Education: Davidson College | BS, Biology
“I want to think about ways we can ensure that all people can attain and maintain good health.”
Whitney Williams wrote the personal statement required for her medical school applications twice — once before her fellowship at a nonprofit focused on population health, and once after it.
“Beginning to understand America’s healthcare infrastructure and learning more about why it does not serve some people very well made me rethink what I wanted for a career in medicine,” she says. “I discovered that I wanted to be more than a cookie-cutter physician. During medical school and throughout my career, I want to think about ways we can ensure that all people can attain and maintain good health.”
The decision to apply to Dell Medical School’s inaugural class came easy to Whitney. “The school’s vision was perfectly in line with mine,” she says. “I have a passion for racial health disparities intervention and research, so to see that Dell Med had hired an Associate Dean for Health Disparities was simply mind-blowing.”
Whitney is motivated by family members facing health challenges — and she’s inspired by the possibility of becoming “a leader and agent for change” in medicine.
“I feel so grateful to be attending a school that does not have the intention of making just another doctor,” she says. “I am going to a school with a new foundation — a foundation that mirrors my deepest passions in medicine. I couldn’t do better than that.”
Won: An American Gastroenterological Association student research fellowship