About Me

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About Me

My mission is to co-create goods and offer services that are built upon the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of the mind, body, and spirit.

I am currently balancing this mission with a full-time job in healthcare alongside my startup company, VAROS Technologies Inc.

In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, creating YouTube videos, and hiking as ways to decompress.

My recent interests include longevity, metaphysics, philosophy, and entrepreneurship.

With matriculation into medical school in the summer of '23, I strive to provide value and facilitate the success of others in the most meaningful ways possible.

Check out my YouTube Channel and LinkTree to learn more about my mission and how I plan to achieve it.



My hobbies are used to recharge my energy, relieve stress, and ground me in the present moment - all so that I can effectively provide value to those around me. Splitting them into the three general categories of physical, mental, and spiritual, my list is ever-growing and changing like the tides. However, my favorite hobbies are those that combine all three, bringing my mind-body-spirit connection in harmony as one.

Starting with the least strenuous physical hobby, I love the time spent simply walking outdoors. Regardless of whether I am basking in the sun on a mid-summer day or deep within a forest on a crisp winter morning, walking in nature is my time spent away from the technological environment and the hustle and bustle of daily life. Depending on my location, I will often go on hikes or long walks along the beach. To recuperate after a work week, I find relaxation in spending a few hours on nearby trails cycling with my father. We bond over the liberating feeling of soaring down a hill with the wind blowing strong. My long-lasting and primary physical hobby has been weight-lifting. Beginning with the basic compound exercises as a teenager, I have expanded into powerlifting, calisthenics, and now yoga. Each of these forms of fitness scratch different itches. Strength training empowers me by finding rewards in personal records as well as the failed repetitions. Calisthenics converts this strength training into control over my whole body, and yoga helps with deep relaxation and stretching. These forms of exercise have been uniquely expansive and enjoyable, but incomparable to the reward that comes from helping others discover their passion for exercise. A perk of personal training that has been uniquely rewarding is simply connecting with an incredibly diverse array of individuals. Each person comes into our training sessions from a different baseline, striving towards different goals. Boiling down my hobby of personal training into its most basic parts, I enjoy speaking with others, understanding their goals, and helping facilitate their success in achieving them. With this in mind, I can understand more clearly why I wish to pursue a career in medicine.

My mental hobbies typically involve learning a wide range of topics for no reason than the act of learning itself. With topics ranging from business, physics, and computer science to philosophy, history, and neuroscience, I choose to listen, read, and watch just about anything that seems enjoyable. Depending on the day, I will add a comedic podcast to the rotation. When my mind needs a break, I choose to regain mental clarity with time spent in nature, away from technology.

For my spiritual hobbies, I have been experimenting with various forms of meditation. Recent examples include chakra meditation, the establishment of mindfulness (satipatthana), and insight meditation (vipassana). In that order, I relax my body and mind for a smooth transition into sleep. Also, my blog feeds any extra appetite for my spiritual growth as I can contemplate metaphysical ideas and share my thoughts. Lastly, if possible, I will try to spend time with animals. My hobbies are ever-changing, but one constant has been my love to relax and spend time with friends, family, and my significant other.


and Opinions

I am 24 years old.

Currently, I live in Virginia.

I learn more about myself and my journey through life on a daily basis.

I believe in viewing life from a rationally optimistic point of view.

My passions lie in medicine, engineering, education, and technology.



  • 2017
    Blacksburg, VA

    Clinical Neuroscience - BS

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    GPA 3.93 average in final four semesters

    Deans List Awards, Honors

    A major in clinical neuroscience has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of how the body functions throughout life while exploring interests aside from the basic sciences, like philosophy, ethics, psychology, and morality.

  • 2013
    Brambleton, VA

    High School Diploma

    Briar Woods High School

    GPA 4.20

    Deans List, Honors

    My time in High School was spent playing organized sports, experiencing online and in-person social networks, and finding where my passions lay.

Clinical Experience
  • Jan 2021
    Lansdowne, VA

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Emeritas Research Group

    I am the connecting point between physicians, pharmaceutical companies, patients, and other healthcare staff. Handling twelve concurrent clinical studies, I find patients eligible for a study, enroll them if possible, and guide them throughout the months of trial-related requirements.

  • Jan 2021
    Lansdowne, VA

    Procedural Technician

    Loudoun Endoscopy Group

    Assisting in colonoscopies and endoscopies with various combinations of gastroenterologists and anesthesiologists, I have grown to understand how the operating room functions both socially and professionally. The short procedure times allow me to see double-digit numbers of patients, each different from the last.

  • Jan 2021
    Lansdowne, VA

    Medical Assistant

    Colon, Stomach, and Liver Center

    As a medical assistant, I speak one-on-one with approximately thirty patients per shift. With many facing the inevitable by bringing themselves in to schedule a colonoscopy screening, I calm any nerves by maintaining lighthearted conversation until the doctor is available. For patients presenting with symptoms, I get to the point and acquire any pertinent information to make the doctor as well aware as possible.

  • Aug
    Dec 2022
    Lansdowne, VA

    Pre-Operative Nurse

    Loudoun Endoscopy Group

    Given the surge in demand for pre-operative biospecimen collection studies, my recent work has leaned towards pre-operative nursing. At the Loudoun Endoscopy Group, I prepare patients for colonoscopies and esophagogastroduodenoscopies by getting them physically and mentally prepared for what is to come.

    Responsibilities involve preparing a sanitary area for patients, completing electronic medical record pre-operative requirements, starting an intravenous line, and following the operating physician's workflow.

  • Feb
    Oct 2019
    Salem, VA

    Medical Scribe

    LewisGale Hospital, Emergency Department

    One Sunday afternoon, a surgeon, on his rare day off, came running through our automatic double doors. His wife, skin pale as my white tee, laid limp in his arms. I sat across the hall, listening to the husband’s shrieks and pleads as his wife was quickly surrounded by emergency personnel, another physician-scribe combo not far behind. I watched as a provider tried his best to console the grief-stricken husband who could no longer bear the weight of the situation. I could not imagine what he was going through - years of marriage with a loving partner, all gone in a day - and at that moment I did not even have time to try as I was quickly shuffled off to see the next patient.

    Beginning my pre-medical school journey, I had only ever been in a clinical setting as a patient. With this, I intentionally placed myself on the frontlines of care as an underclassman. I wanted an all-encompassing experience of healthcare before committing myself to this path, and working in the emergency department gave just that. Looking back, it was not the day-to-day activities of scribing that were the most meaningful. Instead, it was seeing my job as a piece to a much greater puzzle that was so memorable and what ultimately matured my intention of becoming a physician. Not only was it the clinical experience that led me to a more expansive view of medicine in the gastrointestinal clinic, but it was the motivating factor that showed me life and death in its many forms of beauty and horror. Knowing that I was just in a single rural emergency department put into perspective the volume of disease, sickness, and suffering all around us. Ultimately, my experience as a medical scribe humbled my youthful sense of immortality by seeing patients of all ages present with a multitude of life-threatening issues. While I loved helping the emergency medicine doctors in any way that I could, part of me always wanted to stick with the patients that were wheeled upstairs for admission.

  • Est.
    Dec 2021
    Washington, D.C.


    Spiritual DAO

    The Spiritual DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) is a global community of spiritual souls building the infrastructure for members to connect with themselves in the new world. Our mission is to build a collectively-desired reality: one which allows spirituality to flourish in the Metaverse.

    We value free will, sovereignty, open-mindedness, and unconditional self-love; if you vibe with these, then join the discord and say what's up!

  • Est.
    Oct. 2021


    Astral Kingdom NFT Collection

    Co-created a team of 15+ individual spanning three continents; managing the front- and backend development, artwork curation, and promotional marketing.

    Built to serve as membership passes into the Spiritual DAO; the Astral Kingdom established precedent as the Spiritual DAO's first working subDAO.

  • January
    Reston, VA

    Physician Shadowing

    The Gastroenterology Group

    Shadowing Dr. Noguera was my first exposure to the private practice side of healthcare. I was impressed by Dr. Noguera’s ability to treat patients fluently in English and Spanish. For the procedures, I was mesmerized by the swift polypectomies and endoscopic anatomy lessons.

  • January
    Reston, VA

    Physician Shadowing

    Reston Hospital

    I shadowed anesthesiologist, Dr. Shea, and his CRNA co-workers throughout orthopedic surgeries and a cesarean section. I enjoyed shadowing in anesthesia due to the multitude of different cases I was able to see.

  • January
    Reston, VA

    Nurse Practitioner Shadowing

    Reston Hospital

    I shadowed in the ICU with Kelly Clark, NP, and my mother, RN, for a night shift. The shift involved various high-intensity bursts of action, like an active STEMI and traumatic brain injury patients, followed by low-intensity downtime. While the provider charted, I was brought on a tour of the NICU, ED, and administrative office.

  • November

    Physician Shadowing

    Pre-Health Shadowing

    Dr. Kantrowitz was kind enough to describe his experiences from being an undergraduate to now as a resident. As my first virtual shadowing experience, Dr. Kantrowitz walked me through his mindset when handling several orthopedic case studies.

  • November

    Physician Shadowing

    Pre-Health Shadowing

    Virtually shadowing anesthesiologist, Dr. Pinesett, highlighted the financial pitfalls that commonly occur in medical students, residents, and newly hired physicians.

  • November

    Physician Shadowing

    Pre-Health Shadowing

    In this virtual shadowing experience, Dr. Bouzamondo summarized the path of bringing potential medications from the bench to the bedside. Also, Dr. Bouzamondo explained his experiences in working with pediatric patients compared to adults.






Saket Bikmal


Michael Joseph


Josh Bradley


Kian Maranon


Johanna Huarachi

UX/UI Developer

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Conference 2021

Knowledge is Power: Linking augmented reality with 3D printed internal organs to Improve Medical education and increase patient involvement in clinical studies

Virtual & Augmented Reality Organ Systems (VAROS)

Our innovation is the use of augmented reality in clinical care to improve patient health literacy, and thus enrollment and adherence to clinical studies. To test for VAROS’ effect on patient health literacy, we hypothesize that if VAROS is used in comparison to the industry standard to inform patients on the quantity, size, severity, and location of their colonic polyp status post colonoscopy, then the patients using VAROS will demonstrate a greater understanding of their diagnosis due to the engagement of more senses while learning. If VAROS shows a significant improvement compared to industry standards of patient-physician conversation and 2D graphic visual representation, then VAROS will be used in a further study to determine whether patient enrollment and adherence to clinical studies is significantly different through the use of VAROS. We hypothesize that VAROS' ability to captivate patient attention while engaging multiple senses will lead to improved patient health literacy and, therefore, improved enrollment and adherence to clinical studies compared to industry standards.

Our first step was finding students with specialized skills related to our device. We have built a team of Ph.D., graduate, and undergraduate students with expertise in 3D modeling and design, augmented and virtual reality, computer science, biomedical engineering, finance, and law. I am serving as a GI clinic’s clinical research coordinator with pharmaceutical companies willing to get this product up and running, initially planned for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and eosinophilic esophagitis studies.

The next steps of VAROS include incorporating the beta version of the customizable colonic polyp quantity, severity, size, and location designs into the VAROS mobile application and begin collecting physician feedback at the Colon, Stomach, and Liver (CSL) Center in Lansdowne, VA. After spotting and handling bugs in the software, I will submit for central institutional review board review before beginning the data collection phase of our study. Depending on the results of our data analysis, we will begin data collection for phase II of our study. Following more data analysis, we will compile our results onto an ePoster for the 2022 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Global InterGrowth Conference Presentation. Afterwards, we will begin to market ourselves to pharmaceutical companies interested in using VAROS' product to enhance patient enrollment and adherence to their clinical studies.

Polyp Visualization

Virginia Tech's Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology

Working as a clinical research coordinator, I have noticed countless numbers of patients who lacked a true understanding of their diagnoses.

With diagnoses like eosinophilic esophagitis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, can you blame them?

Of course not, but what we could do was improve the tools used to educate patients.

Better patient education = Better adherence to treatments = Healthier population

With this goal, we got to work with designing a visualization that we believe is far superior over the 2D poster board representations serving as the industry standard.

Then, we created the software capable of hosting the designs.

Dr. Alexander Leonessa

Primary Investigator

Dr. Garret Burks

Postdoctoral Researcher

Cameron Ardani

Undergraduate Researcher


Design of an Active Voice Box Prosthesis with Embedded Actuation

Virginia Tech Biomechanical Engineering

My interest in synthetic larynx repair brought me to Virginia Tech’s mechanical engineering department. Dr. Alexander Leonessa and his Ph.D. student, Garret Burks’, work aligned with my interest. At the time, Dr. Leonessa was preoccupied with other projects, but Garret had extra time and wanted to help. Together, Garret and I mapped out a plan to move forward.

The first step was to review the current understanding of synthetic biology’s application in laryngectomies. After understanding similar work in the field, Garret and I created vocal fold designs. Modeled first on paper, I began to learn computer-aided design to three-dimensionally (3D) design and print our vocal folds. Combining my anatomical knowledge with Garret’s analytical engineering mindset, we were able to create variations of common mammalian vocal folds to 3D print. Having prepared a list of possible materials to use, designs to print, and experiments to run with the products, I was learning every day and progressing towards my goals.

Unfortunately, over our winter break, Garret defended his thesis, earned his Ph.D., and was offered a job a few states away. Excited for my mentor, but saddened by my loss of accessibility to necessary labs and equipment, the end of our research had come sooner than anticipated.

Fortunately, I had documented our progress and kept upcoming experimental plans. Come the summer of 2020, Dr. Leonessa compiled our work into an abstract and submitted it to the National Science Foundation (NSF). For the division of chemical, bioengineering, environmental, and transport systems organization of the NSF, I was recognized as a supported project contributor for the “Design of an Active Voice Box Prosthesis with Embedded Actuation” which awarded $127,000 for the mechanical engineering department of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

My favorite part of this research experience was collaborating with an interdisciplinary team and progressing at our own pace. Working with engineers to apply scientific knowledge to real-world problems helped me grow as both a learner and a researcher.




Community Service Experience
  • Apr 2017
    July 2023

    Personal Trainer


    Beginning with weight training to the point of competing in power-lifting events, I quickly loved the cyclic bulking and cutting method of improving my strength, endurance, and conditioning. Over time, my goals shifted towards building a foundation set for longevity. Prior to the pandemic closing gyms, I co-founded my school’s calisthenics club to provide body weight workout guides. Under quarantine, I shared these free programs with students, Special Olympics athletes, and my apartment community. Since graduation, I have begun exploring gymnastics, yoga, and various primal movements. Throughout this journey, I have helped others achieve their goals in any fitness-related domain.

    From a young age, it has been clear to me that my passion lies in fitness. Aside from the physical transformation of my body, the lesser obvious and more significant influence that fitness has had on me is its transformation on my mind. Whether it be stress relief or endorphin release, my body and brain are exercised an equal amount with each workout. On a different note, working out is also my time for creative expression. Throughout my near-decade of exercise, I have rarely ever repeated the same workout twice. Not only does having variety result in improved muscle conditioning, but I also end up feeling an eager excitement for each workout every day. In the medical field, full of objective truths, where the scientific method is the path to unleash one’s creativity, I am thankful for my main hobby coincidentally being my creative outlet. The feeling that I have following each workout has been so self-satisfying that I have felt drawn to ensure that others can feel this same way. I created a personal training non-profit that, since its inception, has helped train hundreds of people across the world. In every client's eyes, I see a past version of myself. Watching these everyday people transform out of their unhealthy habits and become rejuvenated with more youthfulness has been awe-inspiring.

  • Aug 2018
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Bowler & Office Volunteer

    Special Olympics

    My time with Special Olympics began through weekly bonding with the athletes through various sports programs. As part of my fraternity's philanthropy, we were able to raise $35,700 to support Special Olympics in the New River Valley.

    Outside of the weekly events with the athletes and their families, I spent time refurbishing the Special Olympics main office. This hands-on, manual labor work helped improve inefficiencies within the Special Olympics Headquarters while also refreshing my skills from past subcontracting work.

    Being a Special Olympics volunteer has inspired me to mold my Class-to-Calendar project around the needs of students with disabilities and their families. With the rise of online learning, I wanted to create special tools for special education.

  • Est.
    July 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Virtual Mutual Aid Network


    Amidst the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic quarantine and lockdowns, I created a virtual mutual aid network to help struggling families associated with my region's Special Olympics. At the time, many athletes and their families struggled to accomplish basic tasks. Because of this, I provided a platform for surrounding members to broadcast their needs in which healthy volunteers would aid in accomplishing. Initially intended for services like grocery pickup, the network grew to help community members with transportation, translation services, and employment opportunities. After receiving volunteer help from Virginia Tech students, the network eventually offered more support than there was a demand for. This experience sparked an interest in helping local and virtual communities through online services.

  • Jan 2020
    May 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Class Note Taker

    Cell Molecular Neuroscience

    My structure of note-taking in cell molecular neuroscience lectures included downloading the class PowerPoints, marking down the important pieces of the lecture, and converting it all into downloadable Anki flashcards.

    These notes and flashcards were shared after each class and led to a 15.2% increase in the percentage of enrolled students achieving an A overall compared to previous semesters.



  • July 2015
    Aug 2018
    Ashburn, VA


    Sunband Inc.

    Working as a subcontractor was my first professional taste at independent work. I was delegated tasks, supplies, and a team to take on projects ranging from boardwalk refurbishment to office building cleaning.

    Over time, I began gaining more responsibility. Eventually, I was surveying communities for issues that could be fixed, creating financial plans for each project, and building teams to work towards the solution.

    My time with Sunband taught me how to work efficiently with others while gaining hands-on leadership experience.

  • July
    Dallas, TX

    Robert M. Zillgitt Leadership Institute

    Phi Sigma Kappa

    After an application process, I was selected as the single nominee to represent my chapter at a nationwide fraternity leadership convention.

    My time was spent speaking about personal development and awareness, citizenship and community, and elements of leadership.

  • Aug 2019
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Neuroscience Laboratory Teaching Assistant

    Virginia Tech

    Serving as a teaching assistant in my neuroscience laboratory was my first in-class leadership role. I spent class-time helping prepare labs and assist students in their laboratory techniques.

    Outside of class, I provided ample aid for students completing lab reports with topics including clinical motor testing, visuomotor adaptation, stress response, brain-computer interfaces, chemical control of behavior, and cognitive enhancement.

    There was a 20.0% increase in the percentage of enrolled students achieving an A overall compared to previous semesters.

  • August
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Biochemistry Teaching Assistant

    Virginia Tech

    After scoring well in biochemistry as a student and in my MCAT preparation, I offered my time as a teaching assistant to share resources, study tools, and any knowledge necessary for students in the class. This manifested into answering questions in lectures, grading assignments, and hosting weekly office hours.

    This experience taught me how to share knowledge with students of differing education levels. Helping students one-on-one, I would gauge their current level of understanding, where flaws in their current thinking are, and how to guide them to find the solution themselves. There was a learning curve when fighting the urge to simply help students in the quickest and easiest way possible.

  • October
    Nov 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Lead for Good

    Virginia Tech

    Lead for Good was a newly offered program centered around creating positive sustainable change in the areas of physical and mental health. To do so, small groups of students were given free rein over how they wanted to give back to the Virginia Tech community. My group’s final product, termed “Individualized Health,” allowed incoming students to select an aspect of health that they wished to improve within themselves. With selections being physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and/or intellectual health, users would then see all of the university’s resources related to their goal. Having wished this tool existed as an incoming freshman, it was gratifying to be involved in it’s creation.



  • Aug 2018
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Synapse Club – Member

    Virginia Tech

    Synapse club served as my first undergraduate organization where I was able to see my real-life examples of topics taught in my lectures. More specifically, I was able to learn about traumatic brain injuries in class, then attend Synapse meetings with locals who have endured such injuries.

    My time spent with the Synapse club allowed me to understand, to a better degree, the social, physiological, and economic toll that a traumatic brain injury can have on one's life.

  • Nov 2018
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Phi Sigma Kappa - Scholarship Chair

    Virginia Tech

    Throughout my fraternal pledge process, I helped brothers create study schedules that fit their needs. Due to this, once initiated, I was appointed to scholarship chair. In the following semesters, the fraternity earned an average GPA higher than the All-Fraternity & Sorority life average, All-Undergraduate average, and All-Men’s average at Virginia Tech. These awards led to my nomination and subsequent trip to Dallas, Texas for the ZillGitt Leadership Institute. There, I connected with brothers from across the nation to discuss topics ranging from identity to implicit bias. Bringing back lessons learned, my chapter saw a 15% increase in recruitment the following semester.

  • July 2019
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Ten.Thousand.cc - Campus Ambassador

    Virginia Tech

    Becoming a sponsored athlete and campus ambassador for a fitness brand was a goal of mine from the start of my online training journey. Ten.Thousand was a great company that helped me host a powerlifting event and various tabling events within Virginia Tech.

    I still have a discount code "Bouras" if anyone is interested in getting a discounted price on any Ten.Thousand.cc clothes. I recommend their athletic shorts and compression pants.

  • Oct 2019
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Calisthenics Club – Cofounder

    Virginia Tech

    The calisthenics club began after meeting fellow students that were passionate about bodyweight exercises. We began meeting at scheduled times to work on various goals and eventually decided to make an organized club to take in new members.

    Upon the creation of the club, I led program creation, implementation, and facilitation with all members. I developed goal-specific exercise routines for members of all starting levels. I helped many members achieve goals including planches, handstand pushups, muscle-ups, and the human flag.

  • Oct 2019
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Red Cross Club – Blood Services Leader

    Virginia Tech

    I joined the Red Cross club with the goal of providing ample supplies of blood through my various connections on campus. My medical scribing experience showed me how frequently patients in the emergency department need blood donations to survive, so I decided to join the club and increase our blood donation totals.

    After being promoted to the Blood Services Leader, I was able to increase monthly donation totals 10% and semesterly totals up 25% compared to past months and semesters.

  • January
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    MCAT Preparation Club - Founder

    Virginia Tech

    After creating MCAT Daily Prep, I decided to form a group for students to motivate and educate one another throughout their MCAT preparation. For my self-studying, I formed a group with pseudonymous studiers around the country. Having supportive students at our same school helped students achieve their goal MCAT scores.

    As the founder, I shared resources, created study programs, and connected students of similar progress to each other. Now, newer students have taken over as the leaders of the group.

  • September
    Dec 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Meditation Club - Cofounder

    Virginia Tech

    The Virginia Tech mediation club, Breathe, was formed as a support group looking to educate others on various meditative techniques. Group members have several years of experience with practices including mindfulness, transcendental meditation, and other individualized practices.

  • Aug 2019
    Jan 2020
    Blacksburg, VA

    Ethos Club – Executive Member

    Virginia Tech

    The Ethos club members gathered consensus of what financial topics fellow students were least knowledgeable about and recruited appropriate figures to give speeches on those topics. The club targeted non-financial majors who were interested in learning useful skills related to finance. My role revolved around the social media marketing and financial figure recruitment.


Medical School Essays

'23 Personal Statement

Bleary-eyed and still recovering from my ER scribe shift the previous night, I glanced at the patient census list: it was looking like another busy night. “Hey Andrew, everyone’s tied up with running a code in bed two. Can you start getting the history on Mr. Jones in bed six?” While transcribing his history of present illness, it became clear that Mr. Jones’ chest pain was a classic presentation, and the situation’s urgency dawned upon me.

I grabbed the EKG machine and placed the electric leads on his body. As he endured his pain, I held his hand in comfort and ironically found it just as soothing to me. I admired Mr. Jones’ pleasant demeanor and his underlying strength reminded me of my own father’s cardiac experience. Momentarily, I felt an inexplicable bond and connection with this stranger in bed six. However, my desire to do more for Mr. Jones was frustrating as I was limited in my capacity as a mere medical scribe. This frustration worsened knowing that nobody was available to help more. My limitation only strengthened my resolve to become a physician and be able to help in a greater capacity. I pushed these thoughts aside and was able to find an available ER physician. As Mr. Jones’ pain dissipated, his smile returned as he extended a grateful hand toward me. I asked Mr. Jones if I could visit him in the hospital tomorrow. “I would like that,” he replied.

I went to see Mr. Jones the next day and could not help but notice that he appeared unkempt, which prompted me to learn more about his personal situation. I learned that, much like my father, Mr. Jones’ heart attack was induced by stress. Unlike my father’s situation, Mr. Jones’ stress was more severe as his personal life was in shambles and his support system was completely lacking. My father had the good fortune of having a strong supportive family, and I was saddened to see Mr. Jones alone in the hospital without any attentive family members. With every visit to his bedside, I noticed his inability to understand medication instructions and difficulty navigating the hospital environment. This was an all too familiar nightly experience during my medical scribe tenure in the ER. Mr. Jones understood what he needed to do, but not why he was being instructed to do so, resulting in lapses in medication adherence. His health literacy was impaired, affecting his road to recovery.

Mr. Jones had been through enough, and I became inspired to improve community health literacy. I started Virtual & Augmented Reality Organ Systems (VAROS) Technologies Inc. to improve patient treatment understanding. It was apparent that Mr. Jones was not alone in that patients of all ages and education levels were not comprehending important yet complex verbal explanations by health care personnel. Offering customizable, immersive organ system designs across a suite of extended reality technologies allows VAROS to supplement the physician’s explanations and curb this challenge for patients. Fortunately, fellow community leaders, such as engineers and researchers, have aligned with the inspiration and joined the platform to expand our reach to as many patients as possible.

I believe knowledge is powerful in its ability to turn angst into appreciation. With a perceptual grasp of one’s health comes the removal of fear-based lifestyles, allowing one to thrive biologically, socially, and psychologically. Having seen, first-hand with Mr. Jones, how debilitating a condition can be when compounded with a lack of understanding, I wish to not only empower myself with a medical education but to do so for my fellow man. From undergraduate personal training to transcribing in the ER, and now leading VAROS, my dream is to continue growing my foundation to bring knowledge and positive change to those around me.

As I do not yet have the medical education to truly be able to deliver quality treatments with care, improving health literacy with VAROS has been my attempt to meaningfully improve patient lives at this time. Doing so has expanded my understanding of healthcare beyond the one-on-one interactions seen in the clinic or hospital. These experiences have reinforced my desire to become a physician so that I can grow beyond limitations in my ability to treat people, both personally in a clinical setting and interpersonally at the community level. My desire is to be there for those grappling with death and holding their hand as they return to health, but systemic changes need to be addressed using modern solutions. Spending my gap years working alongside patients and building these innovative solutions has made me eager to begin medical school and earn the education and training required to take my capabilities to the next level. Doing so will allow me to finally be there for people like Mr. Jones and my father; with no amount of reward comparing otherwise.

Why I want to go to Medical School

My father’s heart attack changed my life. Leading up to that point, I never felt in control of my destiny. Much like my father, I lived reactive to the environment. On the day of the heart attack, I was home from college. After an aimless freshman year, I was eager to reflect on my past and recalibrate my trajectory forward. While my father was not one to complain, the look in his eyes spoke volumes; I knew something was wrong. I took him to the emergency department (ED), and by this time, agonizing pain overtook his whole body. He was knocking on death’s door and we both knew it. With every breath came a wince of pain, both for him and me. As his heart struggled to pump, my knees grew weak as I watched the man who raised me grapple with death. As indecision and doubt began to crystallize into fear, the doctor entered the room. Radiating warmth and confidence, the doctor quickly soothed our panic. Coordinating orders with the surrounding support staff, he knew what to do. In due time, the results spoke for themselves, bringing relief to all. My father was free of pain, and I, in awe of his complete one-eighty transformation. From that day on, I yearn to be like the doctor, with a mind intellectually capable of saving a life while also reducing tensions in the room. I desire to work with patients – for patients – for people like my father. However, first, I must take care of my father.

His heart attack was stress-induced, and the prognosis included mental and physical rehabilitation. To many fitness is mundane, but to me, it has healing properties. Fitness serves as my form of self-medication; however, this time it would be used to help my father. Recovering his strength and restructuring his diet was the priority. Beginning with the basics, I was impatient at first, but soon celebrated even the slightest bit of progress. Within a matter of months, he had surpassed his pre-heart attack baseline while we grew closer than ever. His transformation from bed-ridden and weak into a lively, younger version of himself, proved to us both that we are in control of our lives. For the first time, I found joy, compassion, and love in training others. Witnessing my father’s recovery brought more satisfaction than any personal workout and illuminated my passion for working with others to achieve their desired state of health. 

As my father’s health bloomed, I was left with a burning desire to return to the ED, this time as a medical scribe devoted to better understanding the patient-physician relationship. In southwest Virginia, local to my university, I came to understand the deeply ingrained socioeconomic underpinnings that limited patient health literacy in the area. Riddled with prescription nonadherence and misinterpretation of treatment plans, I was eager to help patients understand the magnitude of their condition and the necessary steps to optimize recovery. I refocused my efforts on research pertaining to ways to improve patient health literacy.

Despite ED language barriers and cultural differences, patients learn best when engaging their senses. To help patients engage their senses, I joined a research lab dedicated to modeling and printing organ systems. With this, I took medical explanations from purely verbal or two-dimensional into the third dimension allowing patients to understand the progression of their condition by building a mechanistic model they can touch and visualize. These mechanistic models motivated patients regardless of age, state, or condition to take initiative in their recovery.

With an interest in further expanding my perspective of various settings in healthcare, I joined a gastrointestinal (GI) private practice in my hometown following graduation. I assumed the role of medical assistant, procedural technician, and clinical research coordinator. With each position, I grew comfortable and came to enjoy working directly with patients. Similar to the ED, socioeconomic differences limited health literacy amongst the patient population; and in this case, poor health literacy significantly affected enrollment and compliance in clinical studies. To improve patient participation, I created Virtual and Augmented Reality Organ Systems (VAROS).

VAROS initially strived to improve patient participation in ongoing clinical trials; however, as I grew more familiar with my role in the GI clinic, VAROS proved to be applicable in other facets of healthcare. VAROS strives to empower the patient by making the prognoses more digestible and motivating patients to take initiative in their recovery. 

As the medical community shifts to include more technology in all facets of healthcare, I wish to become more adaptable in the medical environment to improve my efficacy as a physician. To achieve this goal, VAROS takes a multidisciplinary approach to maximize adaptability in the medical field as technology advances.

VAROS serves as a stepping stone to becoming a physician. Through the pursuit of knowledge and collaboration, I am confident an education in medicine will allow me to achieve my long-term career goals of improving patient care and health literacy. I long to join a medical community that will persevere in moments of uncertainty for the betterment of healthcare. 

With gratitude,


A Medical Carol

With quick strides, we escaped the winter wind and shuffled our way into the busy hospital. Destined to warm up, my mother and I climbed the three flights of stairs and entered a packed ICU. Filled with groans, moans, and flustered workers, this is where my mother would clock in, and I, out for the night. Attending school near the hospital, the ICU break room’s couch became a second bed. While my mother cared for patients, this is where I would lay down for rest. Riding waves of drowsiness, I scratched my eyes and yawned deeply. Drifting into a dream, I heard a gentle, “hello.”  A young man, looking eerily similar to myself, approached me. My eyes immediately darted from his tightly fit white coat and towards his “Dr. Andy” name tag. “I am your youthful intentions for pursuing medicine,” Dr. Andy said with pride. Before I could ask what he meant, his calloused hand extended out to greet mine. Placing my hand into his, the scenery changed to reflect the hospital’s basement rehabilitation gym. “Your years of working out in this gym will prime your interest in the body,” he said, eyes enamored as he scanned the rows of machines, “so here, marks the beginning of your path to medical school.” Standing next to Dr. Andy, the overlap of fitness and my path to medical school became apparent: countless exercise repetitions symbolizing long nights of studying throughout busy semesters and muscle burning, necessary for growth; comparable to seeing life struggles as learning opportunities. 

Abrupting the flow of transformative life lessons came another, firmer, “hello.” An older, more composed doctor with familiar facial features stood facing me. Wearing a neatly ironed white coat, my eyes scanned for a name tag. “The name is Dr. Drew, but you can call me your evolved intention for becoming a physician.” Seeing Dr. Andy stare at Dr. Drew with respect, my admiration soon followed. “Let’s see how your undergraduate experiences allowed you to explore the components of medicine.” I followed closely as we traveled to the hospital’s emergency department. “Where the weight room calloused you,” Dr. Drew said as workers shuffled between rooms, “the emergency department will soften you.” Some patients holding onto their lives, and others, tears of joy with relief of their symptoms; this is where I would see the grappling of life and death played out in so many people. With a snap of his fingers, dozens of computers and 3D printers filled my view. “In this laboratory, you will work to help more than one patient at a time.” Before I could respond, his fingers snapped to bring us into a jam-packed lecture hall. “And this,” Dr. Drew announced one last time, “is where you ultimately finalize your decision on a career path.” Seeing how it all pieced together, I noticed the projector flash on; a highlight reel of my undergraduate experience began to play. As Dr. Andy and Dr. Drew both watched, mesmerized, my experiences as a medical scribe, biomechanical researcher, and teaching assistant flashed before our eyes.

As the reel came to an end, one final doctor appeared. Tie tucked below a worn white coat, the doctor’s attire radiated professionalism, and his eyes – experience. “Hello, Andrew,” I heard, my eyes too distracted by his greying hair to look for a name tag. “My name is Dr. Andrew, and I represent your future self as -” I joined him to say, “a physician.” He smiled, proud of the other two for helping me understand thus far. With so much to show and only limited time left in my mother’s night shift, Dr. Andrew began my final lesson. Taking me back to the ICU breakroom, he stated: “With innovative technology and scientific discovery, in the coming decade, the field of medicine will grow, and with that, the role of physician will adapt.” Enthralled by his words, yet perplexed as to how exactly I was involved, I asked for more insight from Dr. Andrew. Looking at me, then at the other two, he said, “That, Andrew,” pausing long enough to gain my full focus, “is for you to decide.”

Suddenly, I was brought back to the warm ICU break room as my mother slammed open the door, scrubs stained with sweat, looking ready to go home and get some much-needed rest. Walking back out into the bitter winter frost, my racing thoughts kept me warm – oscillating between fitness, the intricacies of medicine, and the exciting future of the medical field.

Personal Statement

Mind, Body, Spirit

We all have a mind capable of limitless amounts of knowledge and understanding, a body to carry out the mind’s deepest desires, and a spirit determining the direction of action. In order to achieve a harmonious relationship between all three, one must work on each one individually. I have been intentional in my efforts to align my values, strivings, and goals insight with that which will improve my capability of being an excellent physician while helping my fellow man’s ability to flourish.

Having a healthy mind is broad and often unique to each individual. For me, regular exercise of the brain is a great starting point. Beginning as an undergraduate, I have used various coding languages, such as python and HTML, to build simple ideas into impactful services. Throughout MCAT studying, the transition to online learning, and interview preparation, I have built free, online applications to help students across the nation. With each project, I applied new skills while staying true to my core values of altruism and beneficence. Another aspect of maintaining a healthy mind is being willing to step out of one’s comfort zone and learning from mistakes. Growing up with a family of medical professionals, I would ask “are you ever hesitant to step into acute care situations?” Hearing the answer, “Yes, but through training and repeated exposure, the discomfort begins to fade away, and, over time, those cases excite me the most!” I knew this was applicable to more than just healthcare. Reminiscing on feelings of anxiety drifting away as the starting pistol marked the start of my cross country races, I realized how my own resistance was the only obstacle blocking me from personal growth. Now, I see challenges as a learning experience and I continuously try to push my boundaries a little further.

Having a healthy body involves being free of illness and disease with no recurrent pain. My years of personal training have shown me the transformative power of taking proper care of one’s body. Improving one’s physical health influences all other aspects of human functioning. Unfortunately, there are times where a healthy diet, good nutrition, and regular exercise are simply not enough to ward off ailments. Because of this, I want to be there for patients who need extra help getting better; whether it be through surgical operations, proper diagnoses, and/or musculoskeletal manipulation. 

My work towards developing a healthy spirit emerged during my Freshman year when I received the news stating my father suffered a stress-induced heart attack. As part of his treatment, I pledged to be by his side as, together, we learned about typical behavioral responses to stress, ways of managing stress, and coping mechanisms. These have been revolutionary in both of our lives, equipping us with the ability to stay calm and rational, both in short- and long-term scenarios. Doctors often have to make difficult decisions, deliver horrific news, and see death on a daily basis. As time goes by, these stress-management skills will be used on a more frequent and extensive basis. The next aspect of a healthy spirit involves being comfortable with one’s mind and body and recognizing that, together, they are part of something much bigger than themselves. This takes form in many religious contexts, however in my eyes as a future medical practitioner, I see it as being part of the interconnected web of healthcare professionals. Every member must understand their role, be aware of their own thoughts and feelings, and communicate with others in a clear and concise way. This was made clear to me during my time as a medical scribe. The emergency department physicians were not only dependent on other specialists throughout the hospital, but on their supporting nurses, technicians, and transportation workers. The patient’s care is possible thanks to each and every one of these workers fulfilling their role. Finally, a healthy spirit requires love, both of oneself and others. I felt filled with love every week throughout my years of volunteering with my region’s Special Olympics. Seeing the athlete’s eyes light up with joy allowed me to recognize the profound sense of compassion that I have for all beings, both in a hospital setting and out.

To summarize, I want to attend a medical school that emits a sense of community; full of faculty that inspires the pursuit of knowledge and collaboration. I hope to be surrounded by fellow medical students who follow their hearts and motivate others for the sake of collective improvement. I want to be in a supportive, yet competitive environment that pushes the boundaries of comfort in exchange for profound discovery. Ultimately, I want to become the best doctor that I can be through a medical education at your school.

Describe myself using three words or quotes

In order to describe myself using three phrases, I must first break down my self-view. I categorize myself through an inner and outer description along with lessons that I have learned through my life experiences.

Through this frame of reference, I describe my inner-self with “change my thoughts, and I change my behaviors.” This description has changed my perspective on life by opening me up to the belief that the origin of my action is rooted in my thought patterns. I may expand on this by inferring that my behaviors are guided by my feelings. My feelings are influenced by my attitudes, which are created by my beliefs. Finally, my beliefs are directed entirely by my internal programming. With this, I know that in order to align my behaviors to match my goals, I must look upstream and tackle issues associated with my internal programming, also known as my subconscious mind. Applied to the context of working to become a doctor, I had to first reprogram my mind to love the process of learning. Instead of seeing my education as a tedious path to the finish line, I began to see the journey and destination as being equally enjoyable. Upon this realization, I began to develop a passion for every course I took, every lecture I attended, and every project assigned to me. With a long road of schooling ahead, I wanted to make sure that I was finding internal satisfaction with learning before I fully committed myself to become a doctor. 

With a healthy inner world comes a strong outer world, which is why my outer description is “my body is a temple.” This phrase best describes me because, over the years, I have learned to take meticulous care of my body. After spending my latter years in High School purposefully fluctuating weight on a scale of fifty to seventy-five pounds, I began to develop unintended health complications. Since then, my focus has shifted towards building a foundation set for longevity.  I have seen the effects that a lack of personal upkeep can have on one’s body and mind over time and, with that, I will always make time for physical exercise. If my body is a temple, then I have experimented with various construction materials over the years. Examples include cross-country aerobic exercise, weight lifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, and yoga. Following my own complications, taking care of my body has turned to be my form of self-medication. 

If so much of our lives are built on past experiences, then in order to gain a better understanding of who I am, I will share the lessons that I have learned in my past. A recent realization of mine is that “my reality is revealed through polarity.” I like this phrase because, with almost too many examples to list, it is hard to see a remarkably positive or negative past experience without an associated equal and polar opposite counterpart. Reflecting on my time in college, my most traumatic and life-altering event was when my Father experienced a heart attack. At the time, this was clearly an incredibly negative experience. However, now, I cannot associate his heart attack without the ensuing positive changes in each of my family member’s lives. For my Father, he became a more light-hearted person with a hopeful outlook on life. This was brand new for him and the effects now melt onto everyone he interacts with. For the first time in my own life, I was able to convert my in-class lessons on anatomy, physiology, and medicine into a real, applicable example with which I have a strong emotional connection to. I was mentally taken back to all of my medical scribing experiences that I could now emotionally relate to, specifically when patient family members watched their loved one’s health sharply decline before their eyes. This emotional connecting point is what felt like the last reason I needed to dedicate myself to medicine. While I could never wish a heart attack or any negative health event into anyone’s life, I truly am thankful for my Father’s experience being a direct motivator for me to pursue the path to becoming a doctor.

Describe a leadership experience

I was hired by the Emeritas Research Group with the intention of bringing this struggling company back from the dead and into the profitable territory they were once in. For background, the Emeritas Research Group is the clinical research department associated with the gastroenterology practice that originally hired me. In this practice, patient visits are conducted and various procedures operate around the clock. My role as the clinical research coordinator was to boost clinical research involvement, both with patient recruitment and physician participation, and take on more clinical studies all while simultaneously being trained as a medical assistant and procedural technician. In my first week, I had a meeting with the lead physician who gave me a few quotas as benchmark goals to strive for, but seeing the look of desperation in his eyes was enough to motivate me to go above and beyond my assigned role.

Following that meeting, the proceeding actions were taken in chronological order. First, I analyzed the interpersonal relationships of the existing coworkers in order to understand everyone’s leadership qualities, roles, strengths, and weaknesses in order to mold myself into where I best fit. From there, I gained an understanding of what was working, what has worked in the past under different management, and what worked across the nation for other clinical research coordinators. This step allowed me to create many different possible plans of action. After gaining insight from existing member’s points of view, we were able to throw out some ideas and expand on others. We picked a few plans that seemed to work well, tried them, scrapped the ones that seemed efficient on paper but were inefficient in practice, retried, and repeated. Working on the patient side as a medical assistant and the procedure side as a technician, I was able to gain a helpful outside-looking-in perspective which smoothed down several bumps in the road. From there, I continuously rechecked the process and stress-tested all working parts to optimize efficiency. Finally, to save time and effort on future new hires, I detailed my whole thought process and actions taken in an easy-to-understand guide. The finalized plans required collaboration with patients, receptionists, medical assistants, nurses, doctors, and clinical research associates.

The current outcome, weeks after this plan has been in place, is patient recruitment raising up 1000% in some studies, the addition of three new clinical studies (from eight to now eleven total studies), and an overall better flow and communication between staff members and departments. I have learned how easy it is to become overwhelmed in chaotic, stressful situations. In those times of indecision, it is important to act boldly, for if no action is taken, then indecision will blend with doubt and crystallize into fear. In past positions, I have been slow to introduce myself to others and learned the position from passive observation. Now, I understand the importance of actively learning new knowledge and skills by asking the right questions, finding who has the answers, and becoming familiar with every worker involved in the flow of patient care.  I have also gained a much-cleared idea of how clinical studies develop from the “bench to bedside.” Coordinating with pharmaceutical companies and individual patients brought with it a newfound appreciation for the dedication that many people have to bring better health to others. 

With a broader stroke, I have learned about various leadership qualities that were not made known to me as a student. First, as a successful leader, I needed unwavering courage based on knowledge of myself and my role in the company. I needed definiteness of plan and action, meaning I had to be sure in myself and the plan that I set forth. I learned to get into the habit of doing more than I was paid for, as well as the importance of assuming responsibility for the mistakes and shortcomings of my coworkers. Last but most importantly, this leadership position taught me how to apply the principle of cooperative effort since it was clear that I could not accomplish my goals alone. Together, these lessons proved to be vital when developing a multi-company-wide plan where every employee had to understand and follow through with their role for success.

Explain a past culturally diverse experience

My most eye-opening cultural experience came soon after meeting my freshman year roommate; a randomly assigned Taiwanese foreign exchange student. Before my roommate began fully unpacking his belongings, he brought out an instrument shaped like a short guitar and began showing it off to me. “It was a gift from my parents for getting accepted into Virginia Tech’s engineering program,” he said with a gleeful appreciation for his hard work. After watching my roommate passionately play the instrument, which I later found is named a pipa, I began to realize just how powerful music and creativity can be for connecting cultures. After my year-long experience with this roommate, I continued expanding my cultural horizons with the intention of learning about the deep-rooted histories of various cultures. First, I sought this through music and individual instrumentation in the Iranian Society. As the only non-Farsi native speaker of the organization, I wanted to connect with the members through non-vocal methods; ushering myself to learn their coveted santur instrument. While there was a bit of a learning curve at first, I really enjoyed having a communal sense of adoration for the instrument’s beautiful sounds and delicate play style. Next, I met two graduate students from the Congo and West Africa who shared their love of the conga and djembe, respectively. These variants of drums produced unique sounds that the three of us have since listened to for years. 

I share these stories not because I strive to meet new people and learn about their musical instruments, but because of the cultural and personal backstories that I learn in the process. Hearing about my Taiwanese roommate coming to America to avoid mainland Chinese threats, the Iranians growing up in war-stricken areas, and the Africans coming from financial and nutritional poverty, I have developed an emotional connection to these people; their culture,  families, and histories. Using music as the base connecting point, one constant between all of the cultures that I have been introduced to has been their drive to immigrate to America. Growing up in suburban Northern Virginia and having hardly ever left the east coast my entire life, I never realized just how blessed I am for not having to face similar obstacles in my own life. I have since begun to unintentionally see other humans as family members, inspiring a deeply rooted drive to help one another through selfless action. Understanding the pain, struggle, and sacrifice that these immigrant individuals and families made for a better life is formidable and uplifts me to work towards helping others going down a similar path. 

These experiences, combined with my understanding of developmental psychology, have led me to be slow to judge others and have encouraged me to work for the greater good of all life here on Earth. I have a self-established obligation to help coming generations, regardless of cultural origin, be able to thrive in a society where their survival is not continuously threatened.  I recognize that I am in a position where I can make a significant impact if I fuel my decision-making with love and I start small while scaling up as I expand my knowledge base over time. With passions in medicine, engineering, technology, and education, I will continue to learn, try, adjust, and try again as I develop goods and services that facilitate the success of others with their respective goals. 

Cross-cultural communication in medicine is unavoidable. The excellent doctors that I have seen go above and beyond their patient’s needs have always emphasized openness, acceptance, and a lack of judgment, regardless of cultural differences. A beautiful aspect of healthcare is the absence of any race, culture, or ethnicity that is safe from demise for long enough to never need to see a doctor. As a healthcare worker and future medical professional, I act from the depths of my heart, regardless of skin color or birthplace origin, to ensure the utmost delivery of care for all.

Describe my most meaningful volunteer experience

My most meaningful volunteer experience has been the creation of my passion projects: MCAT Daily Prep, Interview Daily Prep, and Class-to-Calendar. Voluntarily creating all three projects felt to be the obvious action to take in creating the future that I want to be a part of. As part of the Virginia Tech community and inspired by Ut Prosim, I wanted the project’s success to be attributed in equal amounts to Virginia Tech. For this reason, I have collaborated with individuals of Virginia Tech’s patent office, students and faculty in the computer science and neuroscience departments, Apex center for entrepreneurs, and countless Virginia Tech Alumni in order to create the most effective services of which I am capable. Expanding my network to incorporate people of all backgrounds is a skill that spawned from these projects and will, most certainly, be taken with me to my future medical school and beyond.

MCAT Daily Prep’s positive impact includes being able to facilitate successful MCAT studying through daily questions and explanations, online study sets, and community building. I created thousands of online flashcards that I wanted others to put to use, so I developed a space where users may answer daily questions and discuss outcomes. Molding student education based on individualized needs is an interest of mine that has grown since creating this service. Interview Daily Prep’s positive impact has been increasing one’s ability to feel comfortable in an interview and allowing users to practice expanding on ideas in a clear, methodically tracked way. Class-to-Calendar optimizes efficiency for students and parents of young children from elementary school to graduate school and beyond. This is done by converting student’s class, assignment, and meeting information all onto shareable Google Calendars. All of these projects have been built in stride with COVID-19 restrictions and lifestyle changes. Seeing these drastic life alterations through an optimistic lens has motivated me to help others adapt in any way possible.

I view this volunteer experience as a stepping stone down the path of creating more valuable projects in the future. Seeing the positive impact I was able to have inspired me to never stop working to help others in unique ways. Becoming a physician will strengthen my skill set, knowledge, insight, energy, and motivation in giving back to society.  I have already noticed these changes on a smaller scale throughout my pre-medical undergraduate years and I have no plans on stopping now. I like to take Newton’s third law and add a personal twist, in the sense that the more value I give, the more value is given back to me. For this reason, my ideal life includes healing sick patients as a Doctor and voluntarily creating beneficial passion projects to reach a larger audience. 

The reason why I do not spend my sole focus on developing more projects is that none of the three previously mentioned would have seen the light of day if it were not for my undergraduate education. I want the field of medicine to be an integral part of where I focus my attention moving forward. I love the challenge, mystery, and unique applications of medicine in regard to the human condition. For these reasons, I will happily continue to voluntarily create projects with no aim on monetary return.

My intention with all three passion projects has been to facilitate the success of the user in ways that were not previously offered. These projects have been important to me because they serve as my first attempts at receiving an idea and promptly acting to bring it to fruition. After being in school for my entire life, it felt refreshing to pursue my projects with the goal of reaching an audience outside of my own classroom. I felt drawn to provide easily accessible, payment-free services to a niche group and expand out as I grew more comfortable. Doing so has instilled a new way of thinking in me, one based on looking for ways of improving our world, embracing the challenge and struggle, and sticking with it to see people’s lives improve in the end.

Explain a passion of mine

From a young age, it has been clear to me that my passion lies in fitness. Aside from the physical transformation of my body, the lesser obvious and more significant influence that fitness has had on me is its transformation on my mind. Whether it be stress relief or endorphin release, my body and brain are exercised an equal amount with each workout. With each grueling repetition of any exercise, I can slow down time by reminiscing on long nights of studying, tough semesters with a busy schedule, and even my entire pre-medical school path thus far. Every muscle contraction signifies my ability to push through difficult life events while enjoying the process. Feeling the built-up lactic acid produce a burning sensation has taught me to see life’s struggles as opportunities for growth. 

On a different note, working out is also my time for creative expression. Throughout my near-decade of exercise, I have rarely ever repeated the same workout twice. Whether it be changing repetition numbers, sets, exercises, routine order, contraction time, or rest time, I always enjoy walking into the gym and being spontaneous with my workouts based on how I feel each day. Not only does having such variety result in improved muscle conditioning, but I also end up feeling an eager excitement for each workout every day. In a field of objective truths where the scientific method is the path to unleash one’s creativity, I am thankful for my main hobby coincidentally being my creative outlet.

The feeling that I have following each workout has been so self-satisfying that I have thus felt drawn to ensure that others can feel this same way. I created a personal training business that, since its inception, has helped train hundreds of people across the world. In every client’s eyes, I see a past version of myself. Watching these everyday people transform out of their unhealthy habits and become rejuvenated with more youthfulness has been awe-inspiring. In a way, I can relate to how I imagine a physician would feel after seeing their patient spring back to life after administration of proper medication or post-operation. 

For a time, I considered pursuing personal training as a career. However, becoming a physician is my primary objective.  I intend to keep personal training as a hobby and as part of an overall regimen for good health. With that in mind, I do not hesitate to extract lessons from fitness and use them for my medical path. First, having worked in several roles across different clinical settings, one constant throughout is the importance of being an effective teacher in medicine. Whether it be informing patients on information regarding their condition, instructing coworkers on how to complete their task, or even proving to oneself that a topic is truly understood, teaching is an inevitable aspect of healthcare. Luckily for me, it is near impossible to get a novice weight-lifter to understand proper weight-lifting techniques in order to avoid serious injuries without any form of teaching. Throughout my years of personal training, I have been able to mold my teaching style around my strengths and preferred communication style. I found if I can give a general overview with words, followed by an instructional explanation with a visual demonstration, my clients were quick to understand and recreate. Furthermore, it is naïve to imagine medical school and the path to become a doctor as a stress-free road ahead. The importance of having a time and hobby dedicated to stress relief will become more pronounced with my years of training. 

Just as I found love in the exercise of my body, in the same vain I have found a love for the exercise of my mind. Understanding a topic and applying it in a real scenario, to me, unleashes a similar feeling of accomplishment as hitting a new personal best in weight-lifting. I have had plenty of time to create a solid foundation for my mind and body to grow, and I look forward to seeing how medical school will catalyze more personal growth.

Tell us specifically why you want to become a health professional

Why Healthcare?

I am on the path to becoming a health professional. However, in the coming decade, I expect the typically known role of “doctor” to adapt to technological advancement. I know that change is coming, so I am preparing for change by learning about the field that I will work to make a change in. I choose to pursue healthcare because of the combination of research, clinical work, & teaching. I hope to shift medicine from reactive to proactive, focusing on preventative medicine. I am on the path to becoming a health professional. However, in the coming decade, I expect the typically known role of “doctor” to adapt to technological advancement. I know that change is coming, so I am preparing for change by learning about the field that I will work to make a change in. I choose to pursue healthcare because of the combination of research, clinical work, & teaching. I hope to shift medicine from reactive to proactive, focusing on preventative medicine.

Describe how COVID-19 has impacted you in your undergraduate program and in preparation for medical school

COVID-19 Impact

I am deeply grateful to say that my family has remained healthy, both physically and financially, throughout the pandemic. I know that many others cannot say the same, so for this reason, I do not take any part of my life for granted. In terms of academics, I took online learning in stride by being able to prioritize my MCAT studying in the spring and personal projects in the fall while maintaining my highest GPA of college. I created a virtual mutual aid for struggling families connected to the New River Valley Special Olympics. I voluntarily offered body weight workout programs for members of my apartment community after our gym closed. I shared virtual shadowing opportunities with classmates who struggled to gain clinical experience.

Community service / volunteer activities

Community service & Volunteer

Aside from my freelance personal training, I have spent years volunteering as a weekly bowler and office volunteer for Special Olympics. I have put time, effort, and money into not-for-profit services, like MCAT Daily Prep and my Diseases of the Nervous System Pocketbook. I have spent a semester as a class note-taker for an upper-level neuroscience course. I created a local virtual mutual aid network amidst the pandemic. I am currently voluntarily working on a self-interview practice tool.

List any clinical opportunities you have had and include the total number of hours

Clinical Work

I worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department for approximately one thousand hours. I have shadowed physicians in-person for thirty hours. The specialties include intensivist, anesthesiologist, and gastroenterologist. I have shadowed physicians virtually for five hours. These specialists included an orthopedic surgery resident, anesthesiologist, and pediatrician. I gained insight into how many different specialists operate as a connected team in both hospital and private settings.

List your leadership experiences


My first experience as a leader came from working as a subcontractor. In college, I was a teaching assistant for four semesters worth of classes. In my fraternity, I was flown out to Dallas, Texas as the nomination for a leadership convention. Outside of classes, I signed up for the Virginia Tech program Lead for Good where I built an individualized medicine web service. As a volunteer, I worked independently before drafting a team of assistants for my mechanical engineering research project.

Most meaningful or transformative non-patient experiences during my preparation for medical school

Transformative Non-patient Experience

My time at Virginia Tech was the most transformative experience of my life. I developed lifelong memories, friendships, and habits of mind through all of the trials and tribulations that I faced. Over the years, I found healthy methods of handling stress, both for short- and long-term situations. I learned the importance of surrounding myself with supportive peers, regardless of cultural association. I was humbled in more ways than I can count, academically, mentally, and physically. Being able to fail time and time again, but refusing to surrender, has inspired me to become a lifelong learner and pursue medical school. I now approach challenges with cautious optimism; unafraid to win or lose so long as I learn from my experiences.

What makes me a unique candidate for medical school?

Unique Med School Candidate

I am a unique candidate because I am selfless in my educational experience. I have voluntarily led projects that have helped thousands of students prepare for the MCAT and their individual classes, all while setting up volunteer opportunities for my classmates. I strive for the collective success of my fellow man inside the classroom and out. I am continually working on innovative ways to improve the medical education and healthcare system for myself, my peers, and my future patients.

List work and research experience (paid and unpaid)

Work & Research

My clinical work began with medically scribing and led me to become a clinical research coordinator during my gap year. These were in both hospital & private practice settings. My research was with the mechanical engineering department working on vocal fold prosthetics. I work as a personal trainer both paid and volunteer. Non-medically related work experience includes subcontracting, sports training, and experience in the retail industry. These all taught me skills that translate to medicine.

List your hobbies, interests, and extracurriculars that are outside of the health professions

Hobbies, Interests, & EC’s

Hobbies around my physical health include weightlifting, gymnastics, and yoga. My hobbies for mental health include listening to podcasts covering a range of topics from philosophy to quantum computing. Hobbies involving my spiritual health include meditation, particularly mindfulness and transcendental meditation. Depending on my location, my rest days would include exploring nature and riding my bike, or simply basking in the sun by the beach. If possible, I will try to spend time with animals.

One of the most memorable or impactful patient experiences I have had thus far

Memorable Patient Experience

I had the opportunity to shadow my Mother’s Intensivist co-worker for a full night shift. After being blown away by the complexity of equipment stationed over patients in the packed ICU, the provider and I made our way down to the quiet emergency department to counsel a young woman. This particular patient had the most severe case of jaundice that I have ever witnessed. I watched tears slide down this woman’s canary yellow skin as she was told that she needed to have a liver transplant if she wishes to live longer than a few months. This case showed me the stark reality that follows a lifestyle that does not favor one’s health. Before I could fully comprehend what I just witnessed, we both rushed to the next case to continue the night.

Service Orientation
  1. I take into account client preferences, goals, and commitment levels before creating personalized workout routines and nutrition guides.
  2. My classmates struggled with some assignments and Zoom presentations, so I converted the class textbook into an online, easily accessible pocketbook.
  3. For my teaching assistant positions, I adjusted my teaching techniques for students based on their learning preferences and educational progress.
  4. Volunteered to create class notes for a course’s accommodations based on the needs of classmates who use services for students with disabilities. 
  5. Voluntarily created supplemental MCAT-related flashcards, study schedules, and web services used by thousands of students across the nation.
  6. Trained a class of tenth graders in India for free who wished to follow my fitness advice in conjunction with their school’s physical education class.
  1. Drafted a team of Virginia Tech undergraduate researchers to work with based on strengths, weaknesses, and communication styles.
  2. Completed Virginia Tech’s five-week Lead for Good; worked on a shared goal with a team of four students of varying backgrounds, cultures, and age.
  3. I personally train and educate clients in groups of two to ten on proper workout form and technique tailored to individualized client goals and needs.
  4. Multi-year team captain for high school cross country; led team workouts, boosted morale for weekly races, and hosted team pre-race dinners.
  5. Played for and won football and basketball championships under multiple coaching staffs with different teammates, play styles, and positions played.
  6. As a subcontractor, I organized teams, ordered supplies, and outlined progress models for the overall improvement of the contractor’s company.
Resilience and Adaptability
  1. Recognized where my community was most affected by COVID-19, analyzed my skill set, and then created free services to improve other’s lives.
  2. Recognize healthcare’s changing environment due to technological advancement and worked to develop new tools for colonoscopies and emergency medicine.
  3. Never missed a single shift, day or night, as a medical scribe despite taking a full class load, filled extracirriculars, and concurrent research.
  4. Never missed a weekly bowling session with the local Special Olympics despite schedule changes, job acquisition, and other life obligations.
  5. Refused to feel held down by my freshman year GPA and proceeded to improve my semesterly GPA for each semester since.
  6. Despite severe familial health setbacks, I completed my highest amount of credits in a semester and took on new extracuricullar responsibilities.
Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others​
  1. Earned a certificate and never broke HIPAA while working as a medical scribe, medical assistant, or shadowing physicians.
  2. As a teaching assistant, I learned how to guide students to come up with answers themselves rather than simply giving answers to them.
  3. Researched chemical supplies that my research team used in order to create and mandate a laboratory safety guide.
  4. Fellow group members wanted to fudge data in order to support our lab class experimental hypothesis, I firmly disagreed and didn’t allow it to happen
  5. Sophomore year, I transformed a class’s final project into a local food drive for malnourished and unwell community members.
  6. I served as my fraternity’s Scholarship chair in order to help the younger, academically struggling members since I was once in that position.
Cultural Competence
  1. Maintained membership with the Persian club. I attended cultural events, learned parts of the Fārsī language, and practiced traditional percussion.
  2. Recognized America’s growing diversification; enrolled and finished Univ. of West Florida Innovation Institute’s 5 week cultural competency course.
  3. Developed projects with, and learned more about individuals from around the World, specifically Pakistan, Morocco, Italy, and Columbia. 
  4. Cofounded the Calisthenics club with students from Dubai and Iran due to a shared passion for body weight training and coaching.
  5. Attended a fraternal leadership convention focused on addressing bias and ways to appropriately acknowledge, accept, and respect other cultures.
  6. Taught youth sports where I learned how to communicate through language barriers to students of varying ages, knowledge, and experience levels.


Spanish > Completed Spanish classes throughout High School and have since used the language frequently.
Spanish Speaking Medical terminology
HTML > Experience working with code and creating a website from scratch.
Coding HTML Web development
Python > Completed a semester's worth of online courses teaching the basics of Python.
Coding Python Programming
Computer Skills
Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint > Have been working with Microsoft applications on a near-daily basis throughout High School and College.
Excel Word Powerpoint
HIPAA Compliance > The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for sensitive patient data protection. The goal of HIPAA is to keep protected health information secure and private.
Security Compliance Privacy
NIDA Clinical Trials Network: Good Clinical Practice > Good Clinical Practice online training was developed to prepare study staff responsible for the conduct of trials with human participants from protocol development through study closeout.
Clinical study coordination Drug abuse safety Research
Mayo Clinic Transporting Dangerous Goods Training > I can now describe the regulations imposed on most laboratories and the importance of following them, classify infectious substances for transport, demonstrate the procedures for legally and safely shipping various infectious specimens, and integrate dangerous goods procedures into a laboratory.
Laboratory safety Infectious substances Dangerous goods
CITI Good Clinical Practice Course >
CITI Clinical Research Ethics
CITI Conflicts of Interest >
CITI Clinical Research Ethics
CITI Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) for Researchers >
CITI Clinical Research Ethics
Responsible Conduct of Research - Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research >
CITI Clinical Research Ethics


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