Florida State University, B.S. in Biological Science
Carolina Campos is a Class of 2025 student from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove.
What inspired you to pursue a healthcare career?
As a kid, I saw firsthand how the healthcare system failed my grandparents. Since they were low-income individuals who emigrated from Cuba, the healthcare they had access to wasn’t the best. My experiences with the healthcare system as a child were through the stories I heard from my grandparents, and it always bothered me to see how upset they were that they were never listened to or treated fairly by certain physicians. This motivated me to go to medical school so that I could make a difference in lower-income communities by practicing with compassion, equality, and empathy. As I’m the first person in my family to attend graduate school, the path to medical school wasn’t easy. But I’m thankful for my family’s continuous support throughout the whole process, and I want to make them proud.
Why did you decide to attend Midwestern University?
MWU and CCOM seemed like a perfect match for me due to their emphasis on giving back to low-income communities and teaching their students to be compassionate healthcare providers.
What about a Midwestern University education do you want to carry forward in your career?
Focusing on the patient’s best interest and using a whole-body approach to medicine.
Why is it important for Midwestern University to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
I think it’s important that MWU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate how many more opportunities there are for Hispanic individuals to pursue careers in medicine. In the past, prejudice factored into medical school admissions against both minorities and women, and it’s so nice to see how far we’ve come as a society to give everyone an equal chance, no matter their culture, race, or gender.
What do you wish others knew about your culture?
Cuban culture is big on having huge celebrations. Whether someone just got engaged or just received their first college acceptance, all of our friends and family are invited over for a night of food and dancing. I loved growing up in a community where friends felt just as close as family, and where we took every opportunity to spend time with those we care about. The Cuban culture overall is so warm and welcoming and it’s definitely my favorite thing about it.
“ MWU and CCOM seemed like a perfect match for me due to their emphasis on giving back to low-income communities and teaching their students to be compassionate healthcare providers. ”Carolina Campos
Osteopathic Medicine Student, Class of 2025