Josh Williamson '23 was selected for the highly competitive TAP MD summer medical exploration program of the Health Alliance. Students attend various learning experiences that show what it is like to be a physician.
"When I saw the opportunities presented by this TAP MD program, I simply could not pass it up," said Williamson. "I'm most excited to learn directly from doctors in their fields, observing and getting hands-on experience behind the curtains at hospitals. I know this program will guide me further in my quest to incorporate computer science and biology into medicine and to help me save lives one day."
Williamson has always been interested in medicine and computer science. He attributes his love of computer science to his father, who is an engineer. But his mom is the person who set him on the path to wanting to go into medicine.
"In 2018, my mom was diagnosed with severe kidney failure and began dialysis treatments. To this day, every night she has to plug herself into a bulky and loud machine while she tries to sleep. That got me thinking about how I could find a better solution for dialysis patients like her," said Williamson.
As Josh prepares to enter his senior year at Country Day, he is hoping this summer program will help him figure out what to major in when he goes to college.
"Josh would make an excellent doctor—he has all the intellectual understanding and people skills to be a great researcher and practitioner. And he's been a star in all our theater productions. He's got so much talent," said Sarah Beyreis, director of college counseling.
For more information about the TAP program, click here.