Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

I chose to attend medical school because I have a strong vocation for science and being people’s advocate. To me, my future white coat represents many things such as my privilege to add action to empathy. It represents the privilege of building trust with my patients and my dedication to working to resolve global and domestic healthcare disparities. I am commited to fiercely advocate for all patients and serve with compassion, humility and respect. It means that my patients don’t have to go it alone. My white coat is a culmination of generations whose hopes are almost on my shoulders. Medicine is an opportunity to use my heart and mind to their fullest potential. It represents my lifelong promise to serve patients at all levels-from cellular, to individual, to societal. My white coat is a handkerchief to wipe away the tears of humanity. My white coat represents practicing medicine through listening to and learning from my lovely patients and treating them as they are-as whole, complex human beings.
I dream of attending residency in L.A. There, I would mentor a student at the Fulfillment Fund, an organization aiding students in educationally and economically under-resourced communities in L.A. From schooling in Costa Rica, I helped a community where there was a Hepatitis A outbreak, so I would return and ensure they are okay.
I will open a civic functional medicine clinic during residency or after as a practicing MD aiming to heal patients through traditional and naturopathic alternatives. Functional medicine focuses on modifiable lifestyle factors. Rather then treating the disease, the goal is to identify the root of it based on biochemical individuality and environmental factors. For example, asthma can start in the air around us. An apt part of asthma treatment for a patient could be having a social worker fix mold and alike issues in their home. I would like to promote this way of thinking in medicine. Being fluent in Spanish and French, I can help the masses.

Nyia from Texas