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TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship Recipients


  Aisha S. - Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach

I, like many individuals have many goals and dreams. My goal since I was a young child is to help out in the community and make a difference in the lives of people. This major goal led me to the decision of having a future career that will allow me to benefit the lives of many people and improve their quality of life and as a result I was adamant on having a career in the healthcare field. I believe healthcare is an essential need in life and is a great field to make a difference in the lives of others. 

  Abigail A. - Dartmouth College

I have chosen to pursue a career in the healthcare industry because medicine combines three of my favorite things: problem solving, working in teams, and helping others. These are three activities that I find particularly exciting and motivating, and combining them seems to me to be an ideal career choice. Additionally, the complexity of the human body and how it functions has always fascinated me particularly because there is always another question that can be asked and explored further. 

  Arianna D. - Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey

From a young age, I was taught the importance of service and community. Inspired by my grandfather’s story, and surrounded by other family members who fostered a tradition to serve, I realized early on that the best way to combine my love for biology and my desire to advocate for the underserved was to pursue a dual degree in medicine and public health. It did not take me long to realize that it was not I who chose to pursue a career in healthcare, but that it was this destiny that had already chosen me. 

  Aleksandra D. - University of California-Los Angeles

I first came to medicine through science. I’ve always loved understanding the world around me and how we can use that knowledge to solve the problems that we encounter. Biology in particular attracted me because of the rapidly changing landscape of the field. I chose healthcare because medicine allows me to work in a challenging and rewarding career that both offers intellectual stimulation and the opportunity to help others. I am incredibly lucky to have been afforded the opportunities that have come my way, and serving in healthcare is the best way that I can pay that privilege forward. 

  Arth P. - University of California-Los Angeles

A smile is a powerful expression of love and affection. By allowing me to be responsible for someone’s smile, the field of dentistry gives me a platform to bring positive energy into this world. It also gives me pleasure to know that I can better someone’s oral health and improve self-esteem. In addition, dentistry offers opportunity to give back to my community and to help eradicate disparities in healthcare. Holistically, just as the pieces of a puzzle come together to reveal a larger image, these aspects have come together to reveal my passion to create smiles all around the world. 

  Brian L. - University of California-San Francisco

Ultimately, the appeal of dentistry is putting education into action that is relational, immediately impactful, and empowering. Growing up tending to the under-served locally and globally, I realize the need is great. I am excited to join individuals dedicated to excellent service in a field that affects people and their wellbeing on a daily basis. My hope is to be a stepping stone, advocating for and building others up by giving back through dentistry. 

  Cherie F. - Vanderbilt University

If my desire to serve others first drew me to ophthalmology, then it is the opportunity for innovation in patient care that fuel my pursuit. My first foray into ophthalmology was as an undergraduate volunteering locally with Unite for Sight (UFS). Over my four years with UFS, I was introduced to ophthalmology’s spectrum of services. Experiences like connecting a visually-impaired senior to corrective surgical treatment or witnessing an anxious parent’s relief as they learned that a need for glasses, and not a learning disability, accounted for their child's learning difficulties sparked my admiration for ophthalmology's transformative potential. 

  Connie S. - Harvard University

What I enjoy best about healthcare is the opportunity to meet individuals from all walks of life, working with them to understand their world, their hopes and their wishes, and then using advancements in our understanding of disease to help them navigate challenges to their wellness. In no other field can one work with children and adults alike; men and women; individuals of all socioeconomic, ethnic, and professional backgrounds. The issues that affect our health are not specific to any one segment of society – rather, they affect us all: via healthcare I encounter the universality of the human experience. 

  Devika B. - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

I have been fortunate to receive opportunities to explore health and medicine on a variety of levels. The opportunity to delve into the trenches of research has provided me with a deeper understanding of the basis of disease, while a determination to understand patients and their needs on a personal level has led to my involvement in global and public health causes. These experiences have allowed me to better understand the complexities of individuals and their illnesses, and have made it clear that a career in medicine is the path to professional and personal fulfillment that I want to follow. 

  Devan P. - Florida State University

The vast overlap between my innate curiosity to apply scientific concepts to the human body, my unyielding desire to serve the underserved, and the role of a physician in providing health care confirms that pursuing a career in medicine is right for me. As an avid learner, science enthusiast, and public servant, a career in medicine will allow me to positively impact the lives of others, to fulfill an internal desire to learn and understand the science of medicine, to serve those who have the greatest need, and to challenge myself each day to become a better physician. 

  Emily M. - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I have had the privilege of working in diverse clinical settings, from an inner city ER, to a tribal clinic in Wisconsin, to an HIV/AIDs clinic in rural India. In these places I witnessed the indignities of poverty and systemic injustice. I witnessed persons suffering from disease both preventable and curable. I witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. In quiet exam rooms and bustling hallways, I felt a shared fate with the world around me. As a medical student, I am eager to serve on behalf of the disenfranchised. 

  Elizabeth Z. - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Helping someone navigate the vulnerability of illness as a healthcare provider is both a privilege and a challenge. I have wanted to be a physician since high school, but it was not until I worked as a nursing assistant that I fully realized how satisfied I could feel helping patients. Healthcare is a good match for my interests, and strengths. As a physician, I can have the level of autonomy that I want, the intellectual challenge of being a diagnostician, and the satisfaction of patient care. 

  Gregory F. - Vanderbilt University

It's all about the patients, - it has always been the patients that have inspired me. I am interested in pursuing a career in healthcare because healthcare is a field that unique affords the opportunity to make a direct, lasting, meaningful, and positive impact on the lives of my future and current patients. The healthcare industry, for all of its flaws, meets an incredible need in our community and fulfills a fundamentally human desire to be well. I really couldn't imagine being a part of any other industry. 

  Harrison F. - Duke University

In the end, the answer to this question will always be the people. It will be the patients that we will remember. It will always sound cliché, but frankly, it has to be. Helping people is why we all go into healthcare. Instead of pursuing a job that will pay the bills, we desire a career that will need physical strength, a disciplined mind, and a compassionate heart to help perfect strangers. I think we all sign up for a purpose in life and we work our whole careers trying to live up to it. 

  Ivy V. - University of California-San Francisco

Through shadowing comprehensive dental care performed on underserved or medically comprised patients, I realized just how much I wanted to be in this role where I could be at the front end to provide dental care, alleviate tooth pain, build relationships, and improve the lives of individuals. Ultimately though, to use the art of scientific knowledge and serve in a mentoring role to empower and give ownership of dental care to patients was most meaningful to me. Getting the privilege to learn from these experiences solidified my interest in serving humanity beyond the boundaries of country, language, and culture. 

  Jakob G. - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

I have witnessed the incredible need for more effective and more available healthcare. I want to contribute my efforts to improve and extend the scope of medicine to people who are underprivileged and in need of advocating, whether individuals or populations. Furthermore, I am intimately fascinated by medicine! It is a constantly evolving field that utilizes the application of science to improve, repair, or manipulate the complex systems of the human body, resulting in healing, transforming lives, and promoting hope and life. I want to develop the skills to benefit others in their moments of greatest need. 

  Santino B. - Harvard University

The healthcare industry is an industry of service. It is comprised of individuals and interdisciplinary teams whose ultimate mission is to alleviate pain and human suffering. Obtaining a degree which could possibly impact multitudes with new treatments and perhaps cures is a responsibility that ignites my soul. Upon reflection, I realize my time dedicated to ministration over the past ten years has prepared me for this journey. The path I have chosen will allow me to provide compassionate attention to patients in distress; empathy and support for enervated loved ones; and the latest education, innovative procedures, and pharmaceutical advancements available. 

  John A. - Wake Forest University

My life experiences and fierce experience in life sciences has shown me that I have the needed temperament and scientific curiosity to succeed in the healthcare field. Serving as the primary caretaker for my grandmother with Alzheimer's showed me that a doctor must offer emotional support and not just physical care. I believe that my compassion for helping others, cultivated by a life of community service in a wide range of medical settings, will be a great asset in caring for future patients. Finally, I want to contribute to improving the lives of others, regardless of their background or beliefs. 

  Jacqueline C. - Emory University

I am a student in an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program. I hold a Master in Public Health with a concentration in maternal and child health. My greatest passion is “ladies and babies”. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up. It’s what I do all day long. It’s what I dream about when I lay down to sleep. Truly, birth is the very stuff of life, and being present in such a personal, often difficult, intimate experience is an immense, beautiful honor. I love understanding the body. I love supporting women. And I aim to further cultivate and use that knowledge to treat patients and empower them with the information, tools, confidence, and care they need to bring back birth. 

  Jeffery H. - University of Miami

Physician is one of the few professions where I can help others in their time of crisis. I spent many long nights in the emergency room or weeks in a hospital bed, not as a provider but as a patient. I have come to appreciate when a caring and passionate physician or nurse takes the time to care for me. I want others to experience real care not just healthcare. Doctors were champions for me in my time of need. I now have the opportunity to return the favor by working hard and committing to do this noble work. 

  Kim W. - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Medicine is one of the rare professions that allows us to use our mind, body and soul to make a positive impact on people’s lives. My Asian heritage values a holistic approach to patient-centered care that considers the biomedical, pathophysiological, epidemiologic, and psychosocioeconomic determinants of health. It goes beyond simply integrating applied medical knowledge and best medical evidence. It requires effective communication skills, empathy for the patient, self-awareness, and willingness to consider patient / family preferences. Doctors cannot forget there is a human side to medicine. I chose medicine because I can make a difference in this life-saving profession. 

  Luke A. – University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

My life mission is to care for others, educate them about their health, and through this, positively impact families and my community. Dentistry provides me with the opportunity to be a positive agent for change, inspire others to action, form positive relationships - and spend my life in service of others. I can think of no higher calling for me - and while it has been a long road full of hard work, I am honestly overjoyed to have found the profession that enables me to apply my unique skills and experiences to the betterment of others each day. 

  Leroy K. - Nova Southeastern University

Healthcare in general has evolved from a top-down to the patient-centered approach today. Research have shown that when put in charge of their own health, patients become more motivated to take care of themselves. This coupled with individualised drug regimens personalised to each person, and we have an area that pharmacists can excel in. That is why I believe as a pharmacist I will have a huge role to play, especially in ambulatory care. Pharmacists are able to spend more time with patients with chronic diseases and I believe ambulatory care can be a niche for us in the future. 

  Sarah M. - Wake Forest University

Helping others is a goal and a part of my daily life. This passion for helping people is a natural component of healthcare and has led me to the medical field. Volunteer service and leadership have always been an extensive part of my life, and have directed most of my choices. Service to others is directly connected to leadership. Leadership is about making an organization shine and helping the people in it to be successful. The field of medicine combines both leadership and teamwork, and is dedicated to the service of others at its core. 

  Meredith G. - University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Medicine is a career unlike any other. After a professional stint at a firm where money was the product, I am excited to make my name in a field that feels so vital and work alongside peers motivated by more than just a paycheck. If I’m going to feel stressed about work, I want to feel stress because a child’s vital signs dropped rather than because stocks dropped or because I have an Excel error. I want to spend my life working in an intellectually stimulating space where knowledge honed is relevant to my family and all my fellow humans. 

  Mir Shanaz H. - University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Once I resolved to become a doctor, I began to work towards this goal by becoming an EMT. The medical skills I acquired allowed me to provide care and support others in emergencies. My EMT experience introduced me to patient care, and I was able to further appreciate how doctors impact their patients through shadowing a variety of specialties. I observed how doctors strive to help their patients achieve optimal health. My experiences as an EMT and shadowing reinforced my conviction that I would best help others as a physician and I could not imagine myself doing anything else.  

  Molly T. - Wake Forest University

What started as an interest in childhood obesity changed over the years to a broader interest in medicine, focusing on pediatrics. As I took courses in biology, neuroscience, physiology and biochemistry, I found myself marveling in the complexity of the human body, and how disease processes can affect it. I began to realize that medicine connected my passions for service, science, children, and health, as well as peaked my curiosity. After completing an intensive shadowing program in clinical neurology and volunteering in the local Children’s hospital I knew there was no other field that suited me as well as medicine.  

  Nomazwe N. - Georgetown University

In 2014 I attended a medical mission trip to Haiti. Daily, the patient line bent endlessly around the hospital. Looking at the children patiently waiting, I was reminded of my young cousins in Zimbabwe who in many ways resemble them, including the difficulty accessing healthcare both experience. For me, global health is a responsibility to use my talents and opportunities to aid those who do not experience health care as a human right. My personal connection drives me to seek becoming a doctor with diligence, both for the sake of my countrymen and for people like them around the world.  

  Nirosha P. - Stanford University

While shadowing in Sri Lanka’s National Cancer Hospital, I connected deeply with the hospital director’s words: “Many people avoid oncology or general medicine to avoid being surrounded by suffering, pain, and death. But these patients experience a complex suffering that is physical, social, and spiritual in nature and if anyone needs help in this world, it is them.” While his statement was a somber one, his faith in transformation—-of suffering into hope, of pain into peace, and weakness into strength—-inspired me and made me sure that this was the profession I wanted to devote my life too.  

  Nicholas S. - University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

I am driven by my incessant curiosity and desire to understand the complexities within the human mind and body. I have chosen to pursue a career in the healthcare field as a physician because this allows me to pursue my lifelong dream of serving others while also exploring my scientific inquiries and interests. As a result of my family’s background, I want to become a physician so that I can treat the mind, body and soul of my patients, as I understand how scary and helpless it feels to be on the receiving end of healthcare.  

  Nyshidha G. - Saint Bonaventure University

The experiences I have had shaped the person I am today, and the person I hope to be in the future, as a healthcare provider. As a physician, I would be able to use what I have learned as an EMT and extend the scope of my practice to be able to heal and sustain human life. I would be able to practically apply the life sciences I have grown to be passionate for through my education and research in assessing the human body. Most importantly, I would be able to care for patients at their time of greatest need.  

  Ryan E. - Columbia University in the City of New York

Once I realized the kind of influence I wanted to make in the world, I decided to transition from a career as a naval pilot to a profession in medicine. My eyes were opened to the field of aviation medicine during flight training, and I came to realize the true impact that healthcare workers have on individuals on a day-to-day basis. This experience, in addition to a fascination for the human body and its physiology, was so influential that I was driven towards making this exciting career change.  

  Sakibul H. - Johns Hopkins University

Early in my studies, I was drawn to medicine by the allure of human biology and cutting-edge science and the promise of improving lives; with time, I developed even greater appreciation for medicine’s ability to capture the beautiful complexity of the human experience in perhaps its rawest form. I am passionate about deeply engaging with patients and families and guiding them through life’s most arduous trials; as a corollary, I seek to prevent such situations through public health initiatives. Through these endeavors and with a spirit of public service, I hope to celebrate the human condition and alleviate human suffering.  

  Laura S. - Ohio State University College of Medicine

My fascination with medicine increased particularly after I shadowed a heart surgeon. I was astonished that modern medicine could only attempt to control the very heartbeat that so many human beings frequently go without noticing and appreciating. I was finally able to express my desire to become a physician after I performed CPR at the Ohio Stadium. As the woman, stable, was wheeled into the ambulance, I finally found the words to describe my aspiration to become a physician: I desire to work with patients during their brightest and darkest hours, providing compassionate care when they need it the most.  

  Sumedh S. - University of Miami

While the importance of medical interventions can never be understated, healing is not simply a scientific endeavor. The authority of allopathy is balanced by the power of compassion, and the might of medication is equalized by the strength of simply listening and understanding. I decided to become a physician because I want to use my medical training and my experiences with my father’s untimely passing to provide the clinical expertise needed to ensure the physical safety of my patients and to provide the emotional well-being necessary to a patient’s true healing.  

  Taman H. - University of California-Davis

The saying “silence is golden” is a common theme in the Asian Pacific Islander community with regards to health disparities and mental health. Many suffer silently and are afraid to seek help. However, I have seen firsthand that doctors have the ability to bring communities together to start a much needed dialogue about these concerns. This is why I decided to go to medical school and why I have plans to pursue a dual residency program in family medicine and psychiatry in order to address the needs of my community. It is time to end this silence and speak up.  

  Tolani O. - University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

As a physician, I get to play a part in ensuring quality healthcare for members of my community. I’m allowed the wonderful opportunity of teaching people about their bodies and helping them achieve wholesome lives through one-on-one interactions. As a scientist, I have the potential of engaging thousands of lives across the globe through my research. Through my concerted efforts, countless individuals could lead improved, wholesome lives for decades. It’s hard to imagine a more rewarding and intellectually satisfying career path. And I look forward to a life of service as a physician-scientist that is truly fulfilling in every way.  

  Linda V. - University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

I believe every human being has a right to health. Unfortunately, today’s reality is that many individuals do not have equitable access to healthcare or other services to uphold this fundamental right. I have observed too many human rights violations and acts of discrimination and oppression—as long as there is one individual suffering injustice in this world, I refuse to be a passive bystander. Instead, I have devoted myself to the empowerment of patients and communities, the promotion of ethical, comprehensive, and culturally-sensitive healthcare, and, ultimately, to the transformation of our healthcare system through social movements and policy reform.  

  Vivian V. - University of California-Davis

I, myself, am a child of immigrant parents. At a young age, my father left, leaving my family in economic and emotional turmoil. My experiences through adversity have not only made me stronger as a person, but have also made me more sensitive and capable of working with the very underserved communities to which I am dedicated. With a passion to intervene in the adverse health outcomes of poverty, I plan to provide not only care, but also the knowledge and resources people need so that they may be agents of change in improving their own health and livelihoods.  

  William W. – New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury

While majoring in biomedical engineering, I was fascinated by the advancements in medical technology and the rise of personalized medicine. However, I instinctively knew that I wanted to play a more comprehensive role in delivering healthcare. Pursuing a medical degree was, hence, inevitable. In addition, an introductory course on community health I took three years ago helped me realize addressing public health inequities is equally important, if not more so. Health affects all the world’s citizens. Ensuring proper healthcare, a human right that everyone should have access to, will be an honor and privilege.  


  Aswin B. - University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

My parents arrived from India and typically espoused the viewpoints of Mahatma Gandhi, of giving back. It was with their prodding I joined in Boy Scouts. It connected me with my earliest service experiences in nursing homes. Gandhi stated “Our utmost cause in life should be to win the hearts of others by showing our willingness to serve causes greater than ourselves.” With that statement, Gandhi was espousing the principle of Seva, selfless service. I participated in youth leadership programs and health fairs. With interest to the STEM field and inspiration to service, I chose health area to serve. 

  Christopher C. - The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Something as simple as a smile has the potential for so much good. It has the ability to turn someone’s day around, or alter someone’s life for the better. Some take it for granted, others capture it with a photo and make it last a lifetime. Regardless, having the opportunity to be responsible for someone else’s smile and oral health is something few have the opportunity to experience. I can’t wait to be one of those people. 

  Megan C. - The University of Texas - Pan American

I have chosen to become a Physician Assistant because of my passion for helping others which came from the joy of caring for my severely disabled little brother. To me, healthcare is THE most rewarding career. There is no greater reward than being able to save or change a person’s life. I find life fulfillment and joy in caring for others. Whether healing an injury or helping a patient make beneficial health decisions that can extend the longevity or increase the quality of their life, my passion is deeply rooted in serving those in need selflessly and without hesitation. 

  Keona C. - Howard University

Following my brother’s illness, I felt helpless. This experience was most disheartening, yet encouraging. My brother continues to maintain a great state of health after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a life-saving donor. This ignited my passion for medicine and appreciation of life. I am interested in medicine because I have a passion for service, education, and commitment to improving health through extraordinary patient care. Faced with many adversities, my sincerest desire is to remain a humble physician. I am looking forward to the challenges, joys, and heartbreaks of medicine, and each experience cultivating an accomplished and well-rounded physician. 

  Alaina D. - University of Tennessee: Memphis

The human body is unbelievably complex, so healthcare is a field that will continue to grow, develop, and, most importantly, challenge those who participate in it. As someone who craves knowledge and understanding of mechanisms, healthcare is the perfect industry for me. Pursuing a career in pharmacy, I not only seek comprehend the inner workings of the body but to learn to manipulate these processes medicinally. Additionally, incorporating my passion for ever-changing technology, pharmacy informatics becomes a perfect career choice for me. Through this medical and technical knowledge I will be able to better the lives of others. 

  Lan D. - Oregon State University

Population health requires looking at individuals holistically, which means understanding their cultural background and histories; understanding the interactions between socioeconomic, cultural, environmental factors; and addressing the problems at the individual, community, local, and broader (government and laws) levels. My experiences highlight the importance of health equity and better quality of life for everyone. Most importantly, in a profession that demands all of my commitment, I have found my determinations and inspirations to flourish become a health professional for the people. 

  Stephen D. - The University of Texas Medical Branch

I was always interested in being a doctor since my father and grandfather were Urologists when I was growing up. In addition to this, my mentor was an orthopedic surgeon who ended up dying from a heart attack. After this, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor to help prevent preventable diseases and help people regain their health. 

  Amanda E. - Marquette University

Ultimately, my interests, skills, and values have led me to choose a career in healthcare and devoting myself to helping others. My compassion, empathy, and teaching skills will allow me to connect to every individual I encounter in the health field, and will help me to be able to evaluate and teach them to progress to a happier, healthier lifestyle. I am passionate about learning the skills needed to be an excellent health care provider, and I am excited to continue to master the sciences, technology, and communication skills needed to be a leader in this field. 

  Lauren E. - University of Virginia-Main Campus

When I was a child, I was a puzzle-working fanatic. Whether the puzzle was small, large, flat, or 3-D, if you gave it to me, I would solve it. As I grew up, I was fascinated by science, especially in regards to the human body, and the puzzles it presented, both solved and unsolved. Since deciding to become a physician at a young age, I have not looked back once. I cannot think of anything more energizing and rewarding than solving health puzzles on a daily basis, and in the process, helping to improve the lives of others. 

  David F. - Columbia University in the City of New York

As a the preeminent epidemiologist Geoffrey Rose once stated, “It is better to be healthy than ill or dead. That is the beginning and end of the only real argument for preventative medicine. It is sufficient.” In concurrence with Rose’s belief, I am pursuing a career in the healthcare industry because I believe, as a global citizen, it is my responsibility to reduce unnecessary suffering from illness and death whenever possible. 

  Meghan F. - Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center

When I was young, my mother informed me of my late aunt’s crippling childhood that resulted from Polio. I realized at a young age that if my aunt had been born twenty years later, the polio vaccine would have helped to prevent her contraction of this horrible disease. I was drawn towards the healthcare industry to help people gain a higher quality of life through scientific discoveries and breakthrough interventions. I have always found disease etiology fascinating and wish to contribute my knowledge to others through the combination of my academic and personal experiences. 

  Casey F. - Columbia University in the City of New York

I am pursuing a career in public health because I am dedicated to improving wellbeing among both individuals and populations. I see public health as a matter of social justice and basic fairness; some populations unjustly experience neglect or abuse due to their socioeconomic position. Righting those wrongs and improving the health of impacted populations have beneficial health, social, and even economic reverberations far beyond the population in question. In the field of public health, I can and will use my talents and determination to make a tangible and positive difference in the world. 

  Lauren G. - Brown University

Ever since my family’s car accident in 2007, I knew I had to become a physician. But during my time at Brown, I learned more about doctoring. I learned that it's not about being perfect. It’s not about being a demigod or being the most intellectual individual. It’s about something more important than that. It’s about care. It’s about love. And God calls us all to love. Becoming a Family Psychiatrist is my way of loving the world. It’s the best way I know I can. And I’m very grateful that I have this blessed opportunity to do just that. 

  Venkata G. - The University of Texas at San Antonio

From a young age, medicine has always remained in a deep and central location in my heart, never failing to provide me with the simple joys that are associated with helping others. There is no other profession that allows an individual to truly understand the essence of life. No profession allows you to hear peoples’ stories firsthand, become part of their pain, and ultimately save their lives from the depth of destruction. I want to serve as a preserver of peoples’ happiness and act as a safeguard of their emotions, because for me, that is why medicine is truly magical. 

  Nghiem H. - University of California-Davis

The privilege of being a healthcare provider and advocate for underserved/understudied patient populations, being a mentor/teacher, and researcher that is able to contribute to medical literature has instilled in a me a deep-seeded desire to pursue a career as an academic physician-scientist. The opportunity to improve the lives of those around me is in itself, the greatest honor. My experiences in the medical field thus far have taught me that medicine goes beyond cures and diagnosis, rather, it also encompasses compassion, communication and the human connection; and more importantly, has reaffirmed my desire of becoming an academic physician in hepatology. 

  Joseph H. - Case Western Reserve University

As described above, my coursework and research experiences have provided an outlet for critical and creative thinking, and have led me to envision a career in academic medicine. Outside of academia, I regularly volunteer at the Community Health Initiative, a student-run, free health clinic at local homeless shelters in Cleveland. I also spend time volunteering with children afflicted by medical disease both at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times as well as at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. These activities have been a great way to give back to the local community and serve as inspiration for my studies. 

  Maegan H. - Campbell University Inc

From a young age I knew I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. I concluded physician assistant was the best fit after working and shadowing in a variety of medical professions. Currently, U.S. healthcare is undergoing unprecedented reform. Effective changes will be made when healthcare professionals work together in patient centered care. Being a team player and mediator is one of my strengths and I desire to be a catalyst that positively improves the current healthcare system. The healthcare industry will offer me a job where I am challenged and intellectually stimulated daily. 

  Jiyoo(Amy) K. - Loma Linda University Inc

I chose a healthcare career because it provides me the opportunity to help those who are sick and in pain. I recall wanting so desperately to provide medical relief for my mother when she was suffering from breast cancer. This desire did not subside when my mother recovered but evolved into an undying determination to become a pharmacist. My heart is set on becoming a pharmacist as opposed to a physician because the emphasis of pharmacy is more on therapeutics than it is on diagnosis. I am determined to serve as a bridge between physicians and patients related to medication. 

  Angela K. - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

I have been interested in chemistry and biology for many years, and my personal experiences with a bleeding disorder have served to make a career in medical laboratory science very appealing to me. I expect that being able to follow this passion of mine will be extremely rewarding. More importantly, working in the healthcare profession will better allow me to provide many people with great medical treatment, just like the kind my brother and I have been so lucky to receive. 

  Tasmiha K. - University of Utah

Service and learning give meaning to my life. I have made it a point to always engage in activities where the emphasis is on serving others. Committing myself to a career of lifelong learning and service, in which my intellectual curiosity will also flourish as I engage in the search for new treatments and heal others, is what drives me to medicine. Medicine will merge my skills and interests, providing me an ever-changing journey of discovery and challenge, which I embrace wholeheartedly. Consequently, I have chosen to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. 

  Rachael L. - Liberty University

Health care in the form of being a practicing physician combines knowledge, desire and to a certain extent an artistic ability into a challenging profession. I also wish to provide my abilities to those in need. Health care represents about one sixth of our gross national product and will always be in need of professionals willing to push their personal envelope for years to come. 

  Henry M. - University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

The human condition is constantly under assault by the forces of geopolitics, epidemiological threats, and the ever-present specter of scarcity. My interest in the healthcare industry emerges from the same desire that drove me to study medicine as a profession: the potential to improve the lives, the quality of life, of as many people as I can. It is my firm belief that by working to promote, protect, and guarantee the health of the general public through creating innovative or disruptive solutions to previously insurmountable or intangible problems, we can create a more beneficent, stable, equitable, and just global society. 

  Neal M. - Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Joseph Majdan, lifetime Sidney Kimmel Medical College faculty, instructed me on the first day: “Treat the patient, not the disease.” His instruction encapsulates the fascinating dichotomy between science and humanity in medicine as well as the slippery slope in losing sight of the patient’s humanity. It’s more than lifelong learning, science, and ambition. Medicine necessitates desire to become invested in the most intimate details of a patient’s life, bestowing non-discriminatory compassion upon them, and employing training to the best of your ability to improve life. My understanding of this has most substantially influenced my pursuit of medicine. 

  Mary M. - University of Illinois at Chicago

Through my experiences I saw first-hand the profound impact a skilled empathetic physician has on her patients’ lives. I saw and experienced barriers that inhibit a person’s good health. I learned of disparities within healthcare, especially between developed nations and developing nations. Poor health impacts every other aspect of a person’s life. This knowledge has fueled my passion for ensuring every person, especially every child has access to healthcare provided by a quality physician. This passion, coupled with my interest and acumens causes me to pursue a career in healthcare as a physician serving in the US and Uganda. 

  Joselyn M. - Alabama State University

I chose the healthcare industry, because I have an immense desire to be a knowledgeable, skilled, helpful person in society that cares for those who are unable to care for themselves. Throughout my life time I have seen family members perish, because they didn't trust doctors, only herbal medicine. I would like to show my family that modern medicine can be beneficial. I would like to be the trusting face that the elderly can depend on and that children will look forward to seeing. I want to give my soul, my heart, and ultimately my entire being to medicine. 

  Brittany M. - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

I want to be a doctor because I have seen firsthand the importance of medicine, in my mother's mental illness and other personal experiences, and in shadowing. I love to challenge myself, and I am overflowing with empathy for others. As a doctor, I will have a lifetime of using both my mind and my heart. 

  Gretchan M. - Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

My experiences helped me ask and answer difficult, challenging, and painful questions. I knew from an early age that I loved science and wanted to have a career in a scientific field; later realizing I was suited for the medical field. It was through medical experiences as a child, a patient and during shadowing that I not only faced difficult situations but also learned from them. I have always been told that the way to reach your dreams is through education which is why I now pursue medical training. 

  David R. - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Though my passion for medicine began later than some of my contemporaries, I have always desired to spend my life in service to others, whether that was through my career or through my extracurricular activities. From a young age my parents set an example of service and community outreach that was contagious amongst myself and my siblings. So, I feel fortunate that my career passion meets my sensibility to help others. There is a synergy between medicine and service that will allow me to awaken every day realizing a higher purpose in serving others in times of health and disease. 

  Elaine R. - University of Illinois at Chicago

There wasn’t a pivotal event or a light bulb moment when I decided to be a physician. It was a culmination of volunteering and shadowing experience, a curiosity for science and research, a passion for serving others, and an enthusiasm for diversity - all tied together with the encouragement of my family. Having lived in a poor province in the Philippines, urban central Florida, and the Chicago metropolitan area, I recognize the connection and shortcomings between medicine and culture. These experiences developed my interest and goal as a future physician to alter patient care based on cultural and social factors. 

  Jeffrey R. - George Washington University

I firmly believe that physicians exist to serve their communities, and I could not be more excited to bring my passion for community health to the field! When our forefathers afforded us a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I truly believe that they were intending to ensure that all Americans would be able to access the services needed to live prosperous and fruitful lives. Therefore, as a community-minded physician, I will strive to advocate for policies that support a more equitable healthcare system that focuses upon prevention of chronic diseases. 

  Emily S. - University of California-Davis

I have witnessed firsthand the challenges underserved, low-income populations face in many facets of our society. But, medicine and education are two areas that have sparked a fire in me because of personal experiences. Helping my parents navigate the complicated healthcare system as a young girl laid the foundation for me to work towards transforming how healthcare is delivered to the community I am part of. I want to be a leader in clinical and academic medicine to address the healthcare disparities and train future leaders with the skills necessary to provide quality, comprehensive, holistic and accessible care to everyone. 

  Emily S. - Louisiana Tech University

As a Dietitian, our career is important in today's society because of the overwhelming need for nutritional education and assistance in health care due to the lack of knowledge individuals have towards nutritional science. Nutritional science is involved in identifying how certain diseases, conditions, or problems are caused by dietary factors, such as malnutrition, metabolic diseases, etc. I have a passion toward this field to help people live a healthy lifestyle. I want to promote better nutrition by speaking to groups or individuals about diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and preventing or managing specific diseases. 

  Nour S. - Nova Southeastern University

As a pharmacist, I am given the privilege to touch people's lives while simultaneously investing in a career that will allow me to grow and evolve. My passion for public service, coupled with my thirst for knowledge and self development, made a profession that's fulfilling, constantly changing and intellectually stimulating a natural choice. I believe I have a social obligation to help individuals of low socioeconomic status receive the care they deserve. Through this profession, I am given the tools to bridge the gaps in the healthcare system and bring about the changes I hope to see in the world. 

  Joshua S. - Colorado State University

I intend to use my career of combined biomedical and mechanical engineering to help both patients and doctors. If I can create some technology or technique that either makes the job of surgeons and doctors easier or eases the suffering of a patient, I will have succeeded. I want to prepare myself for a job where I use math, science, engineering, and technology to help people. I believe improving the stretcher, scalpel or IV pump, helps society in immeasurable ways and often is one of the best ways to repay the doctors and medical professionals, we owe so much to. 

  Cullen S. - Texas A & M University

Throughout my life there have been individuals who have influenced my desire to become a doctor. My paternal grandmother lived with my family for ten years. I watched doctors treat her over the course of my life, observing the patient’s point of view. My other (maternal) grandmother is a pediatrician, and has been practicing for over forty years. I watched how she interacts with patients since I was a child, observing the physician’s point of view. My inspiration to become a physician comes from both of these experiences. 

  Jessica S. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Many of the major health conditions currently faced by our nation, such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, are associated with poor diet. These health conditions also disproportionately affect disadvantaged populations. In order to address these challenges, innovative solutions are needed that not only provide knowledge on making healthy choices, but also change the environment to make the healthy choice the easy choice. By pursuing a career in public health nutrition, I hope to develop effective nutrition interventions and policies that can help to reduce the incidence of diet-related chronic health conditions and help alleviate health disparities. 

  Kaitlyn S. - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Familial decisions to entrust my healthcare in the hands of DOs exposed me to osteopathy at a young age. As healthcare increased specialization, I made the personal choice to remain with DOs, not only for quality of care and professional knowledge, also mentorships, and contributed advice to an aspiring physician. Thus what originated as a young-aged tradition of DO visits has blossomed into a well-rounded passion for physiology, continual acquisition of knowledge, and deep appreciation for the osteopathic career, what it offers patients, the work environment, curriculum, and holistic healthcare approach aimed beyond curing the cause, rather treating the patient. 

  Patrick W. - University of Findlay

The meaning of life is not to receive but to give to others what you have been given. This is the main reason why I have chosen the medial field as my specialty. Over the span of my life, thus far, there are many different incidences where the medical field has given life back to those I love. I want to become an occupational therapist because I believe that everyone deserves to completely engage in life. Seeing my mother gain back her independence from her occupational therapist, has given me the inspiration to enter the medical field. 

  Gustave W. - Virginia Commonwealth University

The healthcare industry fulfills everything I desire in a career. Medicine is not a job; it is a privilege to care for others. It will be difficult, but I know it will be worth it. I want to make a difference in other individual's lives. Furthermore, I know I will always be able to challenge myself in the healthcare industry. New discoveries are being made every day, and with that I will be learning more about medicine and patient care throughout my life. I am looking forward to continuing to push myself this way with a career in healthcare. 

  Ryan W. - East Carolina University

Through organizing a dental bus and volunteering at the NC-MOM dental clinics, I have seen the impact dentists make in rural populations. Dentists serve as leaders in promoting oral health education and its correlation to the overall health of the body. As a future dentist, I can use my career to change people’s lives for the better. Dentists serve as leaders not only in their office, but also in the community. I take great pride in knowing that I can soon use my education to benefit a community. 


  M. Natalie A. - Brown University

I first chose this specialty while on medical student rotation on L&D wards at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. This is an incredible and diverse field of clinical work and investigation. I have intentionally dedicated my personal and clinical work and educational efforts to serving at-risk and vulnerable populations of women. I am continually intrigued and inspired by the science and dynamics of this specialty. My specialty has always been especially challenged by changes in our healthcare system and leadership. This is particularly true today, in this time of unprecedented change and movement in healthcare. 

  Salim A. - Wayne State University

Before choosing to specialize in healthcare, I tried several industries including technology, government and financial services. I love working in healthcare for several reasons.  Most of all, it is an extremely powerful feeling to help someone in his or her most vulnerable state. Second, I am a student at heart. I most enjoy learning about the human experience and understanding why we are the way we are.  Healthcare examines that question with the goal of bettering humankind. Third, I think healthcare best uses my talents. I have the background and motivation to impact healthcare on a large or small-scale.

  Julie B. - University of California, San Francisco

My main motivation for pursuing a career in dentistry is to eliminate oral health disparities. I am very fortunate to work with doctors who have broadened my understanding of dentistry and how to become an effective provider. The dental profession continues to fascinate me. Dentistry harnesses scientific and technological innovations. The ever-changing profession requires dentists to continuously educate themselves about new techniques and procedures. Dentistry affords me the opportunity to be placed at the service of others. I know providing high-quality dentistry requires a lifetime of learning and service to others. This is a challenge I am prepared to tackle.

  Kelsey B. - Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Human anatomy fascinates me and this is why I want to be a physician. I want to know all there is to know about the human body and be able to share this knowledge with others. I want to help people regain and retain their health so that their body can function properly. The body is a complex machine. As a physician, I will be able to assist patients in making sure their parts are well-oiled and working correctly, thus giving them the chance to reach their full potential.

  Benjamin C. - Quinnipiac University

I want people to know that they can take control of their health today. Each week as I see patients, I let them know that they are our health system's strongest asset and, for most people, there are practical things they can start doing to make themselves healthier and happier people. My patients are my partners. That is why I am pursuing my medical degree, to bring people back into their own healthcare.  This is the essence of community health: bettering our communities, through empowering people to better their health.

  Gregory C. - West Texas A&M University

Healing is facilitated by the overlap between the patient’s reality and the nurse’s reality, and how each view their own existence. The patient knows what it is to be ill, while the nurse knows what it is to heal. As healthcare workers, there are some patients that inexplicably touch our heart and soul. 

  Nicole C. - University of Southern California

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are hard to find in medicine. These students, who understand best the communities who need them most, are even harder to find in leadership positions. As a result, I am pursuing medicine because my diverse experiences allow me to empathize with patients on a level that few other physicians can. I have personally experienced many of the obstacles affecting the health and wellness of disadvantaged populations. Yet, I am also privileged to have avoided many challenges that others regularly face. Thus, I wish to dedicate myself to addressing the needs of those forgotten in the shadows.

  Seung Cheol Daniel C. - South Baylo University

As I realized that I was so self-centered in the first half of my life, and I was able to do what I wanted, I knew that I owed something to others. 

  Theresa C. - Mayo Medical School

I never imagined becoming a doctor until late college. During my childhood, my family was often brushed aside by doctors—my parents for their lack of English, me for my youth. My freshman counselor, a Harvard medical student, rejected my physician potential saying I was “too outgoing and humanities oriented.” Visiting Long Island-Boston Harbor, a wet homeless shelter, I encountered a different breed of physician. The physicians on staff reverberated kindness and hope, looking past sober-or-otherwise conditions patiently. The physicians offered not just medications, but also friendship and hope. They showed me the genuine meaning of doctoring. One which I hope to emulate.

  Tyler C. - Stanford University

The positive impact made on others is how I plan to measure, on a personal level, the success I have had in my career. This is one of the primary reasons I have entered the journey to become a physician. I want my life to be judged by those I have worked with, those I have taught and those I have healed, all while continuing to learn and grow as an individual. The sacrifices necessary to become a doctor are small compared to having the chance to lead a purposeful life improving the wellbeing of patients and communities.

  Jennifer D. - Southern California College of Optometry

To lead, serve and help others in a medical way is integrated in my DNA and is a part of who I am. I chose to become a Physician Assistant because I will be able to live out my calling to be a healthcare provider. I want to provide quality, compassionate and diligent service to my patients. I also chose this career to improve the quality of lives and help reduce health disparities in our communities. Last, I want to build long lasting relationships with patients in their times of wellness and sickness.

  Farah F. - Florida International University

Medicine has been my passion since childhood. Although neither of my parents are physicians, I grew up in an environment where I would inevitably familiarize myself with medicine, particularly neuropsychiatric illnesses. During medical school, my passion for the neurosciences remained unchallenged and I was thrilled when the neuroscience clerkship director, at the start of my fourth year, asked me to run the lumbar puncture and coma simulation workshops for the third year clerkship. Her trust in my abilities, as well as the positive student feedback I received afterward, heightened my confidence in my capacity to excel in this field.

  Kimberly F. - National Institutes of Health/Oxford University Scholars Program

My decision to become a doctor was built from a desire to help people, especially the world’s poorest people, when they are afflicted by illnesses. As my education has evolved, I have realized that a career in healthcare research can touch innumerable lives through better understanding disease processes, determining new treatments and ultimately refining the practice of medicine. Rather than helping individual patients, I hope to alleviate diseases from entire populations. I will start by studying malaria, as it affects a large percentage of the world’s population and is most harmful for vulnerable groups like children and the elderly.

  Shelby F. - Georgetown Universtiy

In medicine, I can exercise my passion for helping patients overcome their illnesses. I'm intrigued by physicians' ability to harness knowledge and innovation to enhance patients' health and well-being. Physicians play an influential role in patients' lives and their families'. What excites me most is the opportunity to continually learn so I can help educate my patients on their health. Medical technology also fascinates me. This ever-changing, rewarding profession can feed my intellectual curiosity while allowing me to positively impact lives by forming fulfilling relationships and helping patients overcome some of the most trying times in their lives.

  Ari G. - Washington University in St. Louis

Through volunteering and observation, I recognized that social injustice extends deeply into healthcare, fueled by stigmas that come between people and the help they need. I’m interested in primary care and public health because, as a PCP, I would be ideally placed not only to provide day-to-day medical care and comfort, but also to advocate for my patients and break down the barriers that divide the poor, homeless and mentally ill from the rest of society.

  Ronak G. - Wright State University

It's important to look at others through a positive lens. While there are bound to be drawbacks, there are bound to be virtues also. It's up to us to choose which aspect we look at.

  Theresa H. - Indiana University Bloomington

Throughout my travels and experiences, I have seen the unfortunate consequences of not having equitable, quality health services both domestically and abroad. While many take having good health for granted, the financial, emotional, mental and physical effects illnesses have on children and families can have a profound effect on them and the greater society. I am pursuing my PhD in Health Behavior and am dedicated to decreasing the health disparities that exist and improving the lives of children and families.

  Vikas J. - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

As a former teacher, I have seen the mistrust my students had for institutional authority figures, such as teachers, policemen and even doctors. For many of my former students, access to medical resources was limited.  When they did meet with healthcare professionals, they often did not fully disclose details, such as sexual history, for fear of judgment. Having personally experienced some of the same challenges as medically marginalized populations, I feel that I am uniquely positioned to communicate effectively, convey a genuine sense of empathy and compassion, and adeptly treat this vulnerable patient cohort.

  Samuel K. - Weill Cornell Medical College

From a young age, my exposure to medicine during difficult times initiated my interest to enter the healthcare industry. Through my experiences, I have learned that I could seamlessly integrate my interests, morals and values in medicine. Physicians treat not only diseases but human beings, embracing their well-being, emotions and individuality. While pushing scientific boundaries and advancing medical treatments, I aspire to guide, teach and comfort patients and their families as a physician. Ultimately, it would be rewarding to lend my skills to society’s goal of taming the diseases that affect us all.

  Asad M. - Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

Having lived in abject poverty and marginalization from early childhood, I intimately recognize the miscarriage of justice due to inadequate access to healthcare. It is for these reasons, I, as an academic physician, am unequivocally committed to working with the world's most marginalized populations while working to raise the standard of health care in underdeveloped communities.

  Divya M. - Boston University

My clinical experiences have helped me observe the close overlap between science and human interaction, while my research experience has provided me with the opportunity to exercise my creativity and problem-solving skills in the context of a medically relevant problem. The prospect of applying my passion for science and problem solving to treat and discover the molecular workings of a disease motivates and excites me. Pursuing medicine allows me to apply myself in a field that is constantly evolving with new discoveries and questions, which I find interesting and, more important, rewarding.

  Eddah M. - University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Growing up in Kenya, I watched people die of diseases both curable and incurable. Seeing people in such circumstances really breaks my heart. I believe that a background in public health research will enable me to identify the barriers to progress in providing and accessing quality healthcare services and work to reform the public health systems. Access to quality health care is a human right, a necessity for development and a source of peace. I hope to use my public health skills to eliminate health inequities and make quality health care accessible.

  Jeffery M. - University of Wisconsin–Madison

My experiences as a patient, following a spinal cord injury, helped to solidify my lifelong desire to become a physician. The compassion and expertise of my physicians helped me heal during a tumultuous time. I want to be the type of physician who goes above and beyond the call of duty, much like my physicians did for me. Each patient is someone’s sibling, parent, grandparent or friend, and knowing this motivates me to be the very best physician that I can be. The future of healthcare is exciting, and I plan to be a positive contributor to this future.

  Jennifer M. - University of Miami

It is an honor to pursue a career in medicine, for not only will I be able to help provide life-saving care at the patient’s bedside, but I can also promote preventative medicine to provide patients with tools to live healthy lifestyles. Medicine is constantly evolving. However, it maintains the humanistic goal of providing the best care to patients. I see medicine as a stimulating career where I will continue to learn about new advances in medical treatment, while also learning from my patients on how to provide sustainable care to those that need it most.

  Kristy M.B. - University of California, San Francisco

Recognizing the large gap from graduation and cutting edge science and new technology utilization has been at the forefront of my career. The disparity between evolving technologies and science, and the lack of implementation by clinicians, represents the foundation of my interest. As a consultant for over 20 years to the oral healthcare industry my role has focused on sales/adoption through evidenced-based education. Refining implementation of these tenants represents my commitment and why I have chosen to expand my opportunities to maximize the best in future dental/healthcare!

  Alexandra N. - Brigham Young University

I have always loved interacting with people of every age and culture, and I appreciate the many differences between people. I especially love to serve people and to help improve their lives in whatever way I can. Nursing provides opportunities to interact with others, as well as opportunities to touch their lives every day. Through nursing, I will be able to achieve many of my career as well as personal goals to serve and lift others in any way that I can.

  Daniel N. - University of California, San Francisco

Between my father’s lesson in sacrifice and a religious faith that prides itself on fighting for social justice, I have come to see that all lives are of inherent and equal value. This value, my most closely held belief, naturally pointed me toward a career in helping others. I believe medicine is precisely that career path that will allow me to meaningfully impact as many people as possible.

  Jennifer O. - East Carolina University

I vividly remember experiencing my first anaphylactic shock from peanuts at a tender age. Following several hospital visits, I always sought to understand what directly afflicted me and extend this knowledge to my community through outreach. By reflecting on personal experiences, I became fascinated in conducting translational research and providing service to others. These experiences uncovered the concept of exploiting my devotion to life-long learning, humane service and problem solving. Indeed, such qualities are essential in promoting quality in healthcare. Thus, the idea of a career in medicine was a natural choice.

  Parth P. - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center–Health Sys.

Whether it be teaching aboriginal groups preventative health techniques in Australia or helping at a free clinic in Pittsburgh, I have realized that the purpose of medicine is the same everywhere: to serve those most in need, selflessly and with compassion. I am pursuing a career in medicine because I desire to live my life fully by this purpose, namely by working passionately to reduce healthcare disparities in impoverished areas. I am acutely aware of the challenges that uninsured individuals face and I aspire to have a leading hand in solving this problem, from both a clinical and policy standpoint.

  Alisha R. - University of South Florida

I appreciate the innovative, integrative and continuously evolving nature of medicine. By learning from recent discoveries in research journals, recent case studies and patient discussions, I will have the opportunity to not only evolve as a physician but as a citizen and community member as well. I would like to combine my interest in the field of science and education to serve my neighborhood in a community-based practice. A career in medicine encompasses friendship, a sincere nature, effective communication, communication outreach and the collaboration of scientific and clinical knowledge that align with not only my interests but also my future goals.

  Lindsay R. - Western University of Health Sciences

Due to my enduring commitment to improving the health of marginalized populations across the globe, the beauty in the basic sciences and the art in medicine have much more than an abstract appeal to me. Thanks to my work in public health, migration and the many people I have served—but not been able to help as much as I wanted or they needed–I have a keen appreciation for the need for culturally competent, collaborative physicians who are equipped to support diverse communities with limited access to care and a unique drive for the challenges of medical training and service.

  Marc R. - Eastern Michigan University

I am firmly committed to becoming a Physician Assistant. I can think of no other career that is more rewarding or that will make better use of my skills and background: teamwork, integrity, empathy, instruction and critical thinking. I am a very “hands-on” person, and find that I need to be part of a profession that emphasizes service. I know serving and helping others will bring out the best in me. I have the support I need from my family, as well as the perseverance required to complete the rigorous educational program to become an effective clinician.

  Vishal R. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The practice of medicine has inconceivably evolved in a lifetime from the identification of new diseases to the development of organ transplantation. However, I believe certain disorders will continue to face unmet needs despite these advances due to inadequacies in healthcare delivery. I view this problem as an opportunity to mate medical innovations with increased reach to underserved populations. With a biomedical engineering background, I have chosen a medical career to use my interdisciplinary skills to help patients with heart disease lead a life of normalcy, while reducing the overall burden of disease and health disparities in the U.S.

  Johlee S. - Xavier University of Louisiana

From a young age, I have been surrounded by the impact of healthcare decisions. Witnessing my father’s battle with diabetes was a lot for a child to digest, but it truly peaked my interest in the power of medicine. Now more than ever, the healthcare industry is one of the leading topics of discussion in our country. In every aspect from third party reimbursement to preventative medicine and orphan drugs, this field is constantly advancing. The promise of research and innovation will always energize my passion to embrace change and help to advance the practice of pharmacy.

   Kelby T. - University of Southern Nevada

The most distinctive experience I have witnessed occurred when my niece Brooke was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. As devastating as this experience is, I know there is hope for her future and her quality of life. I am grateful that I live in a time with such advanced technology in modern medicine. I want to make a difference in the healthcare of others on a daily basis. After pursuing a Pharmacy Doctorate, my goal is to become a certified diabetic educator, researcher, pharmacologist or doctor who works to develop innovate ways to improve drug therapy for patients like Brooke.

  Cameron W. - Harvard University

While serving as a U.S. Army medic for more than four years on active duty, I accumulated several thousand hours of firsthand experience providing emergency and primary care to American and Iraqi soldiers and civilians. In addition to working with diverse healthcare teams in the military, in my more recent ‘civilian life’ I have also shadowed several physicians to observe different practices in medicine and, as a bedside volunteer, have spent time with elderly persons in hospital settings. I have come to find my calling in medicine. There is no other career for me.

  Frankie W. - University of California, Los Angeles

I have chosen a career in healthcare because I want to directly provide solutions for the most fundamental part of human life: bodily functions. While it is true that healthcare is supported by other industries, it is in the delivery of care that I want to do what I can to ensure people around me can enjoy life. This is the reason I feel empowered in medicine. After all, the sacrifices I have made for medicine are more than a fair trade for the smile of every patient I will be able to see in the future.

  Martin W. - University of Florida

My motivation for becoming a clinician stems from the distinctive and powerful healing relationships established between patients and their physician. The reward in being able to support and care for someone when they are most vulnerable is tremendously fulfilling, but also begets great responsibility. I am emboldened by this trust and feel compelled to be an advocate and ensure patients’ voices are heard. Second, I am drawn to the complexity of the healthcare system, where modifications to one component have unintended effects elsewhere in the network. I am intrigued by the transdisciplinary approach needed to understand and transform it.

  Max W. - Boston University

In this country, and in many places around the world, our population is aging and Alzheimer’s disease is an impending disaster. Just in our country, there are 5.4 million people with this disease; 1,232 new cases are identified each day. My experiences as a caregiver have elucidated my lifelong path to tackle this disease on multiple fronts, encompassing compassionate care of those afflicted, empathetic support for weary caregivers, advocacy to  bring this situation to the forefront and research to find treatments and, perhaps, a cure. Becoming a doctor is an important part of fulfilling this mission.

  Jason Y. - Case Western Reserve University

During college, I considered a number of career options, ranging from engineering to economics to computer science. I had two goals in mind – satisfy my desire for lifelong learning and help others using science. Between those choices, the one commonality was what I hoped to do with my future career. With engineering, it was building medical devices; with economics, it was researching how to more efficiently deliver healthcare; and with computer science, it was developing and expanding medical record systems. In the end, I chose a little bit of each and combined them into the career of a physician.


  Eric A. - Stanford University

Over the past few years, my desire to work directly with patients and my interests in science have given me a passion for medicine. Performing translational and clinical research in the US and abroad, coupled with hands-on experience with patients, has driven me toward pursuing a career in academic medicine. In striving to better the quality of healthcare, I will consider the needs of my patients first, while applying my interest in scientific inquiry to the advancement of biomedical knowledge. I will strive to meet unmet medical needs while training future generations of physicians and scientists.

  Jocelyn A. - Johns Hopkins University

I chose to pursue a career in the healthcare industry (and particularly nursing) because it provides me with nearly limitless opportunities to learn and grow myself while contributing to the health and well-being of others. Nursing is a dynamic profession that addresses the physical, psychological and social well-being of patients across all age, gender, class and racial categories. By continuing my studies past the level of a bedside registered nurse, I can contribute to the evidence base that informs best practice and engage future generations of students in the classroom. 

  Julie A. - The University of Texas Medical Branch

One of the forefathers of modern medicine once described the practice of medicine as a calling rather than a business, “a calling which exacts... at every turn self-sacrifice, devotion, love and tenderness to your fellow-men.” The healthcare industry requires more than technical competency— it requires providers to be reliable, compassionate and selfless. These facets of medicine, in addition to my deep-rooted interests in the sciences and health, fulfill my desire to live a purposeful life of service to others. 

  Anna B. - Duke University

Even a small tumor elicits visible fear on the faces of patients and their families. Although cancer is not uniformly a death sentence anymore, it's a tough burden for anyone to bear, let alone try to finance. Current cancer therapies are certainly not infallible, but oncologists offer patients something more visceral: hope. Even when a cure is nowhere in sight, palliative techniques give patients and their families hope for peace at the end of life.  Ultimately, our relationships with others allow us to live fulfilling, meaningful lives. I aspire to become a figure of leadership, hope and comfort for my patients.

  Nathan B. - Texas A&M Health Science Center

My passion for medicine began at an early age. My mother, grandmother and aunt have been nurses for many years. I was taught the importance of compassion and service to others through their dedication to patients in the community. Growing up I have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the importance of choosing a career that you love that allows you to contribute to the lives of others. The nurses in my family have found a sense of joy and satisfaction in medicine that has inspired me. I hope to be able to emulate their love of the healthcare profession. 

  Swait B. - Wayne State University

My passion for science coupled with my desire to help others has driven me to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Being able to improve others’ lives through physical support as well as emotional support is a unique aspect of the medical field that has enticed me for years. This idea, coupled with the opportunity to work alongside a team of skilled professionals who share the same goals as I do, motivates me daily to enter the medical field. I look forward to the lifelong process of learning and growing as I work to become a physician.

  Benjamin C. - University of California- San Francisco

My ideal career should inspire me to constantly improve myself and the world I live in. For me, a career in medicine offers the perfect blend of intellectual rigor to keep me humble as I learn, and emotional intensity to sustain my passion. I view the chance to care for others as an opportunity to act with greater integrity and compassion in the service of social justice. To that end, I have chosen to become a doctor because I want my life's work to address the inequalities that divide communities and celebrate the diversity that enriches them.

  Eric C. - University of California- Los Angeles

Above all, my commitment to my best self and the common good sees tremendous alignment with my chosen path in dentistry. The creation of a patient's best self through oral and systemic health, as well as the commitment to the greater good from a community-service and teaching perspective—these are my visions and aspirations. The unbelievable strength of a relationship that can empower and heal a patient through education and advocacy reinforces my belief in an individual influencing the greater good. My continuing journey with dentistry has centered my commitment to these values as my moral compass.

  Myung Sun C. - University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

I am pursuing a career as a physician because it has many characteristics that appeal to me. First of all, human biology and medicine fascinate me more than any other subject. I also look forward to participating in, and contributing to, our rapidly evolving medical science and technology. Finally, I love that I will be able to meet people from all walks of life and help them attain health and well-being. I want to fully enjoy my career and give back as much as I can to society. That is why I have chosen this career.

  Tyler C. - Florida State University

Born and raised in rural south-central Florida, where many families, even today, must commute to receive various forms of medical care, I embarked on this journey in the hope of minimizing disparities by bringing quality, compassionate medical care to areas where it is needed—such as my hometown. In addition to my firsthand experiences, I gained statistical, researched-based perspectives on the lack of access to medical care in this country. I chose the practice of medicine because there are tangible strategies for solving new problems, and I am willing to dedicate my career to implementing them.

  Jake C-T - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elvis Presley once commented that he felt his purpose in life was to entertain, and entertain he did. I feel like my purpose is to practice medicine, and practice medicine I will. With the exception of spending time with my family, nothing makes me happier than learning about the intricacies of the human body. They say pick a job that you love doing and it will feel like you never work a day in your life. I have been blessed to find that calling in medicine, and I eagerly look forward to the day I can call myself Doctor.

  Anupriya D. - Medical College of Wisconsin

In India, with no 911, I witnessed a worker fall off a building. As he lay motionless, I checked his breathing and heart-rate and performed CPR while a jeep carried him through slow traffic to an ER. I realized my ability to take charge of a frantic, desperate situation and help someone in critical need. Thus, I found my drive for medicine because it was very gratifying for me to focus my energy and help him recover. With the local Red Cross, I took initiative and organized a CPR workshop, and took my first steps toward empowering a population with limited resources.

  Christopher G. - University of Pennsylvania

My Interest in medicine arose from a childhood illness, a love of scientific inquiry and a passion for humanity. But ultimately, I want to become a physician to help redefine healthcare itself. Health is more than the absence of disease; it encompasses the products we use, the foods we eat, and the places we live. I want my career to center around broadening the health conversation, thus uncovering new tools and opportunities for us to improve the lives of many. 

  Emily H. - Emory University

I admit that I am deeply motivated by a passion for social justice, and I understood early in my education that health is the great equalizer; everyone can get sick, and everyone can get better. I grew to match my passion for health as a human right with my appreciation for applicable skills, and found my calling in nursing. I believe that, as a primary care provider, I can impact individuals and communities, as well as the healthcare industry itself to better serve a common vision: healthy lives for all.

  Laura H. - Emory University

I am pursuing a career in healthcare in order to serve those with limited access to it. As I hear the stories of persons living in poverty, I see myself in them and feel an obligation to help improve their lives. By engaging vulnerable individuals and families as a nurse practitioner, I believe I can help them experience the freedom and energy that good health provides and enjoy a significantly higher quality of life. I want to work with others to create a world in which everyone’s health needs are met through equal access to quality prevention and treatment services.

  Steven H - University of California- San Francisco

I am excited about the intellectual ventures of making innovative discoveries that will ultimately improve clinical outcomes. As a future doctor, I smile at the rewarding opportunities to care for the health of others and to build long-term patient-physician relationships based on trust. A career in the healthcare industry will allow me to be innovative at the forefront of science and translate cutting-edge discoveries into improvements in patient care. The healthcare industry provides me an opportunity to combine the fascinating maneuvers of science with the delicate humanity of medicine — I can't imagine a more fitting career for myself.

  Travis H. - Yeshiva University

My desire to be a family physician comes from experiences both within my family and in my clinical and community explorations. Thus, I have dedicated my young life to understanding the many interactions between behavior and health in hopes of being able to provide appropriate and sustainable treatment options for my patients. That is why I am thrilled to be able to address the rising demand for primary care physicians and, in essence, give back in the form of service to other underserved families similar to my own, so that they might benefit as well from great primary healthcare.

  Eun Bin K. - Columbia University in the City of New York

I chose a career in the healthcare industry because first and foremost I wanted to be a healer. Illness is a universal human experience—a quintessential part of our humanity. Through illness and healing the threads of our lives are connected, whether rich or poor, black or white, young or old. I am a dreamer who can't stop dreaming the possibilities that could be. Because the thread of illness and healing touches the very fabric of our lives, medicine gives me an infinite canvas to do good.

  Kelsey M. - Des Moines University- Osteopathic Medical Center

On the poverty-stricken grounds of Nicaragua, all homes were tin shacks. One woman I will never forget was bedridden with a fractured leg. She lay on a box-spring bed covered with cardboard. Her grandchildren shooed pigs from her bed. We could do nothing for her with the resources we had. Nonetheless, she thanked us. Not every patient can be treated, but all patients need to know that someone cares. Medicine could not fix the Nicaraguan woman's poverty status, but supportive volunteers could show her compassion. Serving patients is the reason I want to spend a lifetime in healthcare.

  John O. - Medical University of South Carolina

It is amazing to have an impact on someone’s life. I get so much gratification each time I am able to make an impact in people’s lives through my numerous community service and work experiences. I think a career in the healthcare industry will give me countless opportunities to impact people’s lives. Finally, our imperfect healthcare system needs people who are passionate about serving humanity; these are reasons I am interested in having a career in the healthcare industry.

  Susannah O. - Boston University

I never had an epiphany in my life where I suddenly realized that I wanted to become a physician. No one in my family has a career in the sciences, and I certainly was not coerced into a medical career. But I was always drawn towards medicine and explored this interest over the years to make sure it was right for me. I have chosen medicine because of the culmination of all of my experiences working at jobs from laboratory technician to EMT to public health intern, and found that I could not picture myself doing anything else.

  Cheryl P. - Marquette University

In my nurse faculty role I look forward to sharing my experience from 22 years of pediatric clinical practice, as well as the knowledge I have gained from extensive preparation in pediatric palliative care in my doctoral program. Acting as one nurse, I can only touch so many lives, but by completing interdisciplinary research and sharing the knowledge that I have gained with other nurses around the country and the world, I can do so much more! It will be a distinct privilege to help shape the minds and hearts of tomorrow's nurses.

  Ligia P. - University of California- San Francisco

With our hardhats and tools, we tackled homes touched by Katrina. From cleaning mold-infested homes to painting them, this eye-opening experience allowed me to witness the vast need for basic essentials, and it shaped my resolve to make a difference by serving others. I learned of the importance of what I can give to my community by changing someone’s day for the better. That experience is forever etched in my memory because I felt the appreciation of the lives I helped change for the better. I believe days like those are the reason I have chosen this path. 

  Sarah P. - University of Maine at Fort Kent

One reason why I am interested in the healthcare industry is because there are many jobs. Being a nurse means the doors are open for any field of interest. I love the fact that nursing can bring you anywhere. I have met so many wonderful nurses working in an incredibly wide range of roles—an army nurse, a jail nurse, a school nurse, just to name a few. Nursing has so many opportunities for anyone who is interested in helping others. It is comforting to know that I could work in one field of nursing and then switch to another.

  Cynthia R. - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center- Health Sys

In all honesty, I decided to pursue a career in the healthcare industry because my prior career was not rewarding enough or exciting enough. Every day was the same, and I never felt like I was actually making a difference in the world. I needed something more. Having been raised without health insurance and having to rely on free health clinics for my care made me keenly aware of the obstacles faced by the uninsured. These experiences made me take the plunge, and one day I hope to help those who are uninsured on a more global scale.

  Damaris R. - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Healthcare is where I make the most difference. Due to my mother’s illness I have been around medicine since an early age, but my life experiences and jobs within healthcare have proven to me that this is where I can change lives. To date I have helped hundreds of patients in different ways. In Guatemala as a PA student I helped treat, educate and diagnose patients, and I smile at the end of each day because I am entering a career where I can use my skill set and experiences to make a difference in so many lives.

  Franklyn R-C. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

My main reason for choosing medicine is to serve society by using my skills in a way that I find exciting, challenging and pleasurable. Also, the healthcare profession is one of the most versatile professions in the world! Clinician, teacher, researcher, administrator, policy maker...the possibilities are endless. It calls for innovation and entrepreneurship, even with the challenges of the new healthcare law. I plan to fit in multiple roles as a physician leader. Starting a hospital with a highly qualified team would allow me to transcend these roles.

  Leidy R-H - Skagit Valley College

Nursing is not simply any professional career. Nursing is caring for a patient as a whole—not only physiologically, but also psychologically and psychosocially. As a future nurse, I will have the privilege of touching the life of others, which is an immeasurable treasure. A relationship grows between the nurse and the patient, which helps to provide care. I enjoy working with others, getting to know people and, most importantly, helping people. There would be no greater satisfaction than helping people through my knowledge of nursing. Nurses are compassionate advocates for their patients.

  Mihir S. - Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine

My main reason for going to medical school is because I want to make a direct impact in the lives of vulnerable people. I want to show this subset of the population that although they may have everything in the world going against them there is still hope. As the US medical system undergoes rapid changes, I see many opportunities to contribute ideas now and make changes that will benefit my future patients. As the field continues to evolve, I can see the results improving for patients, and our direct impact on improving the lives of millions of people.

  Priscilla S. - Stanford University

Witnessing severe healthcare disparities during my childhood in Indonesia, and then working with others in the community to improve the condition of those less fortunate, has played a definitive role in my decision to enter the medical profession. I am excited about entering a profession that allows me to incorporate values that I already hold to be important. I can learn, research, teach, and above all, interact in a most human way with those in need. I can imagine no greater achievement than dedicating my life to alleviating the suffering that accompanies human disease by becoming a physician.

  Rose S. - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Since I was little, I have been curious and eager to learn, and I enjoy finding new and better ways to solve problems. I have always enjoyed science because it is interconnected with many parts of daily life and plays an important role in various fields and applications. I feel obligated to study and receive a meaningful education in order to contribute to society through a medical career, to find cures for the many people afflicted by illnesses. Because of my interest in science and medicine, and my innate desire to help others, I am pursuing a pharmaceutical research career.

  Young S. - University of Connecticut

The most important experiences of my career have been possible due to the many mentors I was fortunate enough to meet at various points in my life. Whether they knew it or not, I learned valuable lessons from them, and my ultimate goal throughout my career in healthcare is to provide to others even half of what they provided me. The sense of comfort, kindness and wisdom that others have given me is something that is truly invaluable, and I hope that one day I too can make such a positive difference in the lives of others. 

  Jennifer T. - Virginia Commonwealth University

I am pursuing a career in healthcare because it is an innovative field that piques my curiosity and allows me to be uniquely and intimately involved with patients’ lives. Being a physician enables me to build a sense of trust with individuals. I am able to forge close connections with people in ways that cannot be replicated in other industries, as I take patient histories, learn of their health problems and understand the sociocultural background of their lives. With healthcare reform, I look forward to a role in shaping how physicians can affect change in patients’ well-being.

  Ynhi T. - University of Alabama at Birmingham

My family and I would not have been able to attain our American Dream if it were not for the selfless individuals who helped us, especially during the time of my grandmother's illness. I remain indebted to these individuals, and I believe that each person deserves a chance similar to the one that I was privileged to receive as a New American. However, poor health often prevents people from attaining their fullest potential. To this end, I am passionate about using my diverse abilities to eliminate the most pressing healthcare disparities in order to create opportunities for individuals to excel.

  Kristen U. - Northwestern University

When thinking about how I can make the largest positive impact on others, I think about what things truly make a person happy and matter most in life. Aside from family and friends, health is the sole thing that makes the biggest difference in a person’s life. Someone who is healthy can go places, do whatever he or she wishes, and enjoy the opportunities of life. Unfortunately, not everyone can be healthy, but the single most important reason why I will be a physician is to bring an improved quality of life to people by helping them be healthier.

  Anna W. - University of Washington

My reasons for pursuing a career in healthcare are threefold. First, it seems there is always a need for compassionate physicians, so I wanted to fill that void in my community. Second, patients often share their most intimate fears and hopes with their healthcare providers, and I find it such an honor to be able to guide and support them through what may be the most impactful events of their lives. Finally, I believe health is a basic human right, so pursuing a career as a physician is the most essential way I can help people reach their full potential.

  Heng W. - Yeshiva University

During college, I volunteered for two years at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. At Mount Sinai, I saw tremendous physical and psychological anguish in the urogynecology patients. But I also saw many patients restored to a normal quality of life by the doctors’ compassion and expertise. At Toronto Rehab, I organized weekly bingo games in the Neuro and Geriatric Programs. I gained satisfaction from assisting patients affected by brain injuries and chronic illnesses. I have chosen to pursue a career in medicine, as I am convinced that it embodies the compassion and impact I aspire to.

  Kelly W. - East Carolina University

Dentistry is my chosen profession because it allows me to thrive intellectually, develop all the attributes that have shaped me and serve my community in ways that it so desperately needs. After joining the dental society, I knew I had found my true calling when I first worked at one of the free clinics given by North Carolina’s Missions of Mercy (MOM). The magnitude of the service that I witnessed there showed me the great impact that dentistry can have on the lives of those in my community.

  Hisham Y. - Harvard University

Whether it was working in Sudan with the Red Crescent or mentoring refugees in Boston, spending significant time in community-focused volunteer work made me acutely aware of the harrowing effects of health inequity and the vital importance of crafting solutions to the health problems that plague those of lower socioeconomic status in both the developed and developing world. My motivation for seeking a career in medicine is informed by these lessons. It is grounded in a singular attentiveness to the voices of those who bear the brunt of contemporary health challenges.

  Patrick Z. - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

I grew up in a very poor family without health insurance. I also have a neurologic medical problem. To be in a situation where you need to choose between rent or medical bills is a reality to many Americans. Having faced many of the same issues other financially limited people do in the healthcare system, I wanted to be able to change the current system to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for those in need. A career as a physician will allow me to use my pharmaceutical expertise in a unique, beneficial way for my patients, and will also be personally gratifying.