Six-Year Bachelor of Arts/Doctor of Medicine SchoolSchool of Medicine Hometown: Concordia, Missouri
Where is UMKC taking you?
In a few years, I’m going to be stamping M.D. behind my name. That’s pretty awesome. My experiences with professors, docent doctors and diverse patients have helped me expand my worldview, and that’s something I almost value more than my education because it’s taught me how to be a better doctor. I can better serve patients from all types of backgrounds.
Why did you choose UMKC?
UMKC is pretty close to home. But mostly, I chose UMKC because of the six-year program many other places don’t have. I knew that patient care was experience we got from day one, and that was really important to me. Plus I love Kansas City — I’m a Royals fan!
What got you interested in becoming doctor?
My family and I have been plugged in to the health-care system since I was a kid so I’ve got plenty of firsthand experience navigating through it. Both my parents had cancer. Meeting doctors and seeing the impact they can make in your life, especially the impact a good doctor can make, really influenced me.
…if you can get over your fear of failing, you can do it and succeed.
What about UMKC are you most grateful for?
The people I met here kind of became my home away from home. It’s helped to have friends in the program who are going through the same struggles as me. We’ve been able to get through the tough times together. I guess in a way, being here in Kansas City helped me grow up a little bit.
What do you feel like you contribute to UMKC?
I’ve learned that we all have different stories at UMKC. I’m one of the few in our program from a rural town. Where I grew up in Concordia, Missouri, I attended an international boarding high school, where 50 percent of students are from another country. I like that I defy what you would normally think of when you think of a person coming from a small town.
What do you want your legacy to be after graduation day?
A quote that’s always stuck out to me is “treat everyone kinder than necessary because you don’t know what they’re going through.” I would want people I work with to see that in me and know that I do care, that I’m passionate about quality patient care. UMKC has helped me find that quality in myself.
What are you lifelong goals?
My main goal right now is graduate school is to get into a residency. I’m interested in orthopedics, and that’s pretty male-dominated, so it’s a big goal for me to get into the field.
What motto do you live by?
It’s my confirmation verse, Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I have a tendency to want to plan everything, so for me centering on that and surrendering the need to control is how I push forward.
What excites you?
I like gait assessment — I’m kind of nerd about it — because of all my time in physical therapy, I’m really conscious of people walking. I also really like baseball, and I get really excited about cleaning, especially re-organizing my closet during spring cleaning. I love music. I haven’t really met a genre I don’t like. My playlists are the weirdest combinations of songs.
Do you belong to any organizations on campus?
I’m part of the Global Medical Brigades, a student ambassador for the School of Medicine, and I’m on the board for Kansas City Dance Marathon, where we are fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network — all funds go to local hospitals. I’m also involved in Roos on Call – Fit for Life and the Sports Medicine Interest Group.
What advice would you give to new students in the six-year School of Medicine program?
I was nervous I wasn’t going to be smart enough. But I learned half of medical school is your work ethic and how bad you want it. Remember that the people who interviewed you saw something in you — if you can get over your fear of failing, you can do it and succeed.
What’s are your favorite part about Kansas City?
I love the World War I memorial, it has the best view of the city. I love to go on walks around there at night to see the city lights. And of course, I’m a Royals fan so I love going to the K as often as I can!