Rosa De La Torre, MDResident – Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine Residency
Rock Falls, IL
Social Determinants of Health
UIC College of Medicine at Chicago
Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos Graduate Student Recognition Award
Gold Humanism Honors Society
My passion for becoming a Family Medicine physician stems from my roots growing up as a first-generation Latina in rural Illinois and desire to serve underserved and vulnerable populations. Years before I learned about health disparities and social determinants of health in college courses, my family and I knew what it meant to live in a low-income, minority household with poor health literacy skills and minimal access to healthcare in our native language. With the support of my family and now husband, I followed my dream to become una doctora. Throughout medical school, I was involved in the Latinx community serving as a Spanish interpreter, advocate, educator, mentor, and researcher. I was also fortunate to have mentors who were committed in addressing health inequities and social injustices our patients encountered on a daily basis. Therefore, when the moment came to decide on a residency program, I knew UIC Family Medicine was where I was meant to be.