I am Margarita Toufeili, a first semester medical student attending Washington University of Health and Science in the beautiful city of San Pedro in Belize. I have received an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Toronto, with a specialist in Biology and a major in Sociology. Originating from a very multicultural household, as my mother is Ukrainian and my father is Lebanese, I have always appreciated the pulchritude in immersing oneself into new cultures, which is why I have chosen to pursue my studies on this charming island.

If I had to describe myself in three words, they would most likely be: curious, competitive and compassionate. I have always appreciated the value of education and the application of it—especially pertaining to the health sciences. That is why I have felt this indelible pull towards medicine, with one goal: to get the opportunity to be able to help heal people. It is my dream to be able to be part of such an ever growing multidisciplinary field, filled with innovation and ingenuity. I cannot wait to use the skills that I am so fortunate to receive from Washington University, so that I may be of service to those who need it the most.

I have always strongly believed in the principles of medical ethics, especially in proving access to health care for all, in a respectful, competent and compassionate way. Mark H. Fischer stated that the components to being a physician involved observation, reason, courage and human understanding. As a future physician I strive to embody those components to practice in a way that has a persistently positive effect on an individual and societal level.

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