Medical Title/Credentials: Osteopathic Medical Student, Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow - OMM/NMM
School/Program: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest
Favorite Hobby: Sports and photography
Why did you choose this profession? I gained a lot of inspiration from a TED talk given by Dr. Abraham Verghese about the importance of human touch and the human ability to observe. He told the story of Joseph Bell discerning a vast amount of information about a patient based off of pure observation and logic, therefore inspiring the creation of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As an aspiring osteopathic physician, Dr. Verghese’s talk reminds me of the significance of the human ability to touch and observe.
Biggest Inspiration: My parents. They’ve done more than I can describe in words. Their sacrifices have given me the opportunities that I have today.
Current Passion Project: Started and maintaining an annual college scholarship fund for local high schoolers!
Fun Fact: In my free time, I’m a photographer and a personal trainer! Time is obviously limited in school, but fitness and photography are certainly two passions I try to maintain.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Take your time. Go explore what you like, but also be honest to yourself about what you don’t like. I’ve seen so many pre-medical students try to rush into medical school thinking gap years are a waste of time. I personally loved my gap year in the sense that I got to explore hobbies that I was passionate about, but knew I would never get the opportunity to do again. I honestly would not have been upset if I had to take more.
Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?
“It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” - Kobe Bryant