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John Bunkall
BA Communications, Boston College 2014
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Class of 2021
Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Why I changed my career (or educational objectives):
For a long time I thought about practicing medicine, but I didn't actually pursue it until the end of my junior year in college. I was a soccer player and communications major at Boston College, and my only exposure to medicine and doctors was sports-related. Through this facet of medicine, my interest grew rapidly. Once I began interacting with the athletic trainers and orthopedic surgeons, I started thinking seriously about it as a career.

Why USC?
Aside from the fact that I grew up in Los Angeles, and (after Boston) a return to warmer weather was appealing, I knew USC was an excellent academic choice. It goes without saying that USC has an exceptional pre-med program. Maybe the best part of the program, however, is the fellowship of the students in the post-bacc community. There is a great sense of connection. After completing the program, I stayed in touch with several fellow classmates, and this can be instrumental throughout the process of applying to medical school. We are still good friends today.

Favorite Class/Professor at USC:
Second semester of Physics for the Life Sciences, with Dr. Bickers. I had no experience in physics before that summer, and Dr. Bickers was an extraordinary teacher. A class that I kind of dreaded turned out to be my favorite in the program.

Experiences with medicine
While in the post-bacc program I started volunteering in the LAC+USC Medical Center ER. It was an invaluable first exposure to medicine in a professional, high-stress environment. I also committed to a shadowing preceptorship program at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, where I joined rounds with internal medicine residents as well as medical students. I was also fortunate enough to join a weeklong global medical training trip to Panama with a group of post-baccs. I think that was actually my first experience with personal hands-on work. In addition, during my glide year while applying to medical school, I worked as an EMT

When I'm not studying or volunteering
YWhen I'm not studying or volunteering, I still enjoy playing and/or coaching soccer, as well as hiking, working out, going to sporting events (Go Dodgers...) or hanging out with family and friends