Hello! My name is Alex An, and I am a current junior studying MCB at Cal. I am also a San Diegan native that naturally appreciates warm weather, the beach, and TRUE Mexican food (none of that La Burrita business…). I decided to join The Hep B Project because I wanted to know what I would look like in the clinical setting. When all the exams and textbooks are pushed aside, it’s actually the quality of one’s application of this knowledge that makes a great doctor—not to mention all the entailing social skills that just can’t be learned in a classroom. If I may draw an analogy to soccer, I would say that I’ve spent a good amount of time in the locker room learning about the playbook and what to do on the field, but no matter how much I learn, I’m not a soccer player until I spend time working and playing on the field. I feel like that’s where I am in terms of joining The Hep B Project for the first time and actuating the start of my clinical career. And I’m very thrilled about it!
As for the foreseeable future, I plan on going down the physician route and going through the whole package: medical school, residency/fellowship, and marriage (most of all!). Although I have a desire to go into pediatrics and family practice to see the institution of family revived and taken care of, I understand that my will is flexible and is subject to change down the road. In other words, I want to be a pediatrician, but we’ll see once I get into medical school! Apart from my professional life as a doctor, I see myself also being a professional father and taking excellent care of my wife and kids!!