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8COMMUNIQUFALL2014SERVINGTOLIVELivingtoSERVEThesestudentsdomorethanspendalittletimevolunteeringtheyhavemadegivingbackthehallmarkofwhotheyare.HeyDetroitShesgotyourbackVictoriaCohen-BradfordleftattendedtheSNMAs50thannualmedicaleducationconferenceinWashingtonDCinApril.Shesshownabovewiththird-yearMSUCOMstudentEricaBettscenterandsecond-yearstudentZakiyaPolk.VICTORIACOHEN-BRADFORDVictoriaCohen-BradfordsphilosophyaboutcommunityserviceboilsdowntoonesimplesentenceHowcanIhelpThethird-yearMSUCOMstudentisjustsettingoutonclinicalrotationsatMcLarenMacombbutsheseesafutureinmedicineandservicethatsasclearasherpastininner-cityDetroit.MotorCitybornandraisedCohen-BradfordattendedDetroitPublicSchoolsfromelementarythroughhighschool.SheearnedaWadeMcCreeIncentiveScholarshipthatsheusedtocompleteabachelorsdegreeattheUniversityofMichigan.Throughitallcommunityservicewaspartofherlife.Iwasveryactiveinhighschoolshesays.IwasalsoactivementoringelementaryandhighschoolstudentshelpingthemprepareforACTallthroughoutmyundergradyears.AftergraduatingfromcollegesheaddedtheAmericanCancerSocietytothelistoforganizationsshesupportedwithhertime.AfterIgotmyundergraddegreeIwasactiveinRelayforLifeshesays.Thatwasimportanttome.IhaveafamilyhistoryofcancerandthereforeIwantedtobeinvolvedwithanorganizationthatsdedicatedtopeoplelivingwithcanceraswellassurvivorsandcaregivers.ItwasalsoafterearningherbachelorsdegreethatCohen-Bradfordbeganthinkingaboutpursuingamastersdegreeinpublichealth.ThoughherfutureplanswerenotyetsolidiedshedidknowthattheyincludedDetroit.Iwastakingsomepre-medclassesandaprofessortalkedtousaboutosteopathicmedicineshesaid.Ilearnedabouttreatingthepersonasawholeandthesystemsapproachtohealth.Itallmadesense.IdbeenthinkingaboutgettingmyM.P.H.andIthoughtthatwouldbeaplustopracticeintheinnercitywhichissomethingthatIdenitelywanttodo.ShealsometRafaelMarinezMSUCOMassistanttothedeanformulticulturaladvancementwhointroducedhertotheBridgeProgramwhichenablesparticipantstopursuetheM.P.H.priortostartingtheirrstyearofmedicalschool.ThatbroughteverythingtogetherforCohen-Bradford.IdenitelywantedmyM.P.H.andtheosteopathicphilosophyissomethingIbelieveinandwanttobringtoallthepatientsIcarefor.MSUCOMsemphasisoncommunityservicewasalsoimportanttoCohen-BradfordwhoservedasthevicepresidentoftheStudentNationalMedicalAssociationwhileshewasattheMSUCOMDetroitMedicalCentersite.ItryandstayincontactwiththepersonwhotookmyroleasSNMAsVPattheDMCZakiyaPolkshesays.IalsolookathowIcanbeinvolvedasIgoon.Stayingincontactwiththerst-andsecond-yearstudentswillgivemeawaytostayactive.ImalsoreachingouttothosewhohavestayedinvolvedwithRelayforLife.Cohen-Bradfordhasadviceforneworfuturemedicalstudentswhowanttoremaincontributorsthroughcommunityserviceprioritizeplanandbepatient.Makesureyouknowwhateventsaregoingonandwhatyouhavetimeforshenotes.Youdontwanttofallbehindonacademics.Forsomerotationsyouwonthavealotoftimeforothersyoullhavemoretime.Itsaboutkeepingyourpassioninmindforcommunityserviceandbeingrealistic.Youllhavetimeforcommunityservicebutyouhavetobepatient.Planningisabigthingyouwanttodo.WhilecommunityserviceisadenitepartofCohen-Bradfordsfutureherprofessionalfutureisstillbeingformed.Shehasinterestsininternalmedicineandobstetricsgynecologybutarotationinsurgeryhasfosteredaninteresttheretoo.IlikebeingintheORandseeingtheproceduresandhowtheyareimplementedeventhoughIveonlyhadonerotationthereIseemyselfdoingsomeformofinnercitymedicineshesays.IdenitelyunderstandthatgoingthroughrotationsImayseeotherneedsthatIdliketoll.IknowIwanttodosomethingpatient-relatedandveryhands-on.Theresnoquestionthattheinnercitysheschosentoshareherskillsisherhometown.MywholefamilyisfromDetroit.YouseewhatsgoingonthereandyouthinkIwanttoplayaroleinhelpingeradicatesomeofthoseproblemsandmakinglifebetterforthepeoplelivinginDetroit.ItsalwaysbeenmygoalhowdoIgetmyeducationanduseittosupportourcityIwasreassuredofhowimportantitistotakecareofthepeopleinyourhometownafterhearingDr.WilliamAndersonspeakaboutreturningtohishometowninGeorgiaaftercompletinghisresidency.Hemadeapromisetohimselfandfollowedthrough.Thatdenitelystuckwithme.Cohen-BradforddoesntbelievethatDetroitsrebirthisadistantdreamthatisyearsaway.Itsalreadyinmotion.IdontknowwhatmyrolewillbebutIwanttoplayapartsomeday.byLauraProbynSTUDENTS