Caring for the Underserved
Joshua Jaramillo has shown both ambition and compassion in his work since graduating from BYU in 2009. Jaramillo majored in Latin American studies with a minor in Spanish. While at BYU, he served as the president of the Student Association of Latin American Studies, which involved him in many cultural- and service-oriented projects.
He also taught at Centro Hispano and completed a study abroad in Siena, Italy, while researching Italian immigration to Latin America.
After graduating, Jaramillo worked as an elementary and middle school teacher before entering medical school at Stanford University. While there, he helped start the Hispanic Center of Pediatric Surgery at Stanford Children’s Hospital, participated in global surgery research, served as a cochair of both the Latino Medical Student Association and the Surgery Interest Group, and was as a member of the Diversity Advisory Panel for the School of Medicine Admission Committee. Currently, Jaramillo is a general surgery resident at Stanford and plans to participate next year in a pediatric surgery research fellowship at Stanford Children’s Hospital.
Jaramillo has clearly found the work he loves thanks to his experience with Latin American studies. He said, “Latin American studies was the perfect major for me because it allowed me to enhance my passion for the Spanish language and Latin people while also allowing me to cultivate professional skills and pursue my interests in medicine and caring for the underserved.”