Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
Twice a month, I volunteered alongside medical professionals at the RFC to offer free healthcare to all who entered the clinic regardless of financial means and citizenship status. Checking my personal challenges at the door, I dedicated the highest level of respect and attention to each patient as they flooded in. Each clinic, I engaged with families, listened to their challenges, and supported them as best I could with resources to ease their worries. Working at the community center and volunteering at the free clinic has shown me that access to healthcare is not equal for all and that lower socioeconomic and minority communities experience the most significant gap in access to healthcare. My medically underserved community has inspired me to pursue a medical degree so that I can transform the health of my family, friends, and neighbors by increasing access to healthcare for all.
Alexis from California
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine