Jesus T. Iniguez
Geisel Class of 2016

MATCHING IN Family Medicine: “As the son of Mexican American migrant farm workers, and the tenth child in a family of eleven, I have a long-standing interest in serving underprivileged and disadvantaged populations. Our family story and the challenges we faced acquiring adequate health care helped pave the way for my pursuit of medical training and specialization in Family Medicine. I am blessed to be in a profession that will give me the opportunity to influence individual health both through support of the family and through changes in policy. I want to increase access to affordable services that are appropriate and effective especially to marginalized populations in a way that helps them navigate and eliminate poverty from their lives, to keep them healthy, help them get better when they are sick, and feel better when they are healthy. Though I have much to learn, my heart is in service to those who need it most. Treatable and preventable illnesses and deaths are the grossest tragedies of our social norms and I will continue to raise awareness for health disparities and provide volunteer services to the poor. I have witnessed and survived these disparities and feel I have the responsibility to establish recourse for those who cannot help themselves.”

THE GEISEL EXPERIENCE: “I have participated in elective rotations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts. These opportunities are unique to Geisel and have challenged me to adapt to demographics of people and cultures from all over the country, as well as the varied healthcare delivery systems. Geisel has prepared me to think into the future about our healthcare system by providing experiences that challenge the status quo. We have spent numerous hours of coursework focusing on the limitations of our healthcare system and the complexities that involved in improving it. I feel confident that as my clinical judgment matures during residency, I will be part of the much needed changing landscape of our country’s healthcare delivery system.”

IMPORTANT MENTOR: “I did my family medicine clerkship at Manchester Community Health Center with Dr. Laura Fry who was a fabulous example for me. From procedural work to managing chronic illness and chronic pain, she taught me that this specialty could make a difference in the way that patients lived and died. We need more family doctors like Dr. Fry; doctors who can serve patients on a personal level, both in inner city and in rural communities, who know patients best because they understand their family dynamics and motivations.”

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