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American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Antigua and Barbuda

Troy Davis

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Troy Davis

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My initial interest in healthcare developed when I was a child. I was always intrigued by TV shows such as Trauma: Life in the E.R. or various programs on the Discovery Health Channel. After losing my father in 2014 to a very preventable disease, I knew it was time for me to embark on my journey to become a physician so I can help other people and prevent them from suffering as my father did.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I'm interested in being a GEMx Student Ambassador because I believe in their initiative to build a global network of medical students and healthcare professionals. Connecting and interacting with other students globally is a great opportunity for me to learn about other cultures and practices in medicine.

Throughout most of my academic career, I have always sought out and taken positions in leadership roles. This stands true for my academic endeavor into medicine as well.

Serving as a Student Ambassador will allow me to further cultivate my leadership skills while also networking and working alongside future doctors across the globe.

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American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine

Lebanon

Hussein Hassan

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Hussein Hassan

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
Medicine has always been a childhood dream, a chance to satisfy knowledge curiosities, and, above all, an opportunity to make peoples' lives better. It is unique, among all other professions, in that it deals with the most precious asset each person owns, his/her health, with all that this means in terms of delicacy, responsibility, and accountability. Thus, medicine offers an opportunity for personal and professional growth, and a sense of accomplishment that no other profession offers.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
GEMx is a great international platform that widens the opportunities available for medical students to do electives abroad and discover the different medical practices outside one's country. Being a GEMx Student Ambassador is an opportunity for me to connect my university, the American University of Beirut, with other universities around the world. Furthermore, this experience will enrich me with communication and leadership skills.

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Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana

India

Amanat Sidhu

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Amanat Sidhu

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I’m a girl of high caliber and always try to give my best. As a student, I have achieved top positions and awards in my primary as well as higher education. My parents are doctors and they are a source of my inspiration too. I want to see myself in the best position in the field of medicine.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
As a GEMx ambassador, I will be able to connect with various environments with a variety of technologies that increase areas of my knowledge and experience too.

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Escola Superior de Ciências da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Vitória Faculdade de Medicina (EMESCAM)

Brazil

Bruno Marcarini

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Bruno Marcarini

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I always wanted to be a scientist, and, at the same time, help people. When I was younger, I thought medicine could be the link between both. Actually, I realized that this professional career can provide me more than I expected; the social interaction, the innovation in personal care and the possibility to disseminate knowledge makes me believe that being a doctor can change not only mine, but others’ lives.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Being a GEMx Student Ambassador represents for me an opportunity to improve my leadership skills and personal development. I think I can help GEMx to eliminate barriers and make more connections around the world, by engaging people to advance their perspectives.

Clara Schneider

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Clara Schneider

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I have always wanted to help people and I also love the science field. So medicine was an attractive option, and now I love what I do, because it is both challenging and extremely rewarding.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Doing an exchange year and working with organizing IFMSA exchanges in my university for over one year made me see all the benefits of international communication and of understanding different views on health care. That is the reason why I am really enthusiastic about internationalized medicine.

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Fundación Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud

Colombia

Mateo Leon Machicado

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Mateo Leon Machicado

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Mateo Leon Machicado. I am a medical student; since I was little my dad taught me the love of this career. Nowadays I am already studying my 3 years of medicine through which I have learned many things about this career. My dad showed me surgery when I was a little boy and from there I decided to be a doctor.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Being an ambassador represents a great challenge to lead this project at my university, through which my goal is to make known all the multiple options that health students have and to promote the GEMx program in my university.

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International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Nor Heidi Izzat Bin Nor Azman

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Nor Heidi Izzat Bin Nor Azman

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
Medicine is a career that I have had in my mind for a very long time. For me, medicine will enable me to fuse my passion for science with my desire to contribute to society in a position of exceptional responsibility. It will provide me with the opportunity to research, investigate, treat diseases and help others achieve a healthy body and mind. Medicine appeals to me as a career of choice because of amazing experiences I had during my hospital attachments, a career that involves the combination of compassion, communication, teamwork, and the quest of knowledge.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
By being a GEMx Student ambassador, I know I can experience enormous enthralling experiences especially with the student ambassador network (SAN) that are not available anywhere else. I want to see the fascinating outside world and broaden my mind and while doing so I will be able to engage with a lot of people, exchanging different ideas from time to time. Finding and learning as much knowledge as I can in the hope that I will be able to bring back all the skills, experiences, and knowledge I have learnt and share them with the society.

Yee Qi Tey

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Yee Qi Tey

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Tey Yee Qi and I am 22 years old. I enjoy travelling. I see it as a real-life education opportunity—meeting people from different cultural backgrounds and all walks of life. I jog and bake in my free time. I choose medicine because I feel that it is a field that allows me to further develop my different traits—the science enthusiast, the compassionate humanitarian, and the life-long learner. I also believe that health care is a basic human right and I aim to help the less fortunate ones to access it.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I look forward to attaining more elective experiences. Also, I would love to attach to hospitals outside Malaysia, preferably in a developed, as well as a developing country. That way, I would be able to compare and contrast the differences in health care systems, and identify the pros and cons of the current Malaysian health care system. Furthermore, I am keen to meet health care professionals from all over the world—to exchange ideas and experiences, to build long-lasting connections. I am also very eager to share details about my beloved country and university with the rest of the medical students out there.

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Kampala International University Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Uganda

Asiimwe Isa

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Asiimwe Isa

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I am called Asiimwe Isa, a medical student, pursuing Bachelor of Clinical Medicine and Community Health, at KIU, School of Health Sciences (Uganda). I trace my medical career ambitions to way back in 1994 when my loving father was suffering from PTB, one of the leading causes of infectious disease in Africa, yet preventable. It later claimed his life. I decided to pursue this career to play a pivotal role in changing people’s lives through engagement of individuals, communities, and stakeholders to prevent diseases, promote health, protect susceptible individuals from various causes of morbidity and mortality, and to achieve health for all.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
As a former guild president of KIU, I have a passion to serve students and help many gain access and benefit from this program through reaching out to medical students within and outside my institution and nation. I feel by concerting my efforts with many other Student Ambassadors and stakeholders of GEMx we can achieve the ultimate goal of GEMx—to increase access to international exchange in medicine education and help provide the world's future physicians with the international perspective required to meet health care needs in an increasingly globalized world.

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Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore

India

Ishika Mahajan

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Ishika Mahajan

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
Having been brought up by two doctors, I have borne witness to the beauty of the profession and job satisfaction it brings. I am a people person, and could not think of a better profession that would allow me to help so many people. Biology as a whole always interested me, and being exposed to a lot of medicine from a very young age sparked an interest in my brain. So here I am, a few years later, in med school, ploughing through and still unable to think of a place I'd rather be.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I love people. The more people I can know, the more I can widen my horizons. GEMx SAN facilitates my connection with people all over the world with a wide set of their own ideas and experiences, making it an excellent learning opportunity.

I feel that all students should be given an opportunity to travel and take in how medicine is practiced across the world.

Navin Mallya

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Navin Mallya

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Navin Mallya and I am 21 years old. In my family there are no doctors. When I was small I loved to see doctors saving patients, and the happiness they received after saving a life made me feel I should pursue this career. I was always in awe with science, medicine, and how our body works.

With my support from friends and parents now I am in my third year MBBS thinking I too will be a great doctor who someone can look up to.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
GEMx has become a new platform for students to take part in student exchange programmes. As an ambassador I believe I will get another opportunity to exhibit my leadership qualities. With the experience gained from my previous posts I will put to use my good interpersonal and communication skills to encourage several other students of our college to grab this opportunity. I am honest, hardworking, punctual, reliable, and able to tackle any situation at hand. Lastly, I believe I can meet the expectations needed for this post.

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Kenyatta University School of Medicine, Nairobi

Kenya

Prudence Baliach

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Prudence Baliach

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Prudence Baliach, I am in 4th year pursuing a career in Pharmacy. I decided to do Pharmacy due to my unquenched desire to learn about the complexity of the human body and the effects of drugs.

I also felt the need to help people and use the knowledge acquired to improve the well-being of others. Life is sacred and important and it's necessary to preserve it.

I always feel challenged to learn more and more and expand my knowledge base.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
My very good communication skills and outgoing personality will be of great help in telling my colleagues and friends about the amazing opportunities that GEMx has for them.

Being an ambassador will also help me in building good relationships with the global community of medical practitioners and building networks.

I will also get an opportunity to go for clinical and research electives in other areas and get to interact socially and make friends with people from different backgrounds with different cultures.

Punam Raval

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Punam Raval

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I'm Punam Raval, in my fourth year of medical school at Kenyatta University, Kenya. Why medicine? Growing up, I loved science. I've also always had a strong desire to help those in need and find ways to make people's lives better. Medicine provided the perfect combination of a constantly evolving scientific field as well as an opportunity to one day be able to save lives. Rising above the challenges I've faced, including loss of loved ones to sickness, further cemented my dedication to medicine and my hope to one day be a great and compassionate doctor.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
As a GEMx Student Ambassador, I will be able to attain new global and cultural perspectives by working with other SAN members and medical students from all parts of the world. Sharing the knowledge, experiences and skills gained in the health field with other students is something I look forward to. I will also be able to raise awareness about GEMx and its benefits as well as help other students at my university to find great opportunities for international exchange. Lastly, it will enhance my personal growth in terms of molding me into an all rounded person!

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National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway

Ireland

Jack Dunne

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Jack Dunne

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Jack Dunne and I am medical student at NUI Galway. I choose to study medicine as I viewed it as an exciting career in health care, with many opportunities to blend my interests in science with my desire to help people.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I thought I would enjoy the experience of collaborating with other medical students and health care professionals in delivering and promoting exchanges. I enjoy meeting new people, and I am very interested in foreign cultures. I have a previous experience of an elective abroad, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I am excited to promote these experiences to my fellow students.

Premveer Gill

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Premveer Gill

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Premveer Gill. I am from Vancouver, Canada and study medicine at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland. Growing up I always wanted to find different ways I could help those in my community. As I progressed through school I also gained a passion for health and human biology. Ultimately I decided to merge these two passions and pursue a career in medicine.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I am interested in being a GEMx Student Ambassador as it provides an opportunity to work with medical students from all over the world. Additionally, the program allows me to promote a more international approach to medical education for my home school as well as providing the opportunity to expose the stellar medical education in Ireland to the rest of the world. Collaborating with a diverse group of students with different viewpoints and experiences will have a profound effect on how we all practice medicine in the future.

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Obafemi Awolowo University College of Health Sciences

Nigeria

Akintayo Temitayo

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Akintayo Temitayo

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Akintayo Temitayo, a medical student studying at Obafemi Awolowo University.

I decided to pursue a career in medicine because I see it as a means to attend to pertinent issues in my community, while still leaving room for me to get innovative in my approach.

I have a passion towards enabling people to enjoy a better quality of life and medicine is the best means I have to achieve this.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I am interested in being a GEMx Student Ambassador as it is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people from all over the world.

I appreciate getting new and creative ideas in my interaction with others, and I also like to know what goes on outside the borders of my country as this inspires me and pushes me to become the best of me. I see being a Student Ambassador as a platform that embodies these and still enables me to give back to my community.

Apampa Tobiloba

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Apampa Tobiloba

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I decided to study medicine because I'm from a country with a lot of very grounded traditional and superstitious beliefs especially as regards the health of an individual. Far too many "unexplainable" health conditions are attributed to various supernatural causes and, inevitably, this has led to the death of a lot of people. Studying medicine is one huge step in equipping myself with necessary skills to save as many lives as possible and to also be at the centre of social initiatives intended to strip away a number of these unfounded superstitious beliefs that have caused so many preventable deaths.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
The world is increasingly becoming a global village. Being a GEMx Student Ambassador provides me the opportunity to increase awareness in my school about exchange programmes that can help broaden the horizon of my fellow medical school colleagues to ensure that upon induction into the medical profession, we are armed with skills and enough international exposure that would be useful not just in our local environment but also on a global scale.

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Petre Shotadze Tbilisi Medical Academy, Faculty of Medicine

Georgia

Sophio Gamkhvetelashvili

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Sophio Gamkhvetelashvili

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I am 20 years old and I am on my 4th year of studying. Studying medicine is an important thing in my life. From childhood I was interested in science and especially in the nervous system. So this was my first reason and, for another, I wanted to help more and more people with their health. I really like my profession and I am waiting for that day when I will be a good doctor!

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
In my opinion, this kind of medical exchange program is so important for medical student education and developing medical knowledge. Also, it’s really interesting to work with foreign students and foreign lecturers. I think that this program will give me a chance to make some global cooperative medical projects with people from other countries. Hopefully, we will share our minds with each other and with the public!

Davit Gogilashvili

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Davit Gogilashvili

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I’m a member of a large family. I’ve got three brothers and since my childhood I have always been interested in their bumps, bruises, and wounds. I thought it was my duty to help them as an elder brother but during my mid school years I had an incident when I helped a stranger to stop bleeding from his foot. I will never forget his gratitude. It was my high noon when I realized that I wanted to help others and be a doctor.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
When I first heard about the GEMx ambassador program I understood that it would be the best opportunity for me to reach my life goal and help others at the same time. Being a Student Ambassador will help me to better understand how to work with people with different viewpoints and see them from other perspectives. I strongly believe this kind of experience will help me to be a better doctor.

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain

Bahrain

Zainab Fadhul

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Zainab Fadhul

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I am a medical student who is passionate about serving the community I belong to. I believe that medicine encompasses the vision I created for myself and is the way towards achieving my purpose in life. It is a noble profession that not only enhances the quality of life of your patients, but your quality of life too. I have to say that I am absolutely privileged and honoured to have been given this field to pursue a career in.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I believe it is fair to say that we are living in a world of rapid globalisation. The healthcare profession — being the highly dynamic field it is — is definitely no exception. As future healthcare practitioners, we are aware of the massive amounts of global medical opportunities surrounding us, and the role they play in shaping our future careers. However, as medical students with limited expertise, it could sometimes be daunting to select from these opportunities. In this context, we come to realise the importance and the continuous need of good guidance and mentorship. This is why I am interested in the SAN.

Jay C. Liu Jr.

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Jay C. Liu Jr.

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My background is in emergency medical services. I was a 911 paramedic in New York before deciding to pursue a career in medicine.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I participated in a clinical elective at Manipal Teaching Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal and was inspired to get more involved with GEMx following that experience.

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD) Malaysia Campus

Malaysia

Divya Gautam

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Divya Gautam

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
When I was in middle school, I had an encounter with a little girl in a slum. Her mother had passed away during childbirth, and now this 7 year old was suddenly, solely responsible for the upbringing of her baby sister. I kept asking myself—why is access to health care in countries like mine so subjective? It finally occurred to me that what Gandhi said so many years ago would become my purpose. I needed to stop waiting for things to change, so I decided to become the change I wanted to see.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
The SAN program at GEMx allows for students to gain a broader perspective on not just health care but also communication and leadership.

I will contribute to the SAN by using my multicultural background and experience to further encourage students to become actively involved in their local communities and venture out of their comfort zones to get a bigger picture of problems the world of health care is facing and what it has to offer.

With rapidly increasing globalisation, GEMx is crucial to the maintenance of standards and the assurance of growth of young minds—the minds of tomorrow.

Shin Loong Soong

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Shin Loong Soong

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Shin Loong Soong, a fourth year medical student in RUMC. As part of the programme, I joined the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for my pre-clinical studies, and have now returned to Malaysia for the clinical component.

On a memorable occasion volunteering in a soup kitchen, I witnessed a doctor providing care to the homeless without expecting anything in return and I was hooked. Medicine is a constant ameliorating course requiring constant perfection, but it also needs me to care, and that day I decided to start caring.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Advances in electronic communication have greatly improved international exchanges over the last decades. Apace with the globalisation, GEMx facilitates partnership among medical schools to encourage exchanges between students, benefiting them with opportunities to learn from a different health care system. As a GEMx ambassador, one would be given the opportunity to play the role of a buddy for the visiting medical students, and to assist them during their visit. Previous experiences being a member of the Rotaract Club have instilled into me the motto of "Service Above Self". Thus, I am happy to play this role if chosen as one.

Elaine Yi Ling Tan

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Elaine Yi Ling Tan

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My name is Elaine Tan and I'm a 4th year medical student in RUMC, Malaysia. My passion for pursuing a career in medicine started when I was a child with a curious mind and unquenchable thirst for knowledge in science, in particular the physiology of the human body. Through shadowing several healthcare professionals, I was drawn to this multi-faceted profession that allows room for continuous self-development and I found the process of helping others rewarding.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
GEMx SAN provides opportunities to develop personal and professional skills that are essential to build a successful medical career. I'm especially hoping to hone my leadership and organisational skills through executing my roles and responsibilities as a GEMx student ambassador. I would also like to make use of this amazing networking platform to meet new people with different cultural backgrounds from all around the world.

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SEGi University & Colleges

Malaysia

Yu Aun Chin

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Yu Aun Chin

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I was raised and taught all my life to help those who are less fortunate than I. My parents would ingrain this main principle in my life but I would only learn the full extent of it when I had finished secondary school.

At the time, I was exposed to more community work and refugee work through local church activities and such. From then onwards, I knew that I wanted to do something and help those in need. After discussion with my parents and mentors, the choice of pursuing medicine was an obvious one.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I was initially approached by my Associate Dean Prof. Vinothini to be a part of GEMx. After receiving information from her as well as from the GEMx website, I started having an interest to be a student ambassador.

I have always relished the idea of interacting with my peers from across the globe. Sharing experiences, learning new perspectives and most definitely meeting new people are things that constantly excite me. Furthermore, being an extrovert, this opportunity provided to me was appreciated.

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Shalamar Medical & Dental College

Pakistan

Abdul Basit

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Abdul Basit

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I'm a resident of a small town of District Muzaffargarh of Southern Punjab. My family had no doctor. So, since high school my family members started calling me Doctor as all wanted me to be a doctor in the future. Back then, I wasn't that good in studies to be able to get into a medical school. But due to the motivation, and the honor which my family gave me, I was encouraged. I mustered up courage and started working hard to be a good doctor and serve the people of my town as much as I can.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
GEMx is directly linked with ECFMG. It is one of the best student organizations working for medical students across the globe. It's always an honor to be a part of such an organization. I want to do electives in following years and it's for sure that I'll do electives through GEMx. That's why I want to be a part of this network.

Omar Nisar

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Omar Nisar

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My father was a doctor so being a doctor was always a dream. When I saw him treating the patients, it really intrigued me. Seeing that feeling of thankfulness that a patient has for his doctor was an immense pleasure for me. There cannot be a profession nobler than this because, using your knowledge, you relieve someone's pain. Moreover, learning about the complex mechanisms behind the simple tasks which we do always fascinates me. Although it is a difficult field, I took it up as a challenge and now this is the purpose of my life.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Becoming a GEMx Student Ambassador gives me the chance to improve my leadership skills, which are very important for a doctor in today's world. Moreover, I can interact with medical students around the world, which will help me in building relationships with a global community of medical students. Also, I will get to know about their experiences in medical schools around the world. It will also aid me in research projects which I plan to do.

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Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

United States

Myles Dworkin

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Myles Dworkin

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I was born into a family of physicians who taught that a career helping others was the highest form of honor one could achieve. I took this to heart after high school when I worked in Ghana for a non-profit involved with public health outreach. During this time, I became very interested in the sciences and how they could be used to benefit individuals. I returned to the USA for university where I studied mathematics and biology. Upon graduation, I decided to pursue a career in medicine in order to combine my passions for helping others and advancing the natural sciences.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I am interested in being a GEMx Student Ambassador as I am very passionate about global health and advancing student education both at home and abroad. I have worked in various LMICs for the past 8 years and have made many connections that have helped shape who I am today. I would like to be my school’s ambassador in order to help fellow students find similar experiences and engage in cross-cultural collaborations. I believe different perspectives can help us gain better understanding and working together with peers from different backgrounds can lead to new knowledge.

Jordan Kurzum

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Jordan Kurzumn

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I'm a medical student born and raised near New York City. I was always fascinated by health and the idea of healing—specifically with the idea of being someone others turned to with absolute trust. I decided to study medicine in order to be a part of the doctor-patient relationship with many patients in their times of need.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I chose to be a GEMx ambassador to be a part of giving my fellow students an opportunity to connect with likeminded individuals around the world. Having been raised in an immigrant community with people mostly from the Middle East, and having studied and worked in many cities in Latin America and Europe, I've learned the importance of global exchange and collaboration—an experience I am excited to bring to my colleagues.

Gregory Troutman

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Gregory Troutman

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
Funny enough, I actually said that I wanted to be an anesthesiologist at my kindergarten graduation (after seeing a scar on my friend after hernia surgery, and learning that the surgery didn't hurt him at all!) Realizing I should probably view medicine through a more mature lens, I worked for 3 years after undergrad as a Clinical Trial Coordinator in Cardiac Electrophysiology, while pursuing a Master of Bioethics. I loved my time working with clinical research and exploring medical ethics and knew that, in hindsight, I should have just listened to Kindergarten Greg and applied to med school!

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
One of my most impactful experiences as an undergrad at Lafayette College was through a semester abroad studying "Health & Community" via the International Honors Program. That semester, we spent two weeks in Switzerland and a month each in India/China/South Africa studying global health. Now as a medical student at Jefferson, I've been involved with our medical Spanish program and traveled to Colombia our first summer. I'm interested in medical Spanish and "glocal" health, and am eager to help make global health opportunities available to more Jefferson students.

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Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research

India

Kartik Aggarwal

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Kartik Aggarwal

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I was always fascinated by the profession as well as inspired by my grandfather who was an excellent surgeon.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Because as a student ambassador I will be able to widen my knowledge about the subject as well as tell others in my college about the same. I can act as a communication as well as an information channel.

Rubani Sidhu

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Rubani Sidhu

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My parents are doctors and I’ve always seen them working selflessly. They always give priority to the needs of their patients. Seeing them work like this, I had made up my mind at an early age to become a part of this noble profession. Then I got the privilege to go for an ambassador programme to Johns Hopkins Medical College, Baltimore, USA; and it was then that I realized I’m completely inclined towards the medical profession. I want to dedicate my life for the betterment of the people and contribute my little share in making this world a better place.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
For becoming a successful doctor, the 2 most important qualities are communication skills and leadership. GEMx is a platform which will help me work and improve these two qualities. The better a person is at communicating, the more people listen to him and get influenced and motivated by him, thus leadership and communication skills go hand in hand, so if you achieve one, you’ll become better at the other quality too. Also, GEMx will help me get more experienced. It will broaden my horizons regarding various medical beliefs and practices around the world.

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St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College

Ethiopia

Senayt Nur

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Senayt Nur

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
My full name is Senayt Nur Yimer. I was born and raised in a small town in Ethiopia, where I finished my education. I joined medical school four years ago after completing my higher education entrance exam with good grades. Even though most high-performing students are expected to go into medical education, I chose to join while I was in high school. I wanted to understand why people would get sick and how I would be able to help, and when I was given the opportunity to understand the mysteries of the human body, I did not think twice.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
By being a GEMx student ambassador, I believe I will get the opportunity to develop my leadership skills, public speaking skills, and get a chance to participate in the elective process. Through GEMx I would be able to experience cultures and different experiences, which will be priceless for my future career in the medical field. And I believe by being a part of this experience, I will not only grow as a student but also as a person.

Betty Sisay

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Betty Sisay

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
Hello my name is Betty Sisay Hishe. I am a medical student at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College. I was born in Addis Ababa, but lived most of my childhood in Toronto, Canada, where I completed high school, and now I’m back in Addis Ababa to pursue my career in medicine. I chose to study medicine mainly because I love helping others and I have a high interest in learning and understanding the human body. Also, the exposures that I had in my previous education helped build my interest in this field at a greater level.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I am interested in being a GEMx Student Ambassador because I want to be able to build a bridge between the students of St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College and the global exchange opportunities that GEMx can offer, and create awareness of the different materials it gives. I mainly want to focus on unifying the international exchange programs that GEMx offers with that of the curriculum given at SPHMMC to make it a friendly and simple environment for students to take a part in. In addition, I would like to enhance the cultural exchange and inform students about GEMx in a mannerly way.

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Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Facultad de Medicina

Mexico

Juventino Guerrero

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Juventino Guerrero

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I'm currently on my third year of medicine and I decided to study this career because I have always felt the need to help others; to see other people getting relieved and happy brings me happiness and satisfaction.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I think it is very important for a med student to know other countries for the knowledge that can be obtained when traveling. I would like to help my colleagues to get that opportunity through this program.

Victoria Estefanía González Holguín

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Victoria Estefanía González Holguín

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I was born in 1997 in the city of Torreón in the state of Coahuila. I studied at Colegio Cervantes de Torreón, I was in the soccer team and I sang too. I worked really hard because I had a scholarship so I wouldn't lose it. I knew that I was going to pursue a career in medicine since I was in high school. I love the human body, every part of it, but my main reason is that I want to become the best version of myself as doctor, so I can help people.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I'm interested in being a Student Ambassador because I think that in my school we have a lot of people with an extraordinary potential and I want to help them to reach their goals. I want to be like a bridge for them, so they can connect with GEMx and explore the opportunities that GEMx can offer them. It is a great honor to represent my school and my colleagues.

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Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine

Dominican Republic

Camilo Albert

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Camilo Albert

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
At first, I was not inclined towards being a doctor because my dad is and I denied wanting to. But then, I started looking back at what I really loved, science. The immense world of science and its infinite possibilities guided me toward selecting one of the most noble and humbling careers. Then I started seeing how much of an impact I could make in my country’s communities with a little knowledge and will, and I was hooked by it.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I’ve always wanted to connect with more people. This is the way I believe we will narrow the differences and walls built by a past of evil and prejudice. By helping fellow students have a better experience in their selected elective, I can make an impact on their lives as one does not know the future signification of that moment for them.

Gael Angeles

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Gael Angeles

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I have always wanted to study medicine because I like to help people. I've always liked to be challenged and medicine offers such a huge range of possibilities. I wanted something that could make me talk to different types of people and learn from them, and get out of my comfort zone. It also represented a dynamic job and that has always been something that calls to me.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I’m interested in being a GEMx Student Ambassador because I have always considered myself as engaging well with others. I find everyone's stories compelling and resourceful. I like to learn from any aspect and listen to others’ opinions, and more about different cultures. Respect and compassion are things that I like to give and also expect from others as well as other traits, which I believe makes me a right fit for a Student Ambassador.

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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Medicina

Mexico

Alfredo Riva Palacio Irigoyen

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>Alfredo Riva Palacio Irigoyen

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I am a medical student from México. I have always been fascinated by how science can explain rationally nature and how it works. Medicine has the ability of being able to take scientific knowledge and use it to improve human life quality and help people, not only in the biological sphere, but also in the psychological, social and cultural spheres. After all, medicine is the most scientific of the human studies and the most humane of sciences.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Being a student ambassador allows me to meet med students from all over the world, with a different perspective of medicine. Taking into account these points of view will enrich the way we treat patients no matter their background; after all the world is changing and now more than ever it is necessary to understand and be a part of globalization.

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Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana Facultad de Medicina

Colombia

José Daniel Villegas Mesa

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José Daniel Villegas Mesa

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I’m José, from Colombia. I’m cheerful, kind, and a serious person. I decided to study medicine when I was 17 years old, because I just wanted to save some human lives and make people’s life better. At that time I was clear that we can not save every one’s life but I just thought that if I could save one life it would be worth all the efforts we do as students and as professionals.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I’m interested in being a Student Ambassador because I like to meet new people, I enjoy to make new friends and talk about travel experiences, because I’m also good helping people to develop in new places where I’ve been and GEMx offers this opportunity to me where I can do some of those things. So it would be a great experience because I will be doing the things I like helping other students and working for my university and GEMx.

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Università degli Studi di Pavia Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia

Italy

Valeria Casuale

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Valeria Casuale

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
Since I was a child I've been a curious girl in love with science. I always try to challenge myself and do the best I can.

During high school I realized that medicine could be the right choice for me to improve myself, my knowledge, and help people. So, after high school, I decided to move to Pavia to pursue my career in medicine.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I decided to be a GEMx Student Ambassador because this is an amazing opportunity to meet other medical students from different countries. Being a Student Ambassador could also be useful to build on my social communication skills and expand my horizons.

Anamaria Solcan Savu

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Anamaria Solcan Savu

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I have always been a curious person, with many and really different interests and this led me, through all my adolescence, to a certain indecision about my future career. Coming to the end of high school, it became clear that what I want to do in my life is to help people. I started to understand that medicine contains and needs a very different body of knowledge, but most importantly, that it is different from any other job or career, because it deals with something that has no price, life.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
When I was asked if I could become the next ambassador for Pavia, together with another student, I had some doubts because I did not know much about GEMx. But as soon as I had it explained for what it is, I couldn't say no. I think this opportunity will lead me to meet smart and wonderful people from whom I could learn a lot, and extend my knowledge of different cultures and the way they look at and use medicine. I really hope it will give me the opportunity to learn more and more about medicine and its practice.

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Universitas Gadjah Mada, Faculty of Medicine

Indonesia

Navilah Hidayati

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Navilah Hidayati

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I am a fifth year medical student in Indonesia, currently doing my clinical rotation program. I always have this blissful feeling whenever I am able to help people. I realized that by being a doctor means I can help people in need, anytime, anywhere. My passion got bigger when I enrolled the medical faculty. I witnessed people with chronic, fatal, untreatable diseases that struggle to survive. I want to be their hope, I want to be their friend, and the person to let them know that they are not alone.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I am shy and introverted person. It took a lot of thinking and brainwork for me to start and continue conversation with another party. I am aware that communication is essential for a doctor, so I want to learn and practice my communication skill. By being a GEMx Student Ambassador, I believe I can reach that goal.

GEMx itself has been a part of my medical student's life. Being an elective student and GEMx grant awardee make me feel really grateful. I want to share this experience with fellow student in my school and around the world.

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University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Rwanda

Jules Iradukunda

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Jules Iradukunda

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I am a 5th-year Rwandan medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences. I am 24 years old now. Unlike most of the medical students, I didn’t have any parental guidance to choose medicine and I had no interest in it until in my 5th year at high school when I was chosen to be in charge of the infirmary at my school. During the whole year, I was able to find out the talent in me. Since that time I have fallen in love with medicine and I like to care about others.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Being a student ambassador at my university is an honour. I believe that I learnt a lot from the TUFH conference in Tunisia and I feel happy to share what I learnt with students at my university. I can also facilitate students from partner schools to learn in a good environment at my university.

My university is small but the good thing is that it has a good vision. I believe that being an ambassador, I can be a bridge through which students and the school can work hand in hand to reach toward global health education.

Eric Nizeyimana

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Eric Nizeyimana

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I am a Rwandan native, from Northern Province, Rulindo District. I am the last child in a family of seven children. I am an orphan from the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. I did Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology in high school at Ecole des Sciences de Musanze and I graduated with distinction.

I was inspired to study Medicine after observing the health problems in my community through the community activities that I had been doing in secondary school. I felt commitment to study Medicine and become a doctor so that I will help people through health care services.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I knew GEMx since 2017 after meeting GEMx Program Manager Justin Seeling at the Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) conference in Tunisia and visiting the GEMx exhibition there where I got much information about this amazing organization.

Since then, I felt that working with GEMx will help me to shape my career in Medicine as a student. I was so much interested in being a Student Ambassador to increase my leadership skills and make possible networking with others around the world. Also, I was inspired with the opportunities that GEMx offers for Student Ambassadors and I believe it will help shape my future by working in this position.

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University of Sharjah, College of Medicine

United Arab Emirates

Fuad Habbal

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Fuad Habbal

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I have entered medical school in 2012 and I finished the foundation year and 3 years of medicine and I'm now in the fourth year. I have chosen medicine for two reasons: the first is because my cousin has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and I always dream to find a treatment for him. The second reason is because my aunt is a doctor and she always encourages me to be like her.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
Being a student in year 4 who has successfully completed basic sciences and currently enrolled in clinical sciences, I will be simply able to guide students around hospitals and directing their communications with faculty in the clinical environment. In addition, I have a strong belief in GEMx goal in which they aim at sharing information not only about our medical college but also about our beloved country UAE. I believe that UAE is a country with a valued history and rich in its heritage and culture since I have lived my entire life here.

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Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar

Qatar

Dana Al Majid

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Dana Al Majid

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I'm a Qatari native who was born and raised in Qatar. I enjoy reading books, learning languages, sports, and most importantly medicine. I believe that awareness of cultural diversity is very important in this day and age and I'm glad of it as it allows me to fulfill my curiosity about the rest of the world. I love medicine because it is a humanitarian job which gives me satisfaction that I would not find elsewhere. Being responsible for other people's lives is something I am honored to practice.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I want to become a GEMx ambassador because I enjoy interacting with people that I can learn from and simultaneously impart my knowledge. My previous leadership roles at WCM-Q have prepared me to host GEMx events so that more students are aware of the purpose of GEMx, its elective exchange opportunities, and student competitions. I am also prepared to collaborate with other ambassadors in GEMx to create more events and opportunities on a global scale. I am excited about GEMx and I hope to fulfill all your expectations of an ideal GEMx Student Ambassador.

Aya Tabbalat

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Aya Tabbalat

Why I Decided to Pursue a Career in Medicine
I am currently a third-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar. I was always intrigued by the human body and its unique structure and function as a whole. One day my uncle, who happens to be a doctor, asked me to join him for a day at the hospital. Ever since that day I decided that this is what I see myself doing in the future. Becoming a doctor will allow me to pursue what I love and change people’s lives, during their most vulnerable times, every single day.

Why I Became a GEMx Student Ambassador
I’ll be able to build on my social communication skills, enhance my current personal skills, and develop great team-work and leadership characteristics. Becoming an ambassador will allow me to grow on a personal and professional level. Additionally, it will give me an opportunity to promote the careers of other students and echo their unique talents on an international platform. I will be able to learn and hopefully try to teach what I have learned to others.

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Last updated: June 17, 2019.