Vanderbilt Medical School
I will be attending Vanderbilt Medical School starting in the summer of 2014. Of all the places I applied, I felt the most welcome at Vanderbilt. In addition to their hospitality, they offered me a merit scholarship large enough that I can come out of medical school with no debt. This allows me more freedom of choice in regards to career options.
In terms of my future practice, I'm leaving my options open to almost anything at the moment. While I'm flexible, there is a good chance I'll enter a primary care field, such as internal medicine or family practice. This is because I'm attracted towards the amount of patient interaction such physicians receive relative to specialists. In addition, America already has a great shortage of primary care physicians. Also, as the population ages and as more people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, this will be more so the case. However, I would not want to choose my field solely for the purpose of fulfilling a public need. I hope to make sure that which ever path I choose is also best for me.
I would like to establish at least one scholarship fund. I am where I am not due to my own individual efforts alone. Rather, I am at my position in life largely because of the direct guidance from family, friends, and mentors and from the indirect assistance of society as a whole. As such, it only makes sense to remember the community. The academic scholarships I've received for both undergrad and medical school have inspired me to give back even more. Particularly, I would like to support the education of future generations through scholarship funds for undergrads at the University of Washington and/or medical students at Vanderbilt Medical School.