MY WHITE COAT MEANS SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH SERVICE
Going to medical school and committing to becoming a physician only really made sense to me when I began volunteering through my undergraduate university's service learning program. Building relationships with people who had been marginalized and stigmatized by substance abuse, homelessness, mental illness, or HIV status--and feeling a sense of shared humanity between us--propelled me to prioritize working for social justice by leveraging my talents & privilege for others. Being a physician and combining science with direct service will let me do just that--it's the best way I can think of for me to positively impact the world.
-Kathryn Oskar, MD Candidate, Class of 2019