Howard School of Medicine I plan to practice medicine in an underserved or disadvantaged area. Please describe. I have considered myself ‘disadvantaged’ at several points in my life, when I had to stop from my studies and work full-time because of the financial constraints experienced by my family. My volunteer experiences with volunteer groups such as the Making Changes Freedom School, Tutor Experts, and the American Red Cross Blood Mobile has given me thorough exposure to the plight of the underprivileged. This empathy for marginalized communities, and my own roots as a minority has caused me to have firm resolve to serve disadvantaged areas, using my expertise for this sector will benefit from healthcare access the most.
2.) I have worked (volunteer or paid in a medically underserved, economically and / or educationally disadvantaged area If yes, please explain briefly in 3 sentences or less.
I have worked as a tutor-mentor at the Making Changes Freedom School, which is a completely volunteer-run, grassroots movement of community members who sincerely want to make an authentic, positive difference in lives of elementary and high school students. This opportunity has allowed me to interact with a diverse, multi-cultural group, and be passionately involved in helping these youths bravely confront the challenges of their day, including drugs, peer pressure, violence and alcohol. I take profound pride in seeing that I have imparted to them the importance of academic excellence and of making value-driven decisions; I myself have developed greater self-mastery, accountability for my actions, and a stronger sense of altruism.
3.) I have lived (for three years or more) in communities, which are medically underserved, or where the majority of the population is economically and / or educationally disadvantaged. If yes, please explain briefly (in 3 sentences or less).
Much of my youth was spent in Lemon Grove, CA and where I presently reside – Richmond, CA. These areas are among the most
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