CPM Pre-med of the Month

Being a "pre-medical" student is full of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.  The members and leadership of the WSU Campuswide Pre-medical Mentoring (CPM) Program would like to celebrate your achievements for keeping your determination in working toward your ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.  We believe it is important to recognize the drive and stories of our future physicians.  If you know a CPM pre-med student that should be nominated for "CPM Pre-med of the Month," please consider filling out the form below.

If chosen, students will be featured on the CPM website, Facebook, and Twitter platforms, as well as giving them an additional achievement to add to their CV.

Please feel free to nominate yourself, as long as it done only once.

CPM Pre-med of the Month Nomination Form


Meet the CPM Pre-Med of the Month

November 2020: Joyce Ruiza Romero

Picture of Joyce, Pre-Med of the Month

Congratulations to the November 2020 Pre-Med of the Month!

Joyce is currently a 4th year pre-medical student majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Spanish. Heavily involved in work and the community, prior to the pandemic Joyce used to volunteer at the Henry Ford Hospital at least once a week. Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 the Program at Henry Ford was ended. Joyce decided to join multiple organizations within Wayne State to better help the community. Joyce is a proud member of the United to Heal organization, focusing on eliminating health disparities and working with the World Medical Relief Center collecting medical supplies locally while providing these supplies to hospitals abroad with lack of adequate resources. Joyce is also involved in Warrior Advocacy for Society and Circle K International, where she is able to extend her collaborative efforts and support the local/international community.

Joyce's experience with being an immigrant guided her into the path of medicine. When arriving in the U.S. Joyce realized the struggle of immigrants like herself, the most significant disadvantage being the language barrier between physician and patient. Moving here after recently turning 18 with no previous English experience, Joyce was lucky to find good people that helped her in her journey. She was able to attend an ESL program in a community college to learn English. During this journey Joyce's grandmother started showing signs of Alzheimer's disease and Joyce was the only person in the house that could take her grandmother to appointments as well as translate. This experience allowed Joyce to realize how hard it is for some members of the Hispanic/Latinx community to have access to a health care provider and be able to express themselves openly about their conditions. Because of this Joyce wants to become a physician and work in Hispanic/Latinx communities in order to serve them and improve health disparities.

What type of physician do you hope to become?

I would like to be an Oncologist. 

What hobby would you get into if time and money were not an issue?

If time and money were not an issue I would love to get into any extreme sport like parachute or skydiving. I did Bungee jumping a few years ago and I had a lot of fun, the adrenaline of that experience while jumping was amazing. 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I have always wanted to go to Egypt and learn more about their ancient civilization and see their pyramids and temples.

During your time off, what is your go-to activity?

When I have spare time and I'm done with all my responsibilities I like to go to new restaurants to try new food and desserts. Venezuelan and Arabic food are my favorite so far.

Where is the most interesting place you have ever been?

Last year I went on vacation to Cancun with my best friend and we drove to a nearby town called Tulum that is famous for their Cenotes. Cenotes are water-filled sinkholes that naturally occur in limestone rock when an underground cave collapses in on itself and exposes the groundwater underneath. Before going into the cenote a Mayan made a prayer to their God to ask for permission for us to go in. For Mayan people, a cenote is an entrance to the "underworld" where their Gods live and their spirits reside after death.

What fictional place would you most like to go to?

If I could visit a fictional place I would like to go to Bikini Bottom and visit The Krusty Krab, while growing up I always wondered how a Krabby Patty tasted like.