Songnan is a first year medical student at Stanford. She grew up in China and came to the States at the age of 16 as a high school exchange student. She then received her undergraduate B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. While at college, Songnan spent most of her time either in lab studying molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular development and regeneration or out in the community. She's passionate about narrowing health and social disparities through mentorship and community services with local organizations such as Thread, Strong City Baltimore, and Health Care for the Homeless. After college, she continued to study stem cell biology at the lab of Shinya Yamanaka at UCSF, while mentoring an URM high school student in a summer research project. At Stanford Medicine, Songnan will be conducting research in cancer immunology in the Biochemistry Department. She serves on the Steering Committee for Pacific Free Clinic, has led a successful fundraising campaign that delivered close to 100K essential PPEs to hospitals across the U.S. during COVID-19, and is currently involved in social justice, anti-racism curriculum reform efforts. She's excited to serve as a mentor for F-1 Docs. Talk to Songnan about her experiences and the MD application process.