Patricia Kim

"Through this year of service, I hope to expand my understanding of public health issues in our country."

Hometown:
Orlando, FL
 
Educational background: B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame
 
Host Site: Hubbard House
 
What is your title and role at your host site?​
I will be serving as a health educator at the Hubbard House, a domestic violence center. My role will be to promote healthy relationships and reduce risk-taking behaviors in children and teenagers through education, by administering primary prevention curriculums at schools and the residential children’s shelter. I will also be responsible for leading weekly support groups with teenage victims of domestic violence, providing one-on-one education with younger children, and community outreach.
 
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
I am taking a gap year as I apply for medical school. When considering what to do during this year, I reflected on my motivations for pursuing a career in medicine: the desire to serve and connect with others. I decided to join the National Health Corps so I could contribute my time towards something meaningful, help people with limited access to healthcare or health education, and connect with people different from me.
 
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
Through this year of service, I hope to expand my understanding of public health issues in our country. As a person pursuing a career as a physician, I believe it is important for me to understand these issues so I can work to address them in the future. I also hope to develop skills that will help me both personally and professionally. For example, I would like to improve my teaching skills, my ability to connect with and understand others, and my resiliency.
 
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After serving with AmeriCorps, I plan to attend medical school.
 
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I envision myself finishing medical school, and preparing for a residency program.
Home Town:
Orlando, FL
Host Site: