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Pre-Health Career Enrichment Program

Hear From Previous Students
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Alyssa Rublacava

Cohort 1

“I am grateful for the mentorship and supportive network I have received from the Pre-Health Enrichment Program! I gained valuable firsthand experience to refine my clinical skills, support my community with healthcare resources at local outreach events, and gain valuable insight into various medical professions. This program has allowed me to further solidify my commitment to a career in nursing, and leave an empowering and long-lasting impact on my academic journey!”

Kimberly Valadez

Cohort 1

“I’d like to share a little bit about the great impact that this program had on my healthcare journey because through it, I got all the opportunities that I hoped to encounter. From leadership skills, to mock interviews, to shadowing hours, training, clinical skills, leadership skills, OSCE exam preparation, student panels, and more. All the help I received from everyone, who works together to make this program impactful, truly gave me affirmation and inspiration for the rest of my journey.”

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Isabella Lopez

Cohort 1

“Being in the Pre-Health Enrichment Program provided me with amazing experiences and opportunities. As the first person in my family to pursue a career in medicine, Vida Mobile Clinic provided me with guidance to achieving my futrue goals. This program helped me develop more confidence in becoming a future medical provider. I am grateful for this unique experience and recommend it to all pre-health students!

Dain Dayo

Cohort 3

"It can be difficult trying to pursue a career without having someone guide you on your path and the PHCEP was that guide for me. They have helped me take a giant leap forward in pursuing my aspiration to become a physician by supporting me with leadership, clinical, and professional skills. More importantly, they have shown me a true altruistic approach to helping a community that needs them, both as the PHCEP and through VIDA. I am in debt as its teachings will follow me through my journey through healthcare indefinitely!"

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Ariel Bloch

Cohort 2

"My time in the Pre-Health Program was pivotal to my journey into nursing, and made an impact when applying (and getting admitted!) to schools. Vida's Pre-Health Program provided lasting memories and guidance for years to come. The network of people that work with Vida are incredibly supportive to each and every person on their path to working in healthcare. From application prep, leadership seminars, community service and more, the Pre-Health Program really prepared us to become thoughtful and thorough providers. I can't say enough good things about this program, and the Vida community as a whole!"

Andrew Barrera

Cohort 4

"Vida opened my eyes to what it means to be a health provider and what to look for when applying to graduate school. Not only did this program show me how to apply to become a strong applicant, but it also instilled in me special leadership skills and gave me invaluable clinical skills that I will use in my future healthcare endeavors. Before I entered this program I had a lot of self-doubt and uncertainty about my career path, but the amazing staff and clinical events that we participated in fueled a fire in me to become a public servant and help my local communities in Los Angeles as a prospective Physician Assistant. This program taught me how to chase excellence and to play my part in helping the underserved and underrepresented. I am very blessed to have been apart of this program. Vida will become a big name in Los Angeles very soon!"

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Lyan Ly

Cohort 1

"This program gave me the opportunity to surround myself with such inspiring and compassionate mentors and advisors. Everyone on the Vida team made my experience so welcoming and empowering. We had skills workshops, application work shops, heard from admissions staff of different schools, and participated in a leadership series. Navigating a career as a first generation pre-health student is a daunting journey, but the pre-health program helped me feel capable and gain guidance that i wouldn't have otherwise."

Alexis Baltierrez

Cohort 4

"As an applicant for PA school, the pre-health enrichment program helped me become a more confident and well-rounded applicant due to the guidance and mentorship I received from everyone in the program. Because of the various presentations, mock interviews, and application workshops, I was able to strengthen my application and better prepare for future interviews. In addition, Dr. Caldwell’s discussions and lectures improved my leadership and communication skills, while also making me more self-aware and empathetic to the struggles of others. Being part of the first cohort has undoubtedly prepared me for my future career in healthcare and I am extremely grateful to everybody involved in this unique program. "

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Alina De Castro

Cohort 4

"Words cannot describe the impact my experience with Vida has had on me. Over the past 8 weeks, I have learned so much, not only about the healthcare field, but about myself and my leadership capabilities. This program gave me the confidence, resources, and skills I need to be successful on my pre-health journey. The main reason I joined the program was for mentorship and networking with other pre-health students, and I am honored to say that I have gained all that and more. The mentors I have found through Vida have taught me so much with so little time, and I am constantly amazed by their wisdom and insight. I hope to implement all the clinical skills I have learned at Vida, as well as implement qualities that I observed while shadowing Vida providers, like compassion, humility, and selflessness. Serving disadvantaged populations has always been important to me, but witnessing the true impact of giving back to the community at the mobile clinic and health fairs further strengthened my desire to serve disadvantaged populations as a healthcare provider. I will forever be grateful for my time at Vida!"

Hernan Hernadez

Cohort 1

"As an applicant for PA school, the pre-health enrichment program helped me become a more confident and well-rounded applicant due to the guidance and mentorship I received from everyone in the program. Because of the various presentations, mock interviews, and application workshops, I was able to strengthen my application and better prepare for future interviews. In addition, Dr. Caldwell’s discussions and lectures improved my leadership and communication skills, while also making me more self-aware and empathetic to the struggles of others. Being part of the first cohort has undoubtedly prepared me for my future career in healthcare and I am extremely grateful to everybody involved in this unique program."

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