I can vividly recall the moment in my life at the age of six when I first met my baby brother, as he lay
asleep in his car seat in the middle of the wooden floors of my family room. However, the diagnosis of
his ventricular septal defect (VSD) remains a forgotten glimpse. As severe as a hole in the heart may
sound, the health implications are minimal if it is diagnosed and treated early, as it afflicts many
children. Sadly, an organized and rational understanding of what my brother had was not what my
parents found upon encountering the first cardiologist they met who, as my mom still recalls with wide
eyes, was more afraid than we were. Thankfully, my parents consulted another opinion and met our
current family physician, Dr. Grady, who assured my parents that there were many largely successful
options and dissolved Internet myths. This allowed us to form a plan instead of putting life at a
standstill-- a realization I made-- was possible through not only an intelligent doctor, but also a
compassionate one. My brothers diagnosis proved to me how a disease can undermine ones health,
and this went onto guiding my perception and involvements.
Lingering curiosity about my brothers disease had led to my fascination with physical and life sciences
and the knowledge doctors held. As I got older, I worked at a lobby desk at my local hospital and
developed rapport with the visitors and patients--giving me inclusion and purpose in the busy livelihood
of a medical lifestyle.
My interest spread to cardiac research when I came to UCLA as a freshman, as I found synchrony with
Dr. Nguyens medical cardiology lab. I began as an amateur in experimental electrophysiology, but I
quickly matured by devoting time and effort into acquiring the skills and scientific inquiry to lead a
personal project--which contributed heavily in: my confidence to lead an organized task and my sense
of competence in the medical world. My project allowed me to examine the mechanisms of atrial
fibrillation and further solidified my devotion to solving arrhythmia related issues. Through this
experience, I learned the ongoing scholarship required of a physician to stay updated with latest
innovations for quality patient care.
I sought to contribute to a few other projects related to arrhythmias at Mattel Childrens Hospital with
Dr. Moore, leading to my research into prenatal prolonged Q-T syndrome detection and recurrent
tachycardia in postoperative catheter ablation patients with a specific arterial transposition. Proactively
cultivating my research capabilities also gave me examples to relate my classroom learning, and these
opportunities continuously reinforced my passion to learn about medicine and becoming a doctor.
Occasionally shadowing Dr. Moore on the childrens floor, I observed how sensitively and efficiently
situations were handled-- especially when language barriers present, and I saw the challenges in
subduing the worries of parents from the other side.
An interest in pediatrics persisted as I volunteered as a cabin counselor at Camp Ronald McDonald,
where I steered and assisted children and their families through activities. It refined my empathy to the
sensitivities and endurance of pediatric patients and the rippling effect of their condition on their loved
ones. My fondest memory is one scorching afternoon, when 8-year-old Dylan, who was progressively
losing his vision, climbed the top of The Tower. Upon his victorious hurl back to the ground, his
surrounding cabin mates gave him no more or less praise than the others. The non-discriminatory
attitude that such young children held showed me the outcome of the emotional awareness present at
camp and the immediate return on disseminating positive influence to this impressionable age group.
The array of perspectives gained pushed me to travel abroad to experience globally prevalent issues
when I went to the Dominican Republic on a clinical outreach trip. There, I became adept in
diagnosis/pharmaceutical protocol for symptoms presented and gained fluency in medical Spanish
terms and conversation. The excitement of getting a correct diagnosis or extra lesson from a local
doctor on site fulfilled my personal satisfaction of growth and volunteerism, while that of making house
visits to distribute water filters and physiotherapy fulfilled my desire to leave behind a future for local
progress in healthcare.
My brothers diagnosis led me to realize my inclination to be involved in the medical field, and each
activity from there has led me to a future direction of pursuit in a possible medical career. My grade
school fascination with science gave me the foundation I needed to be adept at my research
endeavors. Research showed me the novel solutions being developed for patient maladies. Through
local volunteering with pediatric patients and efforts to help communities globally, I realized the healing
importance of a strong physician-patient bond. Becoming a physician was revealed to be a
multifaceted path. My encounters led me to the desire to advocate for patients and use my skills to
ameliorate both the health of individuals and the greater community.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 129
In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, going to the gym, watching movies, and spending time with my family.
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