Xin (Frank) Qi

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About

Frank is a medical student at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. After 18 years in Shanghai, China, Frank pursued his undergraduate education at UC Berkeley and received a B.A degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. During his education at UC Berkeley, Frank dedicated his time to the He Lab studying the function of retrotransposon elements in mouse embryo pre-implantation development. He received Evans Memorial Prize and I.L. Chaikoff Awards for his academic and research efforts. Apart from research, Frank taught undergraduate biology as a UGSI, and he also volunteered as an EMT in the San Francisco General Emergency Department, various concert venues, and fire evacuation centers. Frank is also passionate about reducing healthcare disparity by serving as a healthcare interpreter and interpretation instructor. He held leadership positions in the Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps, Volunteer Health Interpreters Organization, and Rock Medicine. Frank elected to not take a gap year and proceeded directly to medical school. At DGSOM, he is pursuing multiple research opportunities and creating a medical mandarin course. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Frank volunteered at the San Francisco Field Care Clinic as a medical student, performing patient care and COVID testing. In his free time, Frank is a FAA certified private pilot, and he sings and plays guitar for recreation. Talk to Frank about his experiences, going straight to medical school, or the MD application process.