Student Corner: Quianta Moore

March 1, 2012

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  • Fourth-year medical student
  • First M.D./J.D. dual degree program graduate

Moore has always had an interest in health policy and access to health care issues. However, as she learned more about health care policy, she realized that most of the people making the decisions about reform were lawyers, not doctors. She felt that without actually practicing medicine, it is difficult to understand all of its complexities. She also felt physicians who have been involved in policy work and advocacy could be more effective if they knew the "language" of attorneys and the intricacies of the legal system. She decided that if she was serious about impacting health care reform she would need both degrees.

The skills she learned in law school will help her become a better advocate for health care reform, but will also make her a better physician. She can now see all sides to an issue and develop reasonable solutions. Law school also helped to improve her analytical and writing skills.

"I had an amazing experience in the M.D./J.D. program between BCM and the University of Houston Law Center. The faculty at both institutions were incredibly supportive, and I have learned so much about health law, policy and legislation," Moore said.

Moore has three children – a 3-year-old and a set of 1-year-old twins. She has been a member of the admissions committee for several years and is currently a member of the BCM ophthalmology society.

She hopes to do her residency in ophthalmology.