Tina Pham

Expected Graduation year: 2016
Hometown: Duluth, Georgia

Education

Stanford University, Asian American Studies and Biology

Of Note

Dean’s Medical Research Scholar (2013)
Medical College of Georgia Kirby Scholarship (2013)
Stanford Asian American Awards- Undergraduate Community Building Award (2012)
Margarita Ibarra Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Community Building Award (2012)
George M. Fredrickson Award for Excellence in Honors Research, Honorable Mention (2012)

Why did you decide to pursue your M.D.?

I have always had a passion for cross-cultural health and community service. With an academic and extracurricular background in ethnic studies, I came to learn about the health disparities facing different groups of patients, especially the Asian and Vietnamese American communities. I wanted to contribute back to my community first-hand as a culturally competent and bilingual physician so that I can help break down linguistic and cultural health barriers that my community faces.

Why did you choose to attend the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership?

The AU/UGA Medical Partnership offers an engaging curriculum that integrates small group learning and lectures. I always felt like I was a more active learner in discussion groups compared to lectures, so the curriculum offered here was perfect. The location is also very attractive. Having been across the country for four years for college, I really wanted an opportunity to be able to be closer to my family and visit them whenever I could.

What did you think about the transition from undergrad to medical school? Any tips for prospective students?

I think the hardest part of transitioning from undergrad to medical school is finding a good work-life balance. I definitely spent a lot more time studying than I did in college and had to change the way I studied. It took a bit of time to figure out what works and what didn't work, but things were manageable, so don't stress out too much! Studying and excelling in class is important, but don't forget to make time for the little things that make you happy and keep you going!

What is the best part of medical school (so far)?

I think the best part of medical school is being able to see real patients and getting a taste of how life will be after medical school. It's exciting to apply the knowledge that I've learned and try to make a difference in someone's life.