How long have you been a member of ACOP?
I am choosing to go into the field of pediatrics, specifically pediatric oncology because of a patient I met through THON in college. As a volunteer in the pediatric oncology floor, I was able to spend a lot of time with her and her family along with her doctors. Her energy and determination to beat cancer has always motivated me to want to want to spend my career working with other children like her.
Segal Education Award for a year of service through City Year (2019)
I joined ACOP because I was interested in meeting like minded individuals with the same passion as me. As a future osteopathic pediatrician, meeting practicing pediatricians and hearing their journey and interests is not only motivational but also very helpful to my future career. I was eager to join an organization that can show me new innovative research in pediatric today and give me a platform to further explore this field.
I was born and raised in Sugar Land, TX, and got my bachelors degree in Psychology from The University of Texas in Austin. At UT I was a member of AED and most importantly was the Director of the St.Baldricks Brave The Shave chapter of UT. I was honored to spend my senior year raising over $40,000 for pediatric cancer research and to host an even where over 100 people shaved their hair off in solidarity for children with cancer. Working with the St.Baldricks foundation is what solidified my interests of becoming a pediatrician.
After college, I moved to New York City to work for the non profit City Year as a 5th grade teacher in East Harlem. I primarily taught english, but also worked on creating action plans for socioemotional learning for each of my students. I was also lucky enough to be a cheerleading coach to a group of inspirational girls. Working in this capacity only motivated me more to want to work with children as a pediatrician.
Currently, I attend William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine as a first year medical student. I am blessed to be given the opportunity to attend such a phenomenal school, with extraordinary faculty. I am excited to continue forward in my medical career and become a pediatric oncologist.