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Merit Scholar Profiles: Yong-Hun Kim

 
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PROGRAM: 

Budapest, Hungary - Winter 2017

UNDERGRADUATE:

Stanford University class of 2019

MAJOR:

Computer Science

HONORS:

Bio-X Grant (award for research)

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

President and Founder of Stanford Undergraduate Hospice and Palliative Care, Volunteer for Pacific Free Clinic, Research Assistant in Wernig Pathology Lab, President of Hong Kong Student Association, violin performance

why did you choose the atlantis fellowship?

I chose the Atlantis Fellowship because it combines opportunities to shadow physicians and travel abroad, both of which I had little prior exposure to. 

DESCRIBE THE ATLANTIS PROJECT IN THREE WORDS:

Eye-opening. Spontaneous. Exhilarating.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE AS AN ATLANTIS FELLOW?

My favorite experience as an Atlantis Fellow came in the stories exchanged over meals or excursions and the breadth of conversation that reflected the diversity of backgrounds within our cohort and site managers. 

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR TIME SHADOWING?

I appreciated the chance to speak with physicians in Budapest and hear their personal motivations for pursuing medicine because it really helped better contextualize and validate my own interest in medicine. The physicians were also just really welcoming, relatable, and down-to-earth people. 

what are your post-grad plans?

My current plan is to take a few gap years after graduating to explore the tech/biotech industry before applying to medical schools. I would also love to spend those gap years traveling and seeing more of the world. 

HOW HAS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT HELPED EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE?

The Atlantis Project has equipped me with a better understanding of what a career in medicine looks like, which I think is an invaluable gift considering the long road ahead of those who aspire to be a physician. 

How has the atlantis fellowship equipped you for active leadership in the medical field?

The ability to interact and empathize with patients of diverse backgrounds and communities is a necessity to be a leader in the medical field. I think the Atlantis Fellowship, through my interactions with mentors and their patients, has helped me take my first steps toward attaining the cultural vocabulary and literacy required of a physician.