In Their Own Words: Overcoming Challenges to Achieve a Goal

August 07, 2017

Dr. Noé Romo talks about his journey to become a doctor, his first experience in Washington, D.C., and how he started Stand Up to Violence, a community violence prevention program.

As the first in his family to graduate from college, Dr. Noé Romo is no stranger to overcoming challenges. After being discouraged from applying to a pre-med program when he was a young student, Dr. Romo was accepted to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. With the help of a scholarship from the National Hispanic Health Foundation and United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative, Dr. Romo graduated in 2008 and completed a pediatrics residency at Jacobi Medical Center in 2012.

Dr. Romo says that in all of his work he sees the importance of culturally competent care. "Having physicians who not only speak the language of their patients, but also understand their culture, makes a big difference in the quality of health care we can provide," he said.