Mother Teresa once said, “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted… and let us not be ashamed or too slow to do the humble work.” Just like Mother Teresa, I am passionate about supporting those in need, and I aspire to become a physician in an under-served community. In the United States, socioeconomic status (SES) plays a major role in the health care received by many individuals. Many minorities especially African Americans and Latinos in the US often have a lower SES and higher rates of mortality and morbidity compared to non-Hispanic whites and Asians. One way to reduce these health disparities is to increase the diversity and distribution of physicians in the country. With my compassion for people and curiosity for understanding the underlying causes of diseases, medicine is a career in which I want to invest my time, money, and heart.
Although achieving this life isn’t easy for anyone, it is evident that the road before me may be even more difficult as an African American male. I am challenged by limited financial resources, a lack of role models and mentors who look like me, and a lack of knowledge in my community about how to achieve this goal. In spite of this, I have already completed a competitive summer enrichment program for underrepresented pre-med students. I plan to volunteer alongside medical professionals and do service projects to improve the health of under-served individuals in the United States and internationally.