Greta Solinap

Greta Solinap

Greta Solinap

Greta Solinap is on the road to becoming a physician, but she has already had an impressive career as a leader and youth advocate. Currently studying medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Ms. Solinap plans to graduate in 2019. Still exploring the possibilities, Ms. Solinap hasn’t chosen a specialty yet, but she says, “right now, I am leaning towards neurology and ophthalmology.”
“I was really inspired by my work in the Philippines with Parkinson’s patients and their families who lived on a rural island. There were so many barriers to access care, showing me how complex delivering effective, culturally-sensitive care is in that context. I was inspired by living in the Philippines for two years and seeing the immense help that doctors can provide to under-resourced communities. ”
Ms. Solinap found early inspiration to pursue a medical career while participating in the Nogales Future Health Leaders Club.”I enjoyed the activities where we dissected cow or sheep hearts. I remember Dr. Block came and talked to us about his job as a family physician. I remember we went to the University of Arizona and went to a research symposium.”
In 2012, Ms. Solinap returned to her home town as founder and director of the Santa Cruz County Summit for Youth Leadership. Inspired by her work with youth in China, Ms. Solinap and her colleagues modeled the Summit in Santa Cruz County on the Harvard Summit for Young Leaders in China (HSYLC) in Shanghai, where she served after her freshman year at Harvard as a college leader and also shared her passion for Neurobiology. By coming home to share what she learned in China with her community, Ms. Solinap provides a valuable model for younger students.
“It was a valuable opportunity for me to get to know and spend time with my community and the students,” she said of her experience as Director of the Santa Cruz County Summit for Youth Leadership.
Looking ahead, she says she “definitely wants to work with patients of color, non-English speaking and patients with limited medical resources.”
“My plans are to become a physician, she added, “I want to work internationally in places of need like Mexico and the Philippines.” Ms. Solinap plans to pursue her residency “somewhere in Arizona or California.”

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