“MEZCOPH has been the path for me to better integrate myself into my hometown of Maricopa county and truly be an agent of change in this public health arena.”
Phoenix, ArizonaPrior Degree(s):
BS in Life Sciences from ASU West campus and graduate from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU with a senior thesis on Novel Gene Discoveries in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)Before entering the program:
I took a gap year after ASU to scribe in the emergency departments of John C. Lincoln North Mountain, Deer Valley, and Sonoran Health and Emergency Center.Why did you choose public health?
As a Phoenix native, I had a passion to better understand the population that comprises my hometown and choosing a degree in public health, in combination with my MD, was an avenue to achieving this end. As a future physician in the emergency department, I wanted to be a double-edged sword for my patients, understanding their illness complexities and how to treat them, but also to understand the root cause of their medical history and how to adequately address these as well. I realized that the only way to truly affect change in the medical sphere is to understand their social determinants and advocate for change.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I chose MEZCOPH for their reputation and for the dual-degree MD/MPH program that they offered. This gave me the opportunity to study the Maricopa population in depth and understand the inherent struggles that pose barriers to care for our county's individuals.Public health interests:
Refugee care, vaccination rates, communicable disease, naloxone administration, pre-hospital/EMS care, natural disaster responseInternship:
Opioid Use and Naloxone Training for Residents and Attendings in the Emergency DepartmentInterests/hobbies outside of school:
Hiking, running, spending quality time with family, yoga and meditation, drinking coffee, and keeping in touch with friends (probably while drinking coffee)Tip for future students:
Find what makes you happy! Wellness has been emphasized throughout this educational journey, but you have to find what makes you well and I believe family and friends are a big part of that.