2017: Stephen Mein

October 20, 2015 by

While born in Seattle, Washington, I have spent the majority of my life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate student where I studied biomedical engineering. Outside of academics, I was in a Christian fellowship, which allowed me to understand the impact of mentoring relationships and to go on mission trips that exposed me to health disparities around the world. Though I enjoyed engineering, my desire to have a profession marked by relationships and self-sacrifice, along with a passion for critical thinking and the sciences, led me to medicine. After graduating from college, I had the privilege of working as a scribe in the UVA Family Medicine Clinic for a year. My time in this clinic provided me a window into primary care and led me to believe it is well suited for me. I look forward to the relational aspect of continuity care, providing the opportunity to form genuine relationships with patients and guide them though their health needs.

The Generalist Scholars Program has done a fantastic job exposing me to different aspects of primary care through relevant lectures and research opportunities. Ultimately though, the greatest value of GSP has come through mentoring relationships with like-minded students and faculty. It is these relationships that will continue to shape me as a clinician and impact my practice after my four years at the University of Virginia. Outside of school, my wife and I enjoy the many things that Charlottesville offers, including the mountains and great restaurants.