PNWU's LGBTQIA+ club, which recently became affiliated with the national organization Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA), recently announced a newly formed partnership with BNGAP (Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians). The partnerships allow PNWU medical students to connect to a larger community, which is driven to help those from diverse backgrounds rise to a new level of excellence.
As the only out transgender student at PNWU, second-year medical student Oak Sonfist is well aware of the isolation that can accompany being in a minority group in medical school. As the president of the university’s MSPA, they hope the new partnership will help to highlight the power of teamwork and connection.
“Working with MSPA lays the foundation for a support network as well as leadership opportunities,” Sonfist said. Through a partnership with BNGAP, an organization which helps diverse medical students and residents become aware of academic medicine as a career option and provides them with the resources to further explore and potentially embark on an academic medicine career, Sonfist hopes to see PNWU develop an even more inclusive community.
“I am excited to be able to share this opportunity with students at PNWU to help encourage my fellow classmates in the LGBTQIA+ community to consider a future of academic medicine,” Sonfist explained.