The Medical / Dental Education Preparatory Program

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Over fifteen years ago my father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, discovered after he suffered a stroke. Unfortunately, the diabetes also caused irreversible vision loss. Prior to this diagnosis, I could not recall the last time he had seen a healthcare provider; had he sought care through routine visits, the stroke, as well as the blindness, led on by untreated diabetes, may have been prevented. Throughout my work and volunteer experiences, I have observed many unfortunate cases similar to my father’s, which is a commonplace in underserved areas. These preventable cases drive my interest to pursue the healthcare field.
As a first generation, college bound member in my family, being a physician was what I assumed as being the ultimate career attainable to reach success in healthcare. Therefore, my mindset was to get into medical school. Ironically, the Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP), a post-baccalaureate program, known for assisting economically and educationally disadvantage students get into medical or dental school, made me realize becoming a physician was not the best fit career with what I desired for a profession in healthcare. Although MEDPREP gave me the opportunity to prove I can be successful in a professional school, the program also made me recognize there are other successful careers in healthcare, which would be in par with the goals I set to accomplish. As a result of my past experiences along with my nurturing

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