Has your experience with the Pittsburgh Health Corps (PHC) thus far helped you with your future aspirations?
Yes, being a member of PHC has helped me realize how much I want to become a physician someday. I see the passion my mentors have for reducing disparities and for fixing systemic problems in healthcare. Through my experience with the PHC thus far, I am realizing that the issues I am passionate about can be feasibly solved, and as a physician I can act as an ally to create change.
What is your fondest/best memory of PHC so far and why?
I really connected with my fellow PHC members at our Habitat for Humanity service day- building that house was fun, yet hard work. We worked together as a team and it was so great to know we were helping a family re-build their lives in Pittsburgh.
Is there a new project you have partaken in recently at your site?
Yes! At the UPMC Adolescent Medicine, CHANGE (Children's Hospital Advisory Network for Guidance and Empowerment)--a program comprised of a youth-driven advisory board who helps other youth, parents, and practitioners talk about the best practices for medical transition to adult care from pediatrics--has started their new project that takes video testimonials and relates each person's narrative to a topic of medical transition from child to adult care. I've helped film, edit, and be a part of the videos!