When uprooting a life and immigrating to a new country, many
things get left behind. For Thuy Ho, it was more than just things that didn’t
fit in a suitcase; she had to leave behind her medical license. In her native
Vietnam, Ho had earned a medical degree and had years of experience as an
internist, but did not qualify to continue practicing medicine in the United
States. Undaunted by the task of starting over, she enrolled in Union College’s
Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Now in her second year of the graduate degree, Ho has
qualified for the National Health Services Corps Scholarship, a highly
competitive and prestigious full-ride scholarship for physician assistants
willing to practice medicine in less prestigious locales.
Life in Vietnam
Raised in postwar Vietnam by Catholic parents, Ho decided to
pursue a medical career early in life. “My father was a pharmacist,” she
smiled. “He encouraged me to be a physician so I could help them by opening a