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Personal Reflection

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Dr. Paul Farmer once said, “That’s when I feel most alive, when I’m helping people.” And that could not be truer for myself. I am fascinated and committed to improving the health of medically underserved regions spanning from my home within Appalachia and far beyond to international borders. Today as I write this, I triaged over 100 patients alongside nurses and medical students in the Dominican Republic; further learning what it truly means to become adaptable and use inter-disciplinary strength. Each member of our team in the Dominican Republic brought with us unique backgrounds, all of which combined to positively impact the lives of our patients in need. As an experienced EMT and emergency room medical scribe, I offered my knowledge of…show more content…
From large parts of America, to many developing countries, all some can do is the best they can with what they have. I know that I can continue to improve upon the ways to provide compassion and care to these people in need to improve their day, their life, and their community. These are my future patients, these are the lives I hope to change, and ultimately they are my inspiration to pursue a career in which I can continually improve human life. Because through experiential learning and caring for the medically underserved is when, I too, feel alive.

7. Please share unique, personally important, and/or challenging facts in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine.

Growing up as a gay man in rural Virginia forced me into a unique upbringing that taught me lifelong lessons on acceptance, diversity, and the willingness to see from others’ perspectives especially when they do not align with my own. Being part of an ostracized group in a socially conservative region, I felt pressured to conform to the norms of the society in which I lived. Even though being gay is a part of who I am, I feel that the perspective I gain every day from
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