Hi friend and welcome to my blog!!
My name is Lily and I am a fourth-year medical student!
How did I get here?
My journey to medicine began as a community college student. As a daughter of Vietnamese refugee parents who worked as barbers and nail technicians, becoming a physician was often difficult to envision. However, my fascination for science and desire to connect deeply with others fueled my passion to pursue medicine. After community college, I was accepted into UC Irvine’s competitive pre-med program and also ran Division I track and field. I then went on to complete my medical training at Tulane University and am currently completing a research year at Harvard in Boston, MA before applying to residency.
Throughout medical school, my love for mentorship materialized and I sought to create mentorship opportunties for pre-meds, like myself, who may not have mentors in medicine. Thus, I founded Med Mentors in April 2020. I’m thrilled we’ve mentored over 3,000 students across the country. I have also worked one-on-one with hundreds of students providing consulting services and many of my students have been accepted to medical school!
In addition to mentorship, I have a deep appreciation and love for medical research. To share my expertise, I created an online course that guides students through finding and doing research. This course is being updated and is set to launch in November 2021.
3 Things About Me
> Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chip
> My first job (not working for my parents) was working at Abercrombie Kids as a sales associate!
Why this blog?
My vision for this blog is to help students navigate the complexities of applying to medical school and medical school itself. As someone who is a first-generation college student and first in my family to pursue medicine, I relied on many gracious mentors to help get me to where I am today. This blog is a tribute to them and is a way I will pay it forward to YOU as a future pre-med or current medical student!
Let’s face it. The journey to and through medical is TOUGH, and we need all the help we can get. I’m here to share with you all that I’ve learned through the process to help make it easier for you!