University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
National Alumni Council Scholar
Karla Garcia-Huerta’s first career after college was as a middle school teacher. In that role, she found herself serving not only as an educator, but also as a counselor, advocate, and interpreter for her students and their parents. She worked with many students who struggled with mental illness and she felt powerless seeing how few resources were available for them.
Karla’s decision to go to medical school grew out of a desire to do even more to help underserved communities, a commitment she considers her life’s mission. She decided to become a psychiatrist focusing on children and adolescents, believing that effective early intervention can have a ripple effect on the lives of youth like her former students by preventing the myriad problems that resulted from their untreated developmental and behavior disorders.
Dr. Garcia-Huerta graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine last spring and is now a resident in psychiatry. She is planning to pursue a child psychiatry fellowship after residency, and work with children and teens in underserved communities.