One of the biggest reasons I chose VCOM was because I felt chosen. From the start of my interview day until now, the near completion of my first year, the faculty, staff, and my fellow classmates have been nothing but supportive and encouraging. VCOM’s family atmosphere is similar to my undergraduate university’s and has been monumental in my transition to medical school.
Who or what has inspired you while at VCOM?
Being a part of VCOM Louisiana’s inaugural class has presented exciting moments and challenges; to say I have been well inspired would be an understatement. Since the start of medical school, I have been surrounded by the most diverse group of individuals who support and complement each other so well. My classmates and close friends have become my family, and I can honestly say I would not be here without them. My first year has been made memorable by a global pandemic, two hurricanes, and even a snowstorm, but that has not hindered the campus’s ability to adapt to quick change. Even when things are difficult, I am constantly inspired to be a better student, friend, and future physician by everyone I encounter here at VCOM.
How has the VCOM mission-inspired you as a medical student?
VCOM’s mission to train future physicians to meet the needs of rural communities and medically underserved populations has inspired me to work hard and be a better human. Throughout lab and lecture, I am constantly reminded to be patient-oriented and ultimately serve others to the best of my ability. It is evident that the physicians we are learning from are active in serving the community and instilling in us the importance of prevention, health, and wellness. VCOM excels in promoting its mission and the tenets of osteopathic medicine, and I am grateful to be a student.
Who or what inspired you to study medicine?
I’ve always had an interest in science; however, my grandmother’s passing really grounded my desire to study medicine. My family and I went through many temperamental seasons of her health, and through attending her numerous doctors’ appointments, I found myself in constant exposure to medical environments. I became fascinated with the physicians that I encountered. I was inspired by their knowledge and determination to care for a total stranger, not only because it was their job but because they genuinely were concerned. Throughout this process, I’ve learned from many before me that to be a physician, you must have the knowledge and drive and the compassion and willingness to serve others. I ultimately want my patients to be seen beyond their diagnosis, and through my life experiences, I have found that my identity lies in helping others. In becoming a physician, I will be able to help others every day, even with the slightest bit of knowledge and support.
Why did you choose VCOM?
I was fortunate enough to have early exposure to VCOM because of a colleague who currently attends VCOM-Auburn. I did my research on the osteopathic profession and realized that the combination of lifestyle, modern medicine, and a holistic approach is my ideal view on medicine. One of the biggest reasons I chose VCOM was because I felt chosen. From the start of my interview day until now, the near completion of my first year, the faculty, staff, and my fellow classmates have been nothing but supportive and encouraging. VCOM’s family atmosphere is similar to my undergraduate university’s and has been monumental in my transition to medical school.
What do you enjoy most about living in the area around your campus?
VCOM-Louisiana is situated directly on Bayou Desiard, which makes for a nice view while studying. When the weather is nice, my friends and I love to take a walk around the school or have picnics on the back patio. We also usually get a glimpse of the ULM waterskiing team, making for an eventful study break. Besides the nice views, Monroe has some great local restaurants. At least once a week, my friends and I like to get dressed up and treat ourselves to a nice meal to celebrate another week of completed exams. Our favorite places are Parish and Warehouse No. 1.
What do you like to do in your free time?
On the rare occasion that I’m not studying, I love working out or getting in the kitchen to cook a nice meal. I’ve learned that taking time for yourself in medical school is an absolute must. Nothing beats an intense sweat session or a long walk to decompress. My favorite thing about cooking a meal from scratch is the individual flair you can add to it. I love trying to recreate healthier versions of meals; however, I can’t say no to a homemade chocolate chip cookie.
Are you interested in a particular practice or specialty once you graduate? What has inspired your interest in this specialty?
I started medical school with a strong interest in pediatrics, but I am reminded to keep an open mind as time progresses. I have realized that I still have so much to learn, and I am looking forward to one day picking a specialty. My top interests right now are pediatrics, OBGYN, and internal medicine. I like the idea of growing close to my patients and caring for them through a lifespan.