Previous Scholars – Latino Research Scholarship

2018

Gabriela Gonzalez, a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents born and raised in South Los

Angeles, graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor of science in

Molecular, Cell and Development Biology. She discovered her interest in medicine while

volunteering at the LAC/USC Medical Center as a high school junior in the USC Med-COR

program. This early exposure helped her realize the haves and have-nots of her urban

community. As an undergraduate, she developed essential leadership skills as a long-term

board member for Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine. She collaborated on many

initiatives to improve the URM medical student pipeline for UCLA undergraduates and on

community projects ranging from health fairs to high school health programming under the

advising of Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista. During her pre-clinical training at the David Geffen

School of Medicine Program at UCLA, she served as a LMSA co-chair, tutored anatomy, co-

facilitated a health systems innovation selective and completed a hospital administration

fellowship at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. As a current third-year medical student,

she has decided to pursue Urology and will be taking a leave of absence to conduct health

services research while completing an MPH. Her leadership endeavors as a medical student

have gained her recognition by the Los Angeles County Medical Association and the Kaiser

Permanente Oliver Goldsmith Scholarship Committee. Growing up in a community where youth

and especially women of color rarely attend college, let alone pursue professional training has

kept her grounded to continue mentoring. As a future academic surgeon, she hopes to serve

her South Los Angeles community and conduct research to improve urologic health outcomes.

 

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