Thammatat (Juwee) Vorawandthanachai
Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Juwee is a first-generation fourth year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He received his undergraduate BA in Applied Linguistics and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. While in college, Juwee was involved with the Annika Rodriguez Scholars program, GlobeMed, and math tutoring. He also spent a semester of college studying abroad in Santiago, Chile studying Spanish language, Chilean literature, and the Chilean healthcare system. While in college, Juwee wrote an honors thesis looking at the role of English and how it influences social hierarchy in Thailand, which earned him highest honors in the department of Applied Linguistics, and he graduated cum laude. Between college and medical school, Juwee taught math in Spanish in a low-income high school in Chicago. In medical school, Juwee has been trying to explore how global health, social determinants of health, and community health all influence the health and well-being of the patient. He also spent time studying the diagnostic algorithm of tuberculosis in Ecuador during one of his summers. He is fluent in English, Thai, and Spanish and speaks to patients in all three languages. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology. In the next year, he was awarded a fellowship to conduct research looking at how linguistic disparities affect obstetric outcomes. Talk to Juwee about applying as an international student, taking a transitional year before medical school, OB/GYN, global health, health disparities, taking a research year in medical school, and language.