|Justin and his family at the Alaska WWAMI White Coat Ceremony|
in August 2011 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center
To pass a few years' time, he landed a job supervising the admitting process at Alaska Regional Hospital emergency room. At age 21, he applied for the police academy, and ultimately served with the Anchorage Police Department for 8 years. In 2006, he decided it was time to go back to school to pursue a degree in Justice.
Things changed for Justin after a highway accident on duty, and he was not able to recover fully enough to stay on as a police officer. While finishing his Justice degree, he took prerequisites for med school, and now is in the WWAMI program.
Justin explains that his justice degree from UAA will help him in his daily interactions as a future physician. “As a physician, I will need to make sound treatment decisions based in science,” he says. “Having a degree related to human interaction, ethics, justice and psychology will allow me to relate to people in an understanding way and address socioeconomic problems that relate to their health care.” For more of Justin's story click here.