B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and minors in Healthcare Studies and Dance from the University of Richmond
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I joined the National Health Corps because throughout my undergraduate education, internship, and service experiences I learned just how critical the social determinants of health are to health disparities. I was looking for a gap year before medical school that would give me the opportunity to serve patients and communities that have been underserved by healthcare institutions and to gain experience and skills to continue helping these populations in my future career.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am hoping to deepen my understanding and gain perspectives of individuals and underserved communities so that I can be a better advocate for individual patients and public health needs. I’m also hoping to gain practical skills that I can apply towards my future career and gain a better understanding of what role I can play in helping underserved populations.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
During my year of service I will be applying to medical school and am looking for programs that provide dual degrees in medical anthropology, public health, and/or global health. I am also considering deferring for another year and applying for a fellowship to continue previous research I had done on tuberculosis healthcare worker screening programs in high burden, low resource countries.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In five years I hope to be in medical school and working towards a degree in medicine and medical anthropology/public health/global health to continue my education in serving underserved patients.