Octavio Escamilla-Sanchez ’17 has been accepted to the Anschutz Medical School at the University of Colorado. He has received the Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship—one of the school’s most competitive scholarships which covers full tuition, including the out-of-state accountability, for all four years of medical school.
Octavio majored in cultural anthropology at Antioch with the intention to pursue medical school after graduation. For the past three years, he has worked as a political canvasser, optometry technician, and as a research assistant at the University of Florida in the department of epidemiology. He has also served as the primary caretaker for two siblings for two of the three years since graduating.
Perhaps the most meaningful of Octavio’s Co-ops was his experience working under Dr. Donald Schoch ’72, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of Clinical Operations in the Division of Digestive Diseases at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. During his Co-op, the two bonded deeply. Dr. Schoch has been an incredible mentor to Octavio throughout his undergraduate experience and throughout his process of studying for and applying to medical school.
Congratulations, Octavio, for your accomplishment, and thank you, Donald Schoch, for your understanding of the important role that alumni can play in the lives of students!