When I interview medical school and residency applicants, I'm always interested in discovering how they reached this point. Every applicant has a story, and every story is different. Many applicants have had to overcome obstacles and challenges to achieve their lifelong dream of becoming physicians. These are tales of dedication, commitment, and perseverance, and they are truly inspiring.
Although I've never met Carlos Estrada Alamo, his story is as remarkable as any I've encountered. Carlos is currently a student at Harvard Medical School. He moved from Mexico to Seattle at the age of 5. His parents worked hard to support his family, often putting in six-day work weeks at low-paying jobs. As an undocumented immigrant, Carlos constantly feared that his status would be discovered. In an Opinion piece published by The Seattle Times, Carlos describes these fears.
From The Seattle Times
Recognizing the sacrifice made by his parents, Carlos was motivated to make the most of his opportunities, and decided to pursue a career in medicine. His motivation was also fueled by other factors.
After graduating from the University of Washington, Carlos became a student at Harvard Medical School. His medical education is supported by the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
This is a competitive program that receives over 1,200 applications, and is open to college seniors and graduate students, including medical students.
Congratulations to Carlos!