Meet Flora Park
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2022
Who I am
My dad is a physicist and optometrist, and my mom excelled in the arts, history and language — so I could have followed either path. I went to Ursuline Academy of Dallas, an all-girls Catholic school that emphasizes STEM fields, and fell in love with the sciences. After being accepted to medical school, I earned a U.S. Air Force scholarship.
Why I want to be a physician
As an undergraduate, I got interested in global health and research. I traveled with my thesis professor to Kenya where, through Straw to Bread, a group of physicians and students helped provide medical care to an underserved rural community. At first, I thought, “How much of a difference can we really make in 10 days?” But as I watched the physicians, I saw not only the patients they were serving but also the collaboration with the local medical providers. I was amazed. I was drawn to become a physician because of my love of science, serving others, and the autonomy the profession would provide.
What I love about UNTHSC
The collaborative environment. One thing I noticed immediately when I came to interview here was that there wasn’t an unhealthy competitive environment between students. Not only is there collaboration between my classmates, but also between the other members of the health care team across campus through our Interprofessional Education and Practice events. We help and support each other to become great health care providers.
About the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine prepares students for careers that help bring positive change to the community around them and the world at large.
What you should know
- Top school for primary care: TCOM is named one of the nation’s top medical schools for primary care by U.S. News and World Report.
- Recognized leader: TCOM was the only medical school in Texas to place at least 25 percent of 2018 graduates in family medicine.
- Accreditation with commendation: TCOM was granted a 10-year Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome, the highest level of accreditation given by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
About UNT Health Science Center
Located in Fort Worth’s beautiful Cultural District, UNTHSC is a graduate university for more than 2,000 students in medicine, science and public health. It has six schools that educate and train providers of the future to become doctors, public health experts, biomedical scientists, pharmacists, physical therapists and physician assistants.
Working in health care teams and training in a strong culture built on shared values, UNTHSC team members are dedicated to transforming lives in order to improve the lives of others.