Throughout my adult life, I’ve had a deep seeded dedication for mentoring, the solving of Healthcare Disparities, and improving underserved communities similar to my own. Having spent my life on the South Side of Chicago, I was involved in youth initiatives such as the founding of Brothas N’ Charge, where amongst other activities, high achieving African American males took the responsibility of helping their male peers overcome standardized tests and academic challenges, that previously gave them difficulties. I was probably most consumed with winning championships on the football field, but one chastised experience was when I participated in the Health Professional’s Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP). As a medical student I tried to continue as a mentor and leader within HPREP.
In 2011, I graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Biology, focusing on Developmental Anatomy, with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. As an Undergraduate, I worked to improve education for not only under represented minority students, but also for anyone struggling most with sciences.. As a rising senior, I participated in the Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research(PSOMER), where I was able to gain valuable insight into developing skills in basic science research, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of Healthcare Disparities.
As a medical student I would serve as an Resident Assistant and mentor to students now in the very same PSOMER program I once participated in. I swerved as the chapter President for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) where we focused on attempting to unite this chapter with those across the city of Chicago. My passion has consistently been to return the guidance I have received over my life, to others, with the hope that my peers and I will be able to make a difference to those most in need.
As an Emergency Medicine physician, I hope to accomplish three things in particular. The first is to become adequately trained in Emergency Medicine, with the skills to treat urgent and emergent medical complaints. The second goal is to advocate for systemic changes that would improve health literacy and access to sustainable healthcare, thereby addressing persistent healthcare disparities that often lead patients to seek treatment for non-life threatening illnesses in Emergency Departments. Lastly I hope to create youth sports programs that would not only provide access to acute care for injuries, but would also help instill greater resilience and preparation for success, as sports once did for me.