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Over the years, I’ve garnered substantial experiences during my undergraduate and medical careers with the admissions process, curriculum committees, roles of leadership, and spearheading new organizations. I’ve met and interviewed countless applicants from all walks of life, and feel I have a lot of advice to address common concerns posed by aspiring healthcare professionals.
What's your education timeline?
I attended public school in Katy, Texas, and after finishing high school a year early, I received a scholarship to attend Houston Baptist University where I majored in both chemistry and biochemistry molecular biology. I also finished my undergraduate studies a year early and chose to take a gap year to re-take the MCAT and teach MCAT preparatory courses. I then achieved my lifelong dream to train at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in the Texas Medical Center. I chose to stay at BCM for my anesthesiology residency and will be beginning my fellowship training in critical care and adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Harvard in summer 2017.
What got you into technology?
As a child, I remember my dad bringing home all sorts of old computer parts from work. He encouraged me to tear them apart, learn about the components, and understand how software interacted with hardware to accomplish amazing things. I started building computers at a very young age, but simply couldn’t afford the latest and greatest parts on the market. Nevertheless, the logical thought process of computing was incredibly appealing. Around the same time, I grew fond of automotive workings. I learned about the different parts in an internal combustion engine, how they interact, and how to troubleshoot problems. Over the years, I’ve tinkered with almost every aspect of my car and try to help colleagues with their automotive needs.
I love Linux (Debian derivatives), MacOS, Apple notebooks and tablets, Nexus/Pixel Android smartphones, and most importantly, building my own desktop computers. I’ve also written about the gadgets I use on a daily basis.
What's your goal with social media?
It’s very simple. Social media outlets like this blog, Twitter, and Instagram allow me to use my love of technology to fuel my love of teaching. As a physician, I want to provide advice and reassure to those on similar journeys while also curating and creating informative content for the general public.
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