Vanessa Garcia Part 2: Mighty Accomplishments!

After graduating from Redondo Union High School, I entered UC Riverside as a pre-medical student with a few academic scholarships under my belt. After two years at UC Riverside, I transferred to UCLA for my last two years of college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Soon after graduating from UCLA, I worked two years as a Staff Research Associate for one of CDC's Prevention Research Centers, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center, where I worked primarily in obesity prevention research projects. Our focus was to identify health disparities in the community, mainly in low-income communities, and investigate the effectiveness of programs designed by our research team to help close the disparity gap. One of our many efforts in identifying health disparities will soon be published on Preventing Chronic Disease Journal with myself as one of the co-authors which I'm excited about. I left my research job in order to focus my energies on preparing for the notorious MCAT which is the medical school entrance exam. I will soon be applying to medical school so that I can go to medical school to achieve my dream of becoming a clinical Doctor. I hope to do Doctors without Borders, but if that's not possible, I'll definitely be organizing medical missions trips around the world to provide free medical care. I dream of piloting a plane with my future medical team to remote zones in Latin American countries. I will, also, volunteer my medical knowledge and skills in free or low-cost health clinics in my local community as much as possible.


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