Silvio Martinez first fell in love with medicine during a six-week service trip to Peru the summer before his sophomore year at UF. As he followed community health workers on their home visits to underserved patients, he began to see the barriers people face and the hope the field of medicine can offer.
A member of the Medical Honors Program at UF, Martinez has since seized opportunities to conduct research in epidemiology and infectious disease and has immersed himself in organizations such as Streetlight and Primary Care Progress to connect with people in the community and make his mark on health care.
“My parents always emphasized the power of education and how it can be a tool to build my new life in the U.S.,” says Martinez, who moved to Orlando at age 2. “They were the first in their families to receive a college education in Venezuela. They pushed me to reach high and to try to make a difference. That mindset changed my path because now whenever I see an opportunity, I jump at it.”