Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
The Jesuit mission of service was a continuous educational theme throughout my undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University. In every course, the idea of serving others connected every lesson together, and I recognized that my desire to eventually practice medicine is rooted in advocacy and empathy for vulnerable populations. My inspiring experiences at SLU urged me to continue putting my Jesuit education into practice. As a result, I was intrigued with AmeriCorps' dual intent in providing both real-life education and a meaningful work experience before attending medical school.
Throughout my clinical experiences, I began to appreciate how people of diverse cultures and belief systems may perceive health, illness, and disease differently, and their reflective response to treatments. From a public health perspective, I now understand that quality patient care extends beyond treating illness, but equipping communities with the resources and education to sustain their health. Therefore, I believe that the National Health Corps provides me an opportunity to improve population health and promote sustainable development in vulnerable communities.