Madison Esposito was one of the students at the white coat ceremony, starting her journey through medical school. “Wherever my passion takes me, this is where I have to go,” she says.
The ceremony included medical speakers sharing their experiences and inspiring new students. Esposito says, “This is a very important ceremony to welcome us into the profession and put us in this state of mind of what it’s going to be like to be healers. “
These students are ready to face a few more years of school. Madison said, “We are all very concerned about our personal communities, the mission here at the University of Minnesota is really focused on the community health aspect of medicine.”
Madison is a member of the Berry Creek Rancheria of the Maidu Indians of California and is passionate about giving back to her community. She said, “My main goal is to resume practice as a physician for my nation. We have a tribal health clinic which is very close to our Rancheria. And so I want to go back there and serve as the primary care physician for the community. “
Medical school is another step in that end goal, but before that, she created a nonprofit called the Redbud Resource Group. Help your community during the pandemic.
Esposito said: “This pandemic has been a nightmare for the indigenous community, as I said the resilience that we have as a people is what has helped us get through it successfully.”
Although she is inspired to help people during the pandemic, her passion for the medical field actually started at a young age. “I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was a kid, so COVID, it really doubled that public health importance to me,” says Maddison.
And now, in her white coat, she is ready to embark on her school trip for her community.