"My father, a refugee from Vietnam, was only able to complete elementary school before the fall of Saigon in 1975. My mother was also a refugee from Nicaragua's civil war, born in a relatively poor indigenously populated part of Nicaragua's gulf coast. I am multiracial and identify as a Nicaraguan/Vietnamese-American as well as an indigenous Central American. I am personally familiar with both the struggles of being a first-generation minority and having been born into a low socioeconomic background.
I have never before connected with a medical profession that shares my background, so AACOM's interest in recruiting more minorities in the osteopathic profession strikes a very emotional chord with me. Throughout my time as an undergraduate I struggled with this thought: I have never seen a doctor that looks like me, how can I see myself as a doctor?"
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Lance Truong was born in Fresno, CA to a Nicaraguan mother and a Vietnamese father, both of whom refugees of war. He is a multi-ethnic, first-generation American from a family of low socioeconomic status. Lance never considered a career in medicine before community college; because of personal circumstances he was only able to pass high school with a 2.1 GPA. After taking two years of remedial college prep courses at a community college while working part-time jobs, Lance was able to meet mentors that inspired him to dream bigger and led him to consider longer-term goals. After four years at community college, Lance became the first in his family to graduate from college, starting with an A.S. in Life Sciences from Fresno City College. After another two years of study, Lance became the first in his family to graduate from a university with a B.S. in Entomology from UC Davis. Currently, Lance attends Touro University Nevada as part of the DO class of 2019. He am currently interested in many of the primary care specialties, and plans to practice within medically underserved communities after medical school.