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Dr Vega III Remarkable Journey from UAG to Medicine
By: UAG School of Medicine
The UAG School of Medicine recently had the privilege of welcoming back one of its outstanding alumni, Dr. Jose Luis Vega IIIDr. Vega's visit to his alma mater was not only a heartfelt reunion but also an opportunity to reflect on his remarkable journey from a UAG School of Medicine student to a highly accomplished family medicine doctor.
The Educational Odyssey
Dr. Vega's journey began with his undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico, a stepping stone that led him to UAG Sthe chool of Medicine in Guadalajara to pursue a medical education. He vividly recalls his time at UAG School of Medicine, where he embarked on a transformative path.

"I studied undergrad at the University of New Mexico, and I came to UAG in Guadalajara to study medicine here," Dr. Vega shared.

This bold step marked the beginning of a journey that would shape his career and life in profound ways. During his time at UAG School of Medicine, Dr. Vega engaged in invaluable experiences, including completing his internship and social service in Mexico. He reminisced, "I ended up doing my social service here in [Guadalajara], and then I did my internship here as well." 

These formative years in the heart of Mexico allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of healthcare dynamics and solidify his commitment to the field of medicine.

Dr. Vega's journey took an international twist when he conducted his social service in a small town in Sonora, Mexico. This experience provided him with a unique perspective on healthcare delivery in underserved communities—a perspective that would later influence his career choices.

Following his time at UAG School of Medicine, Dr. Vega returned to the United States to embark on the next phase of his medical career. He successfully navigated the challenging
USMLE exams, including Step 1 and Step 2. These milestones paved the way for his pursuit of further expertise and specialization.
A Dedicated Pursuit of Excellence
Dr. Vega's passion for healthcare and his unwavering dedication led him to delve into the world of medical research.
"I did research for two years with dialysis," he explained.
These years of research not only expanded his knowledge but also allowed him to contribute to the advancement of medical science. Armed with research experience and a deep commitment to patient care, Dr. Vega applied for residency and ultimately completed his residency in family medicine at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona. It was here that he embarked on a new chapter in his career, becoming a proficient family medicine doctor.

His journey came full circle as he chose to stay in Yuma, Arizona, and practice family medicine for six years. Dr. Vega's dedication did not end at patient care; he extended his influence by assuming the role of medical director for hospice care in Yuma. Furthermore, he collaborated with a home health group, ensuring that his impact on the healthcare community continued to grow.

A Fond Guadalajara Memory
As Dr. Vega revisited the city of Guadalajara, he fondly recalled a special memory—the place where he met his wife. "Guadalajara is a beautiful town with a lot of great memories for me," he shared. "Probably one that's most special is where I met my wife at a local restaurant here in town." Although the restaurant's name may have slipped his mind, the cherished memory of that meeting remained.

Advice for Aspiring Healthcare Professionals
Dr. Vega's journey from a UAG School of Medicine student to a successful family medicine doctor is a testament to his determination and unwavering commitment to his goals. When asked about his advice for current students and those considering careers in medicine and healthcare, he emphasized the importance of persistence and diligence.
"The biggest piece of advice is that you have to be very persistent, you have to be very diligent in what you do," Dr. Vega advised. He acknowledged that the path to a medical career can be challenging, requiring extensive studying and perseverance. "You have to be strong-willed and strong-minded to be able to get through it," he added.

Dr. Vega encouraged aspiring healthcare professionals not to be discouraged by the difficulties they might encounter along the way. "The goal is just to not be discouraged and to make sure that you can find a way to get to the end, and you will," he affirmed.

Dr. Jose Luis Vega III's remarkable journey serves as an inspiration to current and future generations of healthcare professionals. His unwavering commitment to the field of medicine and his dedication to making a difference in the lives of patients highlight the transformative power of education and determination. UAG School of Medicine takes pride in celebrating the success of alumni like Dr. Vega, whose accomplishments reflect the university's commitment to excellence in healthcare education.
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