Arlene Phuong-Quynh Ho: At forefront of medical student philanthropy

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On the move with: 2元彩票Arlene Phuong-Quynh Ho, a second-year medical student at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, in Kalamazoo.  

AMA member since: 2017.  

What inspired me to pursue a career in medicine: 2元彩票My grandmother’s palliative care physicians and care team while she was fighting breast cancer were my biggest inspirations. Their empathy and passion for their work encouraged me to pursue medicine so that I could help people who are not able to help themselves. 

How I move medicine:2元彩票 As a medical student, it is hard to feel the impact that you as an individual can make, but being able to be part of a ripple of change and movement is how I move medicine. 

Career highlights:2元彩票 I was the class president of my medical school class for two years. 

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Advice I’d give to those interested in pursuing a career in medicine: 2元彩票Health care is a field in which you touch people’s lives deeply—everyone remembers how they were treated by a health care professional, and everyone remembers how the experience made them feel. I hope that those pursuing health care remember that their careers are not just about their own success, but about the success, healing and, consequently, livelihoods of their patients. 

How I give back to the community:2元彩票 I have been at the forefront of advocating for medical student philanthropy, particularly through interest groups and events encouraging monetary or in-kind donations to local community organizations and charities. I also hope to encourage patients and physicians to bring their time, talent and treasure to their local communities in the future. 


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Aspect of my work that means the most: Connecting with patients and families has meant the most to me so far, and I hope to keep that feeling with me throughout my career. 

My hope for the future of medicine: Health care equity and ease of access for all. 

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