Michelle Crespo, Family Medicine Intern, USC/California Hospital Medical Center Administrative Director, 2008-2009 Background: After graduating from UCLA in 2010, I took a year off and applied to medical schools. I became a part of PRIME-LC at UCI School of Medicine in 2011 during which I was also involved in LMSA (Latino Medical Student Association) and CaHPSA (advocacy group for health reform). I graduated this summer and am now an intern in Family Medicine at USC/California Hospital Medical Center. Favorite LSHP Memory? The fear and exhilaration of leading my first health fair at Hawthorne with my awesome co-directors, which helped motivate us for the rest of the year. Also, Tecate trips are unforgettable and have a special place in my heart. How did LSHP improve your leadership skills or help make you a better professional? LSHP helped me tremendously on my journey to becoming a physician, and to this day I feel it has given me an advantage over my colleagues through in-depth experience with planning events and working with patients. As a volunteer I was trained to take screenings for very common diseases such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol, and learned to provide basic health information. I learned valuable managerial skills with composing and defending a funding proposal through the CPO. Planning health fairs and fundraisers helped me become more organized, vocal, and confident. I was able to apply these skills as a medical student and, more importantly, maintained a passion for working with the underserved Latino community. Any advice? If anyone needs advice or has questions about school or anything in general, I am more than happy to to help out. Feel free to contact me.
Esteban Aguayo, MS1, Drew/UCLA Medical School Co-Programming Director, 2012-2013 Favorite LSHP Memory? This is a great question but a bit unfair just because of all of the great memories I made with LSHP. I don't think I have ever worked with such passionate and like minded individuals that wanted to do whatever we could to serve our community. But, one great memory came from a Tecate trip (of course). I was overseeing the kid section and they expressed how happy they were that we would come to visit them. It might seem small but we put so much work into all of the events that hearing their genuine feelings toward us meant a lot. How did LSHP improve your leadership skills or help make you a better professional? Late into my second year I discovered Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM) and found a group who motivated and supported me. As a Co-Programming Director for LSHP I learned about the importance of global health, the challenges of creating sustainable projects and the true meaning of compassion.CCM/LSHP gave me insight and perspective on the struggles people have in accessing health care, even in the midst of today’s health reforms. These experiences blessed me with opportunities to connect with patients from diverse communities and work as part of a team to achieve better health. Any advice? Always remember there are many people along the pipeline who have been in your shoes and are willing to provide support and mentorship. I could not have made it without the help of mentors (older LSHP or CCM members, LMSA members, awesome physician mentors) and I encourage you to reach out to me or others for any questions. You are doing important work (but please balance it with academics!) and you will be a bad ass in whatever field you go into!