KIPP NYC Public Schools Alumna
A proud New Yorker born and raised in the South Bronx to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, Angelica prides herself in being a first-generation Latina. Growing up with limited resources but big dreams of becoming a doctor, she learned to be goal-oriented and hard-working from a young age. As a KIPPster from KIPP Academy Middle School in The Bronx, Angelica was selected for the Student Sponsor Partners Program, which allowed her to earn a scholarship to attend St. Jean Baptiste High School in Manhattan, NY. She later graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Cultures and obtained her second bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) in Biological Sciences. Post-graduation, Angelica spent several years working in clinical research projects on lung disease, bone fractures, and healthcare disparities at the Columbia University Medical Center. As a medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Angelica has held several leadership roles in student organizations. She served as President of Primary Care Progress at NJMS and Vice-President of The Latino Medical Student Association at NJMS. She is passionate about mentoring the youth and serving underserved communities. In her spare time, she volunteers at her school’s free clinic and joins a team of medical students and physicians to visit homeless shelters in the Newark area to provide free medical care for shelter residents. Additionally, she partakes in a student-led initiative to teach health education to 9th graders in local Newark high schools. Angelica’s interest in reducing health disparities in medical care has shaped her path towards a medical career with a focus on community health and health advocacy. Outside of medicine, Angelica’s interests include traveling, crochet, reading, and spending time with family and friends.