Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (Pomona, CA). Entering class of 2021.
What attracted you to your chosen profession?: The tenets of osteopathic medicine resonated with me initially and the more I learned about the DO philosophy, I just knew it was where I wanted to be.
What was the most meaningful experience you engaged in that affirmed your commitment to your professional health field?: During my gap year, I worked as a medical assistant and lab technician at a dermatology clinic. I was able to gain experience in direct patient care as well as collaborating with a team of health care professionals, ranging from physicians, PAs, RNs, and other staff. This job really solidified my desire to continue to work in the medical field and become a physician.
How did you prepare for the application process?: I kept a Google document of specific experiences I had through different shadowing opportunities, volunteering, and working. From those experiences, I was able to pick out ones that I could use for my personal statement, specific essays, and even interviews. Taking time to understand what I learned from those experiences really helped as well.
In what ways did Health Professions Advising at Puget Sound support you throughout your application process?: Health Professions Advising supported me through every step of the way. I was able to get advice on my personal statement and learned a lot about my interview skills through both of my mock interviews. They also provided me with resources on how I could improve certain aspects of my application and interview. I don't think I would've been able to unlock that potential without them.
What advice would you give to future pre-health students?: Take the time that you need. I know my family was pretty hesitant about me taking time off before starting medical school, but I think it was the best decision I could've made. I was able to gain experience through a full time job and then fully focus on my application when the time came. I was also able to work on my physical and mental health during this time, which will definitely help me in medical school and in the future in general.
Favorite memory of Puget Sound?: Way too many! I would say RDG since it's the first memory that comes to mind. It was an amazing time to show our peers all the dance routines we had been working on throughout the semester. I discovered my love for dancing at Puget Sound through RDG, and dancing is a hobby I still continue and plan to use as self-care for medical school.