As a nontraditional student I pride myself on taking the road less traveled and I have been incredibly lucky to be able to draw on these diverse experiences throughout my journey through medical school. I grew up in a rural small town in Florida and at the age of 19 joined the US Navy. My seven years in the US Navy Reserve and deployment to Al Asada, Iraq allowed me to learn leadership skills and was my first test in working with individuals from diverse cultural and demographic backgrounds. Shortly after leaving the Navy my husband and I moved to Washington State for a fresh start where I earned my Associates Degree at Columbia Basin College and Bachelors Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health at the University of Washington. During my time in medical school, I have continued to work on research and projects such as the Range Community Clinic that help bridge healthcare gaps throughout Eastern Washington and I look forward to continuing this journey in residency.
I am so excited to continue my journey towards becoming a pediatrician. I hope that the life lessons and skills I have learned here at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine enable me to become a relentless advocate for my patients.
I look forward to continuing to find ways to bridge health disparities and address social determinants of health,” says Jimenez.