A magazine for friends of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

MD in the Making


Anatomy of a PLME.

Yao Liu ’15 MD’19 applied to Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education, which grants admission to Alpert Medical School, to become a doctor. But two first-semester courses refined his goals. Economics got him thinking about social ventures that “use business thinking to achieve systems change”; anthropology opened his eyes to how poverty and other circumstances impact health even more than access to care. “I want to use human understanding as a clinician … to chip away at the structural issues that prevent people from living healthy and prosperous lives,” says the Portland, OR, native.

As an undergrad concentrating in biology and economics, Liu has worked on health care policy in the government and nonprofit spheres and volunteered with MED International, an NGO started by Jayson Marwaha ’14 MD’18, to build sustainable business models in African hospitals. “I like the idea of taking action,” he says. Closer to home, Liu makes campus a better place with ice cream socials, homemade cookies, and karaoke. “I’m always singing a song.”


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