“Lectures. Workshops. Suturing. Clinical Rounds. Doctors. Opportunities. These are the words that come to mind when I reflect upon my MAHPA: Gray’s Anatomy experience. As a rising senior I did not know that such a brief conference would change the outlook on my future so drastically. However, as I now sit in Baker Tower library at Dartmouth College two years later, I have come to realize that MAHPA was one of the biggest jumpstarts in my academic career.
Being an inner city student with high hopes and dreams has major disadvantages. Greatly needed financial aid, scarce resources and the occasional lousily taught classes are among the highest obstacles that need to be completely overcome before applying to college. Competition to get into great schools is rough for the average student that has not attended the most rigorous private school in the nation, lived a sumptuously rich life and has traveled endlessly across the globe. However, these inequalities disappear for the average student when he or she is given the opportunity of a lifetime: to have an extremely successful group of people believe in them, teach them, mentor them and encourage them to continue on the pursuit of the goals that they have set for themselves.
MAHPA helped pave a sturdier path that I could realistically follow when they upfront told me what I should expect from college and what resources I could use to alleviate the stress that resulted from the obstacles that came with being a first generation inner city high school student. Above everything that I learned from MAHPA and the great network of people that I can continue to count on, I am happy to admit that opportunities, such as research here on campus and invitations to pre medical societies, continue to open for me due to the experience. I could not have been happier with my time in the program.”
- Daniela Hernandez, Gray’s Anatomy Class of 2010, Dartmouth College Class of 2015 -
Since 1987 the Mexican American Hispanic Physicians Association has educated students like Daniela, and your support is essential to continue our efforts. I encourage you to make a monetary donation to ensure that the youth of Bexar County will always have MAHPA as a vehicle towards higher education.
You might be asking yourself, “How much should I donate?” The truth is that every penny counts towards our success, and we are grateful for any charitable amount that you offer. However, our Gray’s Anatomy High School Health Program is expensive to produce. Each student represents $1000.00 expenditure for the two week course and the subsequent bi-monthly workshops. To put that into perspective, the 2011 Gray’s Anatomy Class was comprised of 47 students; thus a $47,000 budget was financed to make this project come to fruition. Your donation can be the difference between 1, 10, or 20 students being able to participate.
If your philanthropic nerve has been triggered by what you have read, please follow through with your donation.
If you prefer to mail a check, please make the check payable to:
7475 Callaghan Rd, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78229
If you are not able to support MAHPA financially, we gladly accept hours of volunteer service. We have many students who are eager to be mentored by physicians and community leaders. There is also room for new members on any of our three committees. Whether your passion is education, fundraising, or health policy and advocacy; your voice would be welcomed at our meetings.
There are many ways to show your support of the Mexican American Hispanic Physicians Association and in doing so you support the future of our community.
“We cannot exist without mutual help. All, therefore, that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow men, and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.”
- Sir Walter Scott -