Scholar Profile: Kryssia Campos
Rising 3rd Year Medical Student for the 2021-2022 academic year at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Kryssia Campos was born in El Salvador and migrated to the U.S. with her family when she was thirteen years old. The struggles she faced growing up as an undocumented queer immigrant empowered her to get involved in the immigrant rights movement and affirmed her passion for a career in medicine. In 2013, she earned a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA and is now a rising third-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. In her first year of medical school, she volunteered at Cristo Rey community clinic, one of the few clinics that serves Spanish Speaking patients in Lansing, MI. There, she assisted physicians by screening patients and taking their vital signs while occasionally, translating for patients during visits and assisting them in filling out paperwork.
Outside of school, Kryssia began volunteering with Queering Medicine, an organization that works to improve healthcare for the LGBTQ community of Lansing. She is currently collaborating on a research project with Dr. Hsieh and Dr. Shuster, professors at MSU, to explore the healthcare experiences of LGBTQ patients in the Lansing area.
“For many of us that are part of this community, going to the doctor might cause anxiety. Unfortunately, there is still a lot to do to ensure that every patient feels welcome and validated in healthcare settings.” – Kryssia Campos
Additionally, during her first year, she joined Spartan Street Medicine, a student-led organization that provides health care services for people experiencing homelessness. She was a member of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), where she had the opportunity to connect with other Latinx students in medicine, and at the end of the year was chosen to be the Co-President for the school’s LMSA chapter.
Ms. Campos is committed to becoming a physician to serve immigrant and LGBTQ patients and believes that in order to transform the health of underserved communities we must shed light on the way systemic inequalities affect people’s mental and physical health. She aims to leave an impact in as many ways as possible. Mentoring and empowering other students is extremely important to Ms. Campos, she believes it is her duty to pass down what she’s learned. Ms. Campos is very active in her community and continues to advocate for others who are underrepresented in the hopes that, through her work, she can give them a voice.