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Jacob Bailey
Masters, Medical Student

Jacob Bailey

Jacob received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Utah and is now working towards his Masters of Arts in Education at UCLA, and his MD at UCSD.  Jacob enjoys the array of opportunities to impact other people’s lives. He also enjoys being surrounded by others with similar passions and interests.

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
None of my accomplishments are my own.  Having great mentors like Dr. Gray and Dr. Hill made it possible for me to achieve my successes.  Their guidance helped me find ways to combine my interests of scientific research and social justice.  The Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program gave me opportunities to develop in key areas of my work such as research design, professional writing, public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership.  The program goes well beyond the science to help train scholars and leaders.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Do what you love without thought of personal gain.  If you choose a path because of individual benefits, then you’ll be sorely disappointed.  Also, don’t be in a rush.  It’s called a career path because it’s a journey.  Shortcuts only minimize the formative growth you gain from experience.

What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
It is difficult to point out any particular accomplishment professionally since focusing on future goals quickly minimizes any singular achievement.  Graduating from the University of Utah was a big deal since neither of my parents went to a university, nor did most of my friends in high school.  Getting into medical school was another similar milestone.  I recently authored a publication for a journal.  It’s my first full manuscript that has been accepted for publication, and it felt like a big accomplishment.  However, none of these would be possible if my personal life wasn’t in order.  Making sound personal choices, being mindful of others, and keeping my marriage the top priority provides me with the necessary balance to be happy.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests?
Free time is hard to come by, so the majority of it is devoted to spending it with my wife.  I enjoy surfing, cycling, and socializing with friends.

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