Growing up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of Brooklyn, I realized the American dream was far from where I stood due to financial and social barriers. My parents emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States in search for prosperity but were faced with many uphill battles. Despite my hardships, I am able to be optimistic and driven to accomplish my goals.
Currently, I am attending Lehman College and working towards a Biology degree in pursuit of becoming a physician. I recently was part of a prestigious medical internship, Tropical Pathology and Infectious Disease Association, in Iquitos, Peru. There, I was educated on the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases by attending lectures and clinical rotation in their local hospital. I was able to observe various surgical and clinical procedures. My inquisitiveness on how the human body works quickly flourished into my passion. This experience helped me strengthen my relationship building skills. It put my translation, critical thinking, and reading skills to the test. I found myself building connections with doctors and analyzing patient diagnoses to the best of my abilities. It has clarified my understanding that becoming a physician is much more than just “helping” people but having compassion and empathy for what you do. Moreover, it has inspired me to positively impact the healthcare sector in my native country and improve the quality of life for those who are at risk of being looked past because of their economic and or social status.
My journey around the world taught me, first-hand, the strong impact the lack of healthcare can take on an individual thereby blessing me with a passion in the healthcare field. More importantly, my goal to enter the medical profession will help me become an exemplary leader in my family.