In 2009, Amy was eight months pregnant and her husband noticed he started losing his vision. “Everything from there kind of spiraled into this big what’s happening, we don’t know what is going on,” said Arias.
Later, Amy said she started having chronic urinary tract infections and during an ultrasound a technician discovered a mass in her abdomen. Arias is now in her first year of medical school and over the summer was selected as a Primary Care Physician Scholar.
“I really wanted to go into medicine to be able to help relate and help connect with my patients and really explain things to them and maybe even make them feel heard,” she said. “I am just so overwhelmed with gratitude, the university has just been awesome,” said Arias, a first-generation college student. “Being able to be given a gift to be able to give back and have impact in this community has just been wonderful.”
She said through the process of dealing with doctors, she learned how to communicate with them which sparked a new career path. “It ended up being a splenic hematoma,” she said. “It was large… it was 11 centimeters so you know it could have burst at any moment.”
Scholars of the program agree to practice medicine in Arizona in an underserved community or at least two years after graduation and residency training while the program covers tuition. Arias was one of 23 scholars to be selected for the program for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Arias said that she is interested in women’s health or family medicine.
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