After my sophomore year of college, I had the opportunity to do Public Health research in Brownsville, TX. During my stay in the Rio Grande Valley, I spent most of my time with the community there and got to do research on patients that frequently visited the emergency rooms in the hospitals in this region. I also got to volunteer with community health workers in the area and got to be part of home visits, nutrition courses, and even Zumba lessons! This was the first time I got to witness the lack of health care that some populations, particularly under represented minorities, suffer from. This experience, along with some great mentors and friends that I made along the way, inspired me to pursue a career in medicine.
My main role model in life is my mother. She has overcome a lot of adversity and has worked extremely hard to make sure my siblings and I could get to follow our dreams. If it wasn’t for her, I would not be the man I am today. The first physician I had the opportunity to shadow, Dr. Haq, has also been a great mentor to me. He welcomed me with open arms into his clinic and taught me what being a doctor was about. He introduced me to other physicians and to a free clinic that I was able to volunteer at during my time in San Antonio. Finally, Dr. Mancias has served as a great role model for me here at McGovern Medical School. He has inspired me to believe in myself and constantly reminds me of my potential and I hope to one day be able to be in a position similar to his.
My favorite thing about UTHealth is the people here. I have made great friends with both the students and faculty at this institution. Everyone is very welcoming, friendly, and collaborative and I know they are always looking out for me. I especially like talking to the people at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. They are always there for me when I need someone to talk to or are in need of a treat. I know I’ve only been here for less than a year but I definitely feel like I’m part of this big UTHealth family!