My name is Alberto Verenzuela.
I’m a 30 year-old Medical Doctor in Venezuela. I graduated in my hometown Maracay at the University of Carabobo. Most of my years as a medical doctor were spent in my country working as an Emergency Physician, and working in an Intensive Care Unit.
Hold that thought, I know what you might be thinking: “He’s a doctor. Why would he need my help?”
And here is my reality (and the one that millions of Venezuelans are living). Due to basic humans right violations, and personal persecution I was forced to leave the country back in 2015. Being a doctor in Venezuela was a priceless experience, but it definitely did not include profesional nor even life security.
I was lucky enough to have been able to attend to Medical School back in Venezuela, but unfortunately, running away from your country means leaving all that you’ve worked for and leaving your family with nothing more than your title, a suitcase to start all over, and the hope that everything will turn out good for you.
I’m currently living in Miami, and every day I continue to work for people in need.
For now, I’m helping those who I’m able to, while working as a Medical Assistant.However, I know that I can give so much more to my community and the only thing that keeps me away from my dream are four exams.
Taking four exams sounds quite easy, except that they’re the reason why we have a doctor’s deficit in the US.It’s only the most difficult set of exams in the world. To give you a little brief: they are pretty expensive to take and to prepare for ( over 6K in expenses), the first test lasts 8 hours and defines the rest of your career, and it usually takes the IMG (International Medical Graduated) about three years to study for these tests without distractions. Therefore, working and studying becomes a big problem. We have to work to make a living, but working takes away time for us to study. As us, doctors, are also human beings, and we have to cover basic necessities such as showing, eating and sleeping, and a day has only 24 hours, it seems like an impossible mission.
My intention is not to play the victim here. The bottom line is that I would love to continue learning and working towards my passion: medicine.
Just like Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream.
I have a dream to help a grandma live a better life without pain, I have a dream to help a mother live longer, I have a dream to help other people with my knowledge, and my passion for medicine.
This is the main reason why I’ve decided to create this site to fund my studies.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’m grateful to have met you.
Any collaboration will be highly appreciated.
Thank you very much,