I've always been asked how I would combine my passion for unserved cared and oncology. The CUPID program provided me with the perfect opportunity to do so. I was able to work on a basic science project addressing breast cancer care disparities globally. The program exposed me to important social determinants of oncological care domestically and provided me with a platform for forming my future career goals.
One of my favorite events in the program was getting the chance to go down to DC to advocate with the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship for their Cancer Policy and Team (CPAT) Symposium. During this event, we were able to interact with different members of the Coalition and hear their stories about the their experience dealing with cancer and navigating the health care system, in addition to lobbying to local congressmen about the PACT act. I couldn't have imagined a better summer program to have participated in this past summer! I previously had experience with research, public health, and medicine separately, but this program cohesively brought all my interest together. By conducting research, attending daily lunch lectures on public health topics, and shadowing oncologists, I was able to further define my career interests of pursuing an MPH and working with an underserved population. It was great to meet medical students from all over the country and to spend my free time exploring a new city!
The Cupid Program provides a well-rounded experience for medical students who don't have these opportunities at their own medical school. I am so grateful for those 7 weeks and would highly recommend this program to medical students interested in a unique research opportunity.