Ryan recently completed his Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and is busy applying to medical schools around the country, with his sights on beginning his career by serving in the military. “I hope to contribute to the field of international medicine as well after my time of military service, whether by serving someday with the World Health Organization or a smaller non-profit organization concentrated in one nation,” he says. Ryan adds that his study abroad experiences and foreign language studies while at UNL have prepared him well for work abroad.
“Fluently speaking Spanish, Haitian Creole, and English, along with proficiently speaking French and Portuguese allows me to effectively connect to a large population of patients across a broad cultural spectrum,” Ryan explains. “I desire to pair a medical education with linguistic abilities to better serve all kinds of individuals, meeting them in their cultural settings and comfort zones.” His passion to serve has compelled him to volunteer domestically at the People’s City Mission in Lincoln as well.
Emphasizing his religious faith as “the most important thing in my life,” Ryan believes it is his calling is to practice medicine and provide quality, affordable healthcare in diverse, under-served, and often impoverished communities.
“I have prepared myself to pursue such a career through volunteering multiple times in a medical clinic in Haiti, by studying systems of healthcare and public health in Argentina, and volunteering for more than two and a half years at People's City Mission Free Health Clinic,” he explains. “All these experiences have sculpted my path to a career of serving others through general medicine.”
In particular, Ryan says that volunteering in Haiti Health Ministries' free medical clinic in Gressier, Haiti, exposed him in a raw and real manner to the broad spectrum of general medicine. “Seeing numerous cases of horrible diabetic ulcers, many cardiac and pulmonary diseases, and various parasitic infections made me realize the grave importance of general medicine in detecting and deterring such problems,” he notes.
When listening to Ryan talk about his many experiences traveling the globe as well as serving the needy in his own community, Ryan’s strong passion to live his life serving others shines through.
“I have learned to communicate and work with individuals from many different cultures and various paths of life,” Ryan explains. “It may sound cliché, but my desire is to go into medicine to serve humanity.”