OB/GYN Resident, Boston Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
My time as a Jim Slotnick Fellow was an invaluable experience, deepening my commitment to underserved communities. Working along side passionate and caring individuals at the Saban Community Clinic fueled my desire to serve as a physician in communities in need. As a medical student you learn about the heart; what makes it pump and beat, and how it’s damaged. However, you don’t connect it with a person, a story of the challenges one has faced, or the health consequences of those challenges. Being a Jim Slotnick Fellow gave me an opportunity to connect with the individuals behind the beating heart. I was able to connect to patients who shared their afflictions, and trusted me to help them. Under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Vuong, I learned how to accept the responsibility of taking care of our patients. The physician I hope to become in the future has been shaped by my time as a Jim Slotnick Fellow.