Sungjae Park

Sungjae Park is a medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After receiving a nursing degree from Utah State University, he joined the Army in 2013 and served as a 68X (Behavioral Health Specialist) in Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. He cared for service members with emotional and behavioral struggles such as PTSD, depression, TBI, and drug addiction in the inpatient psych ward. While taking care of his patients, he started to feel that he wanted to do more than what a behavioral specialist could do for his patients. He decided to become a psychiatrist and help veterans for the rest of his life. In 2017, he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant (E5) and moved to New York City to go to Hunter College for a Human Biology degree. In 2020, he graduated from Hunter College with 4.0 GPA and High Honors. During the medical school application cycle, Sungjae was invited by 21 medical schools for interviews and received acceptance offers from 10 medical schools. The focus of his medical school application’s personal statement and interviews were how his military experiences positively influenced his leadership/communication skills and character. During the application process, he learned a lot about how to make himself stand out as a veteran applicant. Sungjae would like to mentor veterans who want to become a physician. He can help them with anything from MCAT prep to mock interviews.