Jasper Puracan

Grad School Spotlight – Beyond Business: Jasper Puracan, Medical School

Eller PDC Coordinator Alumni Stories

Why did you decide to go to medical school? I decided to go to medical school because it presented me with the unique opportunity to serve humanity in a way that appealed to me. Becoming a physician gives me the power to utilize all of the knowledge, advice, and support I have received in service to a tradition of care that is much larger than myself.

What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding? The most challenging part of my experience has been adjusting to the pace and style of learning required for medical school. Although I had diverse educational experiences during my time with Eller and the College of Science, it is still taking time to sync with how I should study for medical school and my board exams.

The most rewarding part of my experience has been the opportunities to interact with communities on a human level. During my trips to Central America on medical service trips and volunteering in a nursing home during my undergraduate career, I was always reminded of my core reason to become a physician and to refocus after being laden down with work. This is something I will continue to do during my medical training and beyond.

What do you hope to do after you complete this first step in your program? After I complete medical school, I hope to match into a specialty that appeals to me and enables me to live my vision for my future career as a practitioner and business leader. I am considering adding to my knowledge base by joining an MBA program after I complete my residency and get settled into practice.

What advice do you have for students looking to pursue medical school? For students looking to pursue medical school, the best piece of advice I can give is to explore what the medical field is like. Immerse yourself in any way possible and ask yourself if what you see is right for you. It is important to understand that discovering if you have a passion for medicine and service will help you continue along the path to medical school, especially when you face obstacles, detours, and roadblocks along the way. And don’t forget to live along the way. Be sure to take time for yourself and create good habits, that way they are easy to maintain in medical school and beyond.

What is your fondest Eller memory? My most cherished memory from my time with Eller will be my first event as an Eller Ambassador. It was a large event at the Tucson Convention Center helping to promote Eller to Tucson area high school students, and I was helping Dave Wietecha out with recruiting. I was terrified out of my mind because I had never done anything like that before in my life. But during the course of that evening, I not only sold the school well but also found a lifelong mentor in Dave, a connection I still cherish. That, plus I added tremendously to Dave’s schtick (and I wholeheartedly apologize to anyone that had to hear Dave and I go back and forth endlessly).