David DeFazio

"After my service with AmeriCorps, I am hoping to attend medical school."

Hometown:
Exton, PA

Educational Background:
BS - Biology, Penn State University; MS - Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University

Host Site:
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Why did you join NHC?
As someone looking to enter the medical field, NHC provided an unparalleled opportunity.  This was the best way for me to effectively "put myself in someone else's shoes" and truly understand the situations of a large patient population.  I also felt that the services provided by NHC were wonderful, and that this would be the best way for me to be proactive with my time.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my service with AmeriCorps, I am hoping to attend medical school.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
I had a wonderful experience serving with Food & Friends in Washington, DC.  This service provided personalized meals and groceries to community members living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses.  I was able to immerse myself in a very diverse population, and meet some incredible people along the way.  This experience was very rewarding and inspiring.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
As a student, I was a part of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON).  Through this organization we were able to work directly with a family affected by pediatric cancer.  Seeing the real effects of our efforts and the appreciation of this family and all of the other families involved made me eager to continue serving others whenever possible.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
I grew up outside of Philadelphia, so I am slightly biased. Philly is a wonderful city that is home to an extremely diverse population. I am sure that I will meet some amazing people during my time with NHC.

What’s your favorite food?
Pasta