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A Global Journey to New Hubs of Medical Education | VTx

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Growing up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Maedot Heimete realized early in life that gaps in healthcare availability can lead to dire consequences.

“I don’t really remember seeing a doctor as an adult. Heimete said. “While no actual medical emergency occurred, it meant that for others in the extended family and in the community, a critical window of control for preventable and treatable disease was missed. rice field.”

Heimete is medically underserved in her country, where she suffers complications from childbirth because she was unable to undergo gynecological repair surgery, which is considered standard care in the West. I worked with my mother. Her experience helped her solidify her resolve to become a doctor and plan to focus on global public health. After Haymete was offered admission to her 10 top-ranked medical schools across the nation, including Ivy’s league institutions, she decided to start her career at Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). .

“I was drawn to the small size of the school. Similar to Amherst College, which I attended for undergraduates.I was also attracted to the obsession Domain for Research and Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice. Finances were also a big factor in where I ended up,” said Heimete. “When I came to the U.S. alone as an international student, there was no financial support at all. During my bachelor’s degree, he worked two or three jobs each semester to support himself.”

After graduating from Amherst, Haymete wanted to take the MCAT exam, the national medical college entrance exam, and apply to medical school, but he could not afford the process.She was ineligible for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Tuition Aid Program Because she didn’t have permanent residency yet. While waiting for a green card that gives her financial support through her tuition assistance program, she took multiple gap years and worked for a pharmaceutical company in Northern Virginia. After that, she could afford to apply for primary and secondary applications to medical school. She received generous financial support offers from other medical schools, but VTCSOM stood out.

“Finding out that I was selected for the James R. Smith Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship really cemented my decision to come here,” said Heimete. “One of my goals when choosing medical school was to go somewhere that was affordable for me and my family and didn’t require me to take out big loans. I was able to cover my tuition and a good portion of my daily living expenses, which was a great relief. That you don’t have to constantly think about your financial obligations. “

A Roanoke native and Virginia Tech graduate, Smith, along with his wife Augustine, were one of the school’s earliest and most powerful patrons. He led the medical college’s first board of directors and provided strategic direction for VTCSOM at a very critical early stage.

“By supporting Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine, Augustine and I have been able to advance our alma mater, support our community, and strengthen healthcare delivery,” Smith said. “Exploring the future requires investment in our institutions and in students who are dedicated to helping others.”