After completing the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/LMU Summer Research and Observership Program this summer, Ma’at Hembrick is even more certain that her goal of becoming an OB/GYN treating low-income, minority women is the right choice.
She was a bit shocked to win one of only two program slots, and even more surprised to be scrubbed-in to surgery on her first day. “It was shocking, but really cool,” she said.
“The program surpassed all my expectations.” In addition to gaining clinical experience, Hembrick worked with residents on research projects. After graduation, she hopes to spend a year in Spain as a Fulbright Scholar, then attend medical school through the U.S. Air Force.
A stellar athlete, Hembrick was awarded the 2019 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Award for Women’s Rowing. To be considered, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, be at least a sophomore academically and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
Hembrick is a health and human sciences major with minors in biochemistry and Spanish.