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Sat Mar 16: From High School Drop out to Community College and Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Luis Armando Godoy, M.D. Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis Health System
Saturday, March 16, 2024
10:00am-11:30am PST

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Workshop Description:
Embark on an inspirational journey at our workshop, where the remarkable story of Dr. Godoy, M.D., unfolds to illuminate the path for aspiring medical professionals. Born into a hardworking immigrant family and initially struggling within the educational system, Dr. Godoy’s life took a transformative turn from the fields of Northern California to the esteemed corridors of UC Davis School of Medicine. Now a revered Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Assistant Professor, as well as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at UC Davis Health System, Dr. Godoy embodies the epitome of resilience and dedication. This workshop is designed for community college and university pre-med students seeking not just motivation but also practical guidance on overcoming obstacles and achieving their dreams against all odds. Dr. Godoy’s journey from a high school dropout, through various roles including a medical assistant and X-ray tech, to a celebrated heart surgeon, highlights the power of perseverance, mentorship, and unwavering commitment to one’s dreams. Join us to discover how you, too, can navigate the challenges of pre-med life and harness the same passion and determination to reach the pinnacle of medical achievement.

About the Speaker:

​​Luis Godoy was born in Michoacan, Mexico. He immigrated to this country with his family as a young boy and grew up working on the farms of Northern California picking and cutting fruit. By the age of seven, he would come home from school and work with his parents. There was no time or energy for homework and barely enough to learn English. He worked hard and did his best but always felt like he was falling behind. He struggled mightily in school and at one point he dropped out to avoid gang activity that would have set his life off on the wrong foot. He became a father during his senior year of high school. Becoming a teenage father changed his life forever. Commitment, dedication and passion became more than words to him; they became his way of life. Even though he struggled to juggle work, family and school, he managed to graduate high school on time. After graduation he worked as a cook, a mechanic, a medical assistant, and eventually an X-ray tech.
It was not until he was in his mid-twenties that he built up the confidence to go back to school to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. He attended Solano Community College, transferred to UC Davis where he earned a degree in biology — and then got accepted to the School of Medicine.
He is a strong believer of the power of mentorship and has experienced it firsthand as it helped him keep his dream of a medical career alive. He now strives to be that example for others and to help lift others up to achieve their dreams as well.
Today, he is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine and UC Davis Health System. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons where he serves on a committee for Diversity and Inclusion. He has been inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is also a recipient of the UC Davis University Medal and has received numerous teaching awards.

UC Davis surgeon recognized nationally for commitment to diversity in medicine

Here is a short video from Dr. Godoy while he was a resident

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Topic: From High School Drop out to Community College and Cardiothoracic Surgery
When: Saturday, Mar 16, 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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