Applying to medical school as a first-generation immigrant was daunting but I had a successful application cycle after applying to 28 schools and interviewing at 11, I chose to come to UC Riverside because of their diversity and commitment to contribute to underserved populations. I tell all my mentees to reach for the stars because they shouldn’t preemptively limit their potential.
While at UC Irvine I explored a career as a PhD researcher but ultimately pursued an MD. While at UCI I served as a Hoag Clinical Care Extender and MARC undergraduate researcher in Dr. Ivan Soltesz neuroanatomy lab (currently at Stanford School of Medicine) and Dr. Mota-Bravo’s microbiology lab. I also spent two summers as a MHIRT scholar to pursue research at King’s College London in Dr. Giovanna Lalli’s neuroanatomy lab. Upon graduation I took a year off to take care of my grandmother and work as a Study Coordinator at the UCLA Doheny Eye Institute. During this time I also volunteered as a tutor for homeless Angelino youth and UC Irvine Flying Sams, and served as a Clinical Care Extender at Hoag Hospital.
While at UC Riverside School of Medicine, I have been heavily involved with research, ultrasound instruction, tutoring, BPSHI free clinic, LMSA, and local government efforts to eliminate healthcare inequities among Inland Empire residents. I am especially interested in eliminating language barriers, which result in health inequities. I also spent a research year investigating osteogenic mediators and psychosocial outcomes in our patient population in a plastic and reconstructive surgery lab at UCLA between my MS3 and MS4 years.
I have a passion for helping out students who are in the very shoes which I used to be in. Even if you do not want to commit to me as your mentor, feel free to email me with any questions you may have about the med school application process or life in general :).
Hobbies: USAPL powerlifting, violin, home renovation (anything with construction tools).