Name: Adelina Cato Hometown: Albermarle, NC University: Wake Forest Graduation Year: 2016 Major: Psychology, minor in chemistry Site: OIC Family Medical Center
What’s your role at your host site? – I think my main role is a health coach. Then, my job is to make sure patients know why they’re coming to see the doctor, next steps, lifestyle changes. I want to make sure they know what they have and how to fix it – and I can spend more time with them than the doctor to make sure they understand what’s going on. I’m going to continue to need practice; but I’m excited to get to know them and then be better able to serve them. Where / how did your interest in health develop? – I’ve always wanted to help me. I started saying it when I was little because it looked cool, to be hoenst. But I took the science classes in college, I realized I liked the human body and that this doctor idea was really a fit for me. Talking with doctors, I realized how much I could really help people – and THAT’s what brought it all together Why did you choose MedServe? – In preparing to apply to med school, I realized I didn’t have much healthcare experience. I knew I wanted to serve an underserved population. I looked at Teach for America and Peace Corps, but it had both the service and the healthcare experience – perfect combo for me! The fact that it was in NC was even better; I’m from NC and my first thought was Peace Corps and leaving the country. But there are people in my own home state who need help and I wanted to make a difference here. I’m really, really thankful for MedServe à it’s such a great opportunity for people in my boat. What are your plans after MedServe? – I want to apply to med school – a NC school would be nice Where do you see yourself in 5 years? – In medical school, I hope! Where do you see yourself 5 years after that? - I want to be an OB-gyn. It became from watching TV shows and the idea has been around since the 3rd grade or so. Once I realized it was a real job, I was so excited. I love the idea of bringing new life into the world. Being a female, I like the idea of helping women. My family members often have male OB-gyn’s who can’t relate to them. I like that my OB-gyn is a female. I see myself in a rural area – definitely not urban! We talk in MedServe about the physician-citizen. I see myself as an active part of my community. I hope that my effort is targeted to underserved comunities in particular.