Senior biology and psychology double major Cameron Liss has used her many opportunities at UGA to pave a path to her future as a physician:
One of my biggest highlights has been volunteering at Mercy Health Center. The summer after my freshman year, I decided to stay in Athens to take on the beast … Organic Chemistry. I met with my advisor, professor Karl Espelie, and I expressed that I wanted to do something more meaningful with my summer of studying. He recommended I apply to volunteer at Mercy Health Center. Mercy is a Christian health clinic that provides free health care to low-income and uninsured patients in the Athens area. I am grateful for this connection and this clinic because my experiences at Mercy have confirmed my decision to go to medical school. At Mercy, I have served in a variety of roles where I have had genuine interactions with patients, many of whom are solely Spanish-speaking.
I am honored to have been selected to serve as clinic manager where I handle a variety of tasks, which include leading team meetings, assisting medical providers and also sweeping the floors at the end of the night. As a clinic manager, I have learned how to serve as a leader, especially in a health care environment. I have led some incredible health professionals and generous students along the way. Interacting with these patients and hearing about their hardships and stories have helped motivate me in my track to becoming a physician.
Upon entering college, one of the most common pieces of advice I was told was “you have to study abroad,” and I am thankful that I listened. The summer after my sophomore year, I took advantage of one of UGA’s many study abroad programs and traveled to Cádiz, Spain. I attended Spanish classes at a local university and was fully immersed in the Spanish culture as I lived with a traditional Spanish host family. Not only was I able to engage myself in a foreign culture, but I was able to immerse myself in the language I have been studying for years. Outside of the classroom, we were able to explore the Spanish culture and were even able to travel around and explore different parts of Western Europe and Africa!
A great UGA adventure as a launching pad to making a difference, Liss is making the most of her opportunities on campus and beyond. Congratulations and best of luck in medical school!