Serving others is an investment of a lifetime for Medical Academy sophomore

Serving others is an investment of a lifetime for Medical Academy sophomore
Posted on 03/27/2019
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When Jesus Delgado, sophomore at South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy), commits to something, you best believe he’s following through with that commitment. 


In less than two years, Delgado, from Olmito, has served his community at least 52 days out of the year having earned himself over 1,000 community service hours. That’s right. Delgado has spent at least one day out of his two-day weekend – almost every week out of the year – in his community giving back, making up for any days missed by volunteering during his holidays. 


So how did this all begin for Delgado? 

Delgado’s grandmother played a huge role in his commitment to service. When she learned of the Junior Auxiliary Program at Valley Regional Medical Center (VRMCAP) in Brownsville, she knew it would be the perfect fit for her grandson, especially since he was about to begin his freshman year at Medical Academy in the fall of 2017. It did take some convincing to get Delgado to apply for the program, knowing that participation would require him to give up a lot of weekends and holidays, but he soon was on board and was accepted into the program in the summer of 2017. 


At the start of the program, Delgado remembers being able to scrub in alongside a doctor, and he witnessed his first-ever gall bladder extraction. After that very first experience, he was hooked.


He will complete two years as a junior volunteer this July, and has already given so much to the program. He currently serves as the vice-president for the junior program, a position for which he was recommended after just a few months into the program, and he plans to run for the president position this summer. 


Through this program, Delgado earned himself a basic life support and CPR certification, along with an instructor certification where he has the ability to teach the course to fellow junior volunteers. 


Delgado admits that his grandmother was right when she said applying to the program was the best possible thing he could do at his age. Investing his time to serving his community, and gaining hands-on experiences outside of the classroom in a real-world setting without any compensation was indeed, and continues to be, an investment of a lifetime. 


“Volunteering has already brought on so many awesome experiences, and has opened up the door to leadership opportunities that I would not have gained without taking that step and committing to serving.” said Delgado. “You never know what you are going to run into, and that excites me.” 


He enjoys being a student at Medical Academy, and he loves to see how he can use the skills gained while volunteering around the hospital in his classes, and in turn also use those skills learned in his classes at the hospital. 


Delgado’s new love for giving back to his community has also led him to volunteer with Keeping Brownsville Beautiful, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and HOSA- Future Health Professionals of America. 


Delgado is sincerely invested in serving his community, and also leading his fellow junior volunteers to be the best they can possibly be. 


He dreams of one day becoming a surgeon. In the meantime, he plans to venture into the emergency medical technician (EMT) program at Medical Academy and earn a certification from that program upon graduating in 2021.