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This TFA Alum Is Innovating to Improve Stroke Care
In fact, Pascual’s ability to distinguish himself during the application process was a product of time in the corps. “I think Teach For America is renowned for its network,” says Mandy Dorn, HFA’s director. “They attract the best and the brightest, and people who demonstrate leadership potential. Just the fact that King was selected for Teach For America immediately gets your attention. Then to hear how he made the most of his opportunity and succeeded really stood out to us, in addition to his collaboration and teamwork skills he demonstrated in the final round.”
Pascual hopes to display those same attributes during his fellowship. “In medicine, the interaction is not just between a physician and the patient,” he says. “There’s a team of healthcare providers and caregivers you have to keep in mind as well. My ability to integrate all of their stories and perspectives will be valuable to this experience.”
As for life after the fellowship, Pascual already has envisioned his future path.
“I see myself using my background in education and health care to instill positive change,” he says. “I’m applying to medical school next year, but I’m also taking it one year at a time. Long term, I want to be a mental health advocate and professional, educating the public on self-care and helping people live a happier, healthier life.”