Michael Chen
Fall 2014
Photography & Videography

Member since: Fall 2014

I spent the first six years of my life in Manhattan, New York City, at the Columbia Medical Center Nursery School. Being in such close proximity to a major hospital sparked my curiosity for medicine at a young age. I would sometimes sit at the entrance to the hospital, watching people walk in and out. I would see familiar faces from time to time, and it was remarkable to me how people who entered just a few days earlier would exit with smiles on their faces, as if they had just been relieved of some great burden in life.

The central role of a physician is to relieve pain and suffering–to rid their patients of mental and physical burdens. I joined SCOPE to gain a perspective on this role in vivo. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work as a team with physicians, staff, and other SCOPE members to gain clinical experience and help make healthcare more accessible to underserved communities.