Journey to Medical School
Organized by: Jasmine Baker
Hello friends, family and everyone in between!
If you know me personally then you are more than likely familiar with my career aspirations of becoming a physician. Although not an easy journey by any means, it has been incredibly rewarding to work towards this goal and maintain steadfastness in my cause.
After graduating from Marquette University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture with a minor in Biology, I took a year off to work and apply to Post-Baccalaureate programs in hopes of further advancing my candidacy for medical school. I began Dominican University’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies Program that following fall of 2013. There I have had the opportunity to take more advanced science coursework, complete clinical rotations in the Emergency Department of Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as present research on both the effects of toxic stress on brain plasticity in early childhood and the genetic and environmental implications of hypertension in the Black community at the 2014 and 2016 ACCA Student Symposium respectively. I was conferred the Bachelor of Medical Science, BMS, from Dominican University’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program this past May.
I also recently concluded my work as Chief Medical Scribe in the Emergency Department of Ingalls Memorial Hospital this past April, where I had made yet another home and family for the past two years. Currently, I am conducting an independent study on health habits of premed students under the supervision of Dr. Carsi Hughes, PhD and Clinical Associate Professor at Dominican University.
Again this has been an incredibly rewarding journey, which has manifested into an acceptance into a 14-week accelerated medicine program at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Saint Kitts for the September 2016 term. Successful completion of the program guarantees my admittance to their medical school in January 2017.
Although a triumph in itself, traveling some 2,200+ miles to the West Indies to continue my studies in medicine will be no simple task. Out of all the welcoming challenges I know this rigorous program will offer, I sincerely hope that cost will not be one of them. Thus, I am reaching out to all of you to ask that you please help me make this investment in my dream. I have only made it this far because of the countless sacrifices, prayers, love, encouragement and support from family, friends, peers, community, and mentors alike. I am so grateful for this abundant network of people who truly wish for me to see this goal through. I thank you personally for taking the time to read this. If you cannot give a monetary donation, your love and advice are still very much welcomed and needed.
For those who have a few dollars to get off their hands, any amount counts and would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you so much for your time and support.