The accomplishment I am most proud of
Leading several fundraisers as president of the Graduate Certificate Program including, Red Cross, Honduran Orphanage, and Appalachian Outreach Programs.
The reason I chose VCOM is
Before I attended the VCOM Graduate Certificate Pre-medical Program, I had heard that VCOM was a very "close-knit family." At the time, I honestly didn't know what that could mean in terms of a medical school. However, during that year I found that everyone I encountered including administration, faculty, current and former students were all willing to go out of their way to help one another and there was always and open door, or a listening ear when someone needed help. The school became home and everyone involved became family. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
I chose to go into medicine because
I worked as a scribe for a surgeon for almost two years. I asked him this same question and his answer resonated with me. He said that "we are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life." I believe that being a physician and bringing health to others is the best opportunity to add to others' lives and help them find happiness and at the end of the day that is all anyone really wants--to be happy.
For me, the most unforgettable moment in medical school was
It was actually a medical mission trip I took with the VCOM Graduate Certificate Pre-medical Program before starting my first year as a medical student. We went to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and taught health modules to underprivileged children. This was my first time travelling out of the country and the first time I had ever flown. Even with a language barrier, we learned as much from the kids as they did from us. I look forward to going on more mission trips that VCOM provides in the future.