Skip to main content

Cañada Alum Isaiah Roggow Prepares for Med School


Roggow will focus on primary care for the needy



Former Cañada College student Isaiah Roggow has been accepted to the UC Riverside School of Medicine where he will study to become a primary care physician.

Roggow will be part of UC Riverside’s inaugural medical school class. The UC Riverside School of Medicine is California’s first new public medical school in four decades.

“My intention is to become a primary care physician, likely in family medicine, and work in a medically underserved area,” Roggow said. “I will be able to leverage my training in nutrition to better serve my patients.”

Roggow attended Cañada for several years before transferring to UC Davis in 2010. “Cañada has a strong honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, and the leadership and interpersonal skills I gained were put to good use at UC Davis,” he said. “It was through PTK and my subsequent projects that assisted me in preparing for medical school.”

In addition, Roggow said faculty and staff at the college were eager mentors. Cathy Lipe, coordinator for the Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Program worked with Roggow to make thoughtful choices about his academic path towards a career in medicine.

Roggow was part of the MESA program and was a tutor for the school’s award-winning Math Jam program. He also tutored biology, English, and economics and was the co-founder of the Latino Empowerment Alliance, which worked toward increasing awareness in the school’s Latino population about the opportunities available at Cañada.

As a member of Cañada’s Pre-Med Club, Roggow helped promote the American Medical Student Association’s annual conference held in Davis, which he would later work for when he transferred to UC Davis. “Working for the AMSA Conference greatly enhanced my networking and organizational skills, which played an important role in being accepted to UC Riverside’s School of Medicine.”

If Roggow could offer one piece of advice to current Cañada students it would be to sit in the front of class, study hard, and find a faculty mentor. “There are so many resources available to help students succeed and the faculty is willing to help students. I had about seven mentors at Cañada, and each had a unique perspective, but they all helped me achieve my academic goals.”

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Join us for Artistry in Fashion on Saturday, Sept. 28

Have you ever dreamed about being a fashion designer? Do you enjoy the fun and creativity that goes into designing beautiful clothing? If you are a fashionista – or even if you’re not, come join us at Cañada College on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 am to 4 pm for the 22nd annual Artistry in Fashion event.

Since 1991, the Cañada College Fashion Department has hosted Artistry in Fashion, bringing together fashion lovers, students, faculty, and premier local designers and fabric artists for an exciting day of fashion and creativity, all for the benefit of student scholarships and materials. Don’t miss a dazzling fashion show by esteemed fashion educator and Director of the Center for Pattern Design, Sandra Ericson. Learn what it takes to become a fashion designer from Cañada's acclaimed fashion instructors. You'll also have the opportunity to buy clothing, jewelry, and other fashions on sale from more than 60 local designers.

Admission is only $10 and benefits the Canada College Fashio…

Alaa Aissi Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

2014 Cañada Graduate Alaa Aissi has been awarded the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship from UC Berkeley. The scholarship is the most prestigious and the highest honor awarded by the university to an undergraduate. It attracts, retains, and graduates the most sought-after students in the world. After the pool of over 90,000 Cal applicants is thoroughly reviewed, only the top 1 percent of incoming students are invited to be interviewed by Berkeley faculty. From there only two hundred students receive the scholarship. Benefits of the scholarship include a Faculty Mentor, research fellowship opportunity, further networking with faculty and fellow scholars throughout their academic careers, along with a monetary award. Upon receiving this honor, Alaa expressed, “I am humbled by the opportunity to have received this scholarship and to be a part of the Regents’ and Chancellor¹s Scholars Association. I am looking forward to being lauded at the Chancellor¹s residence at this fall’s recept…

Learning English Led to a New Life for Redwood City’s Patricia Segura

After moving from Mexico five years ago, Patricia Segura knew she would have to master English to stay in the United States, find a job, and fulfill her goal of studying to become a nurse. But without command of the language, going to college seemed impossible.

“When I decided to stay in this country, I wanted to keep studying as I was doing in my country,” she said. “Learning English became a new short-term goal in my life. I wanted to study English in college but I had to start from the beginning.”

She began taking community-based English courses offered by Cañada College at Sequoia High School. Later she moved to John Gill Elementary School to take a course because her nephew was in the class. When she finished her course at John Gill, Segura’s professor helped her sign up for the first level of English as a Second Language at Cañada College.

“When I started at Cañada, my goal was to learn English to find a job,” she said. “Now I'm pursuing my goal of becoming a nurse. The more I …