My name is Elio Lopez, a current medical student. Approximately, every month I will take you behind the scenes on what it means to be underrepresented minority (URM) and in medicine! Each column entry will explore various themes of being URM and preparing to get into medical school, applying to medical school, and what to expect when you are in. The column will also intersect various experiences to highlight the main point of the week!
First up, let’s meet Oscar Monterrosa.
Oscar Monterrosa – Heroic Medicine
Exactly two years ago today, on October 1st, 2017, Oscar Monterrosa was scheduled as the paramedic on shift for the music festival to take place on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. What was expected to be an evening of just helping people with routine first aid turned into the worst mass shooting that the United States had seen. Oscar was able to call upon his experiences as a combat medic during his time in the U.S. Army. Oscar is a Latino Veteran. His father immigrated from El Salvador to give his family a better life that was offered in his home country. Oscar’s story is one of true heroism, perseverance, and most of all – beating the odds as a non-traditional applicant for medical school.
Read the full story HERE