When you were deciding where you would attend medical school, what was special about the Keck School of Medicine of USC that made you choose to come here? What are some enjoyable moments and/or important accomplishments that you have experienced while at KSOM of USC?
Hometown: Los Lunas, New Mexico
Undergrad: New Mexico Tech
Interests: Oncology, OB/GYN, Underserved Communities, Increasing Representation of Minorities in Medicine
Medical School Year: Second Year (Soon to be Third Year)
Being situated at the heart of East Los Angeles, Keck rises to the commitment of caring for the underrepresented populations in L.A. Keck takes a holistic approach to this commitment of care that extends beyond the clinic to various aspect of medicine, such as diversifying medicine and addressing community needs. My favorite part of being a Trojan has been having my own values align with Keck’s effort to care for underrepresented populations. I have enjoyed being a part of the Anti-Racism Task Force, where administration and students combat racism that exists within curriculum, admissions, community engagement and more. I will never forget the fulfillment of working with my close queer peers and members of MedLamda to start the first Out List which has helped bring visibility to students and faculty who identify as LGBTQ+. I will always remember with high regard the various mentorship events for local elementary school children to college premeds in which I have been able to participate through LMSA (Latino Medical Student Association). If you are like me and hope to be an agent of change in medicine, then Keck is a place where you will thrive. It is without a doubt that at Keck you can find friends, faculty, and deans who are willing to support your dream of a more equitable future.
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Interests: Urology, OB/GYN, reproductive justice, destigmatizing sexual health, Hospital quality improvement, MD/MBA
Medical School Year: First year
On interview day, I was pleasantly surprised that our first interaction with the school was a conversation with the Dean of Admissions. I felt that this exemplifies the values that Keck places on its students. We are not just students, we are treated as equals and are led by physician leaders who are ecstatic for our growth and development. My first block at Keck I was so surprised at the warmth of the faculty. With educators constantly reminding us that we deserve to be here and they are there for us every step of the way. It feels like a place where everybody around me is truly rooting for me: from my classmates to my educators, each and every day I meet people who genuinely care to help me reach my full potential. Medical School is of course difficult and the course load has definitely taken some adjusting but the emphasis Keck places on students’ mental health is phenomenal. There are no barriers if we want to interact with Deans, Professors, etc. At Keck School of Medicine I have never once felt belittled or that I was any lesser just because I was at a different part of my path in medicine. If anything, I am constantly reminded that I am valued and a large part of the Keck community.
So to answer the people that asked me if I was ready to give up aspects of my life or miss out on my 20s, I feel that my life has only been enhanced in every way at KSOM. Of course, sacrifice will naturally be a part of medicine because of its time-consuming nature, but if there is any place that will help you keep all the aspects about yourself that you value, it is Keck. I haven’t ever felt like I was “giving-up” any aspect of my life. I am in a happy relationship and find time to cook, hike, and do fun things. I love Keck so much and I know Keck loves me too!
Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergrad: The George Washington University
Interests: Underserved communities, minority health, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Internal Medicine
Medical School Year: Fourth-year medical student