positively impact my community. As I continue to move forward in my decision of becoming a medical doctor, I know that the journey will be demanding. However, I have the needs of my community, the sweat and tears of my parents’ hard work, and my commitment to increasing the equity of healthcare, as motivation to push me through any obstacles in my way. Ultimately, I hope to one day not only be able to better the quality of care my patients receive but also increase the visibility of doctors-of-color in order to inspire younger generations of underrepresented kids to pursue a profession in medicine.