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(in rural China after the first year of medical school)

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About Henry Del Rosario

I am a Filipino-American from Chicago now living in the East Coast. I double-majored in Molecular & Cellular Biology and English at the University of Illinois, obtained my Doctor of Medicine from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, and trained at the West Suburban Family Medicine Program in Chicago. For me, there are three desires I want to fulfill with my short life: to explore, to create, and to serve.

Family medicine is the specialty that can achieve my aspirations. The beauty of family medicine comes from seeing patients from birth to death, in the clinic and in the hospital, and often times the opportunity to care for multiple members of the same family! As of now, I am lead to 1) underserved medicine (especially of minorities, immigrants, poor), 2) inpatient medicine, 3) medical education (of residents and medical students), 4) high-risk obstetrics, and 5) global health.

Although I am driven by health care disparities, I am interested in global health simply because cultures and languages are fun to explore and learn. Moreover, I have a passion for art and literature and hope to integrate the humanities into my medical career. As a doctor you are privy to some of the most intimate, vulnerable, and beautiful aspects of human experience. Entrusted with such a privilege, I am excited to see where life and God will lead me.

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Education

  • West Suburban Medical Center Family Medicine Program – 2014-2017
    • Family Medicine with focuses in undeserved medicine, inpatient medicine, & high-risk obstetrics
    • Months done during residency: FMS: 7, MCH: 6, ICU: 4.5
  • Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University – 2010-2014
    • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – 2006-2010
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Double majored in Molecular & Cellular Biology and English

Global Health Experience

  • Northern China Family Residency Trip – 2017
    • 3 weeks
    • Lectured to and precepted Chinese residents learning family medicine
    • Provided health care in rural villages, nursing homes, orphanages
  • Urbana Missions Conference – 2012
    • Attended a triennial gathering of 16,000+ people concerned for the wellbeing of other nations and peoples
    • Listened to seminars, international speakers, bible studies, and networked with missionary agencies
  • Global Healthcare Missions Conference – 2010-2012
    • Attended a yearly gathering of 2,000+ health care professionals in Louisville, Kentucky
    • Participated in plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and small groups that informed, equipped, and networked health care providers
  • Taizhou, China Hospital Rotations – 2011
    • 4 weeks
    • Rotated through general surgery, osteopathic surgery, urogenital surgery, and traditional Chinese medicine
    • Learned about the Chinese health care system
  • Northern China Family Residency Trip – 2011
    • 2 weeks
    • Helped a Chinese family residency program train doctors
    • Provided health care in rural villages, nursing homes, orphanages
  • Kenya Mission Trip – 2010
    • 6 weeks
    • Served primary & secondary schools, orphanages, local churches

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Artist Statement

I am a person of dual experiences: Asian and American, Artist and Doctor, Sinner and God-saved. My artwork focuses on my questions about identity:

  • How does being Asian and American affect artistic mediums and tools?
  • Can art be meaningful in health and can medicine have a meaningful aesthetic?
  • Does prayer, meditation, and mindfulness have a place in medicine and art?

Art deconstructs and constructs what is beautiful. Medicine deconstructs and constructs what is sick. My work explores meditation and prayerfulness as common ground between art and medicine. In particular, I use ink and calligraphy (graphemes) and the words they represent (phonemes) as a starting point to explore how art and medicine react to each other. Historically, calligraphy has been used to record and copy scriptures— intimately tied to Buddhism, Taoism, and Zen. There are increasing studies being done now in medicine about mindfulness and meditation. I have a feeling that the self-examination I do when seeing patients and the need for patients to be self-aware in their own health are related to the self-reflection done in art and calligraphy.

Moreover, self-examination can reveal structural and personal depravities. America’s social problems of race, the decolonization of the Philippines, and globalization are themes I investigate in my works.

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Hobbies + Interests

Art (calligraphy, photography), guitar, writing, Alfred Hitchcock films, running, traveling, reading biographies, learning languages

Contact

email

Links

List of websites I peruse

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