Michele Collado
Fall 2015
Interpreter Team
Spanish Interpreter

Member since: Fall 2015

My interest in medicine began at a young age, as a child I would say I wanted to be a “vacunera”, which is a Spanish word I made up to describe someone who gives people vaccines. For me the question was never whether I wanted to go into medicine or not, but how involved a role I wanted to take on. Above all, what draws me towards medicine is the way it makes patients feel. I’m not referring to just making them feel better physically but how the patients feel when they enter a hospital knowing that everyone there is dedicated to their well being. This is the kind of environment I want to be a part of.

Medicine is one of the most honorable and selfless career paths someone could possibly pursue. Television often promotes a glamorous and idealistic view of what the job of a physician is, when in reality it is a position of service and self-sacrifice. Being the daughter of immigrants, I know about sacrifice and the value of hard work. I am so fortunate that my parents have shared with me their culture and especially their language, a skill that continuously proves to be more and more valuable. There is something particularly touching about speaking to a distressed person in his or her own language. I am excited to be able to use this skill in aiding the LEP community on the Spanish Interpreting Team. I look forward to all the new experiences and opportunities that SCOPE has to offer.