Tanya Orellana is a first-generation American of Hispanic descent who was raised in a single-parent household. She finds being a medical student at UB “empowering and rewarding."
Through her classes and rotations, Tanya says she has met patients from around the globe. And she is able to converse with those who speak Spanish, “connecting with them on a more intimate level.”
“I chose UB not only because of the opportunities the school would provide me, but also because I could contribute and add to the diversity of medical professionals,” she says.
Tanya is grateful to have received a donor-funded scholarship to help her pay for tuition and other costs of medical school.
“The scholarship has greatly alleviated the additional financial burden I would have placed on my mother,” she says. “Being able to pursue my dreams without feeling deeply limited by finances, and to graduate from medical school with fewer student loans grants me peace of mind. As I approach my fourth year, traveling to interviews and standardized examinations will be additional expenses; however, the scholarship will assist with the costs I will encounter."
Post-graduation, she hopes to work with geriatric patients in underserved neighborhoods, and advocate for them to receive appropriate care.
“I have always dreamed of serving in underrepresented and disadvantaged neighborhoods,” she says. “Being a part of the community involvement opportunities here in Buffalo, such free health clinics and homeless outreach programs, has allowed me to gain valuable experience.”