Student Corner: Carmelle Tsai

Jan. 1, 2013

Carmelle Tsai
Carmelle Tsai
  • Fourth-year medical student

Midway through her undergraduate studies at Olin College of Engineering, Tsai took a few classes in medical anthropology and became fascinated in how people view their own bodies through the lens of their culture. This new interest combined with her interest in working with children and doing international mission work convinced her to change her career path from engineering to medicine.

Now a fourth-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, her interest is focused in caring for children. She works with children at her local church, mentors inner-city at-risk youth and volunteers with a local anti-human trafficking organization.

Tsai surrounded by a group of children
Tsai surrounded by a group of children

Tsai is pursuing a residency in pediatrics and pediatric global health and recently won first place in the 2012 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Annual Essay Contest, which challenges medical students to submit a reflective writing piece related to humanism in medicine. Read Tsai's essay.

"I truly have a heart for the kids of Houston and am thankful that becoming a pediatrician gives me a very special venue to reach them and their families," said Tsai. "When I think back on how I got here, I am humbled and thankful that anyone would allow me to have the joy of being taught by the beautiful children that are my patients. Baylor College of Medicine has given me an irreplaceable gift in allowing me to be a student here. I love my job and I look forward to continuing to serve these kids for a lifetime as a resident and future physician!"