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Bianka Aceves Martin (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of California, Riverside School of Medicine


Bianka is a third-year medical student at UC Riverside School of Medicine in Riverside, CA. In 2016, she graduated from University of California-Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Spanish. She enjoys visiting family, hiking, and trying out new food in her free time. After graduating from medical school, Bianka would like to pursue a career in family medicine and community health.




From Child Interpreter to Student Physician

I learned English out of necessity — not only for myself but also for my family. I grew up in Mexico and moved to a small Northern California town at the age of eight. When we moved to the United States, I was placed in an English-speaking classroom with no one who spoke Spanish. Necessity forced me to learn English quickly and, as a result, I became my family’s unofficial interpreter, including at their medical appointments. It was the necessity that forced me to learn how to fill out official paperwork in English, how to navigate social services after my sister was diagnosed with autism and how to speak with physicians and nurses. 

Bianka Aceves Martin (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of California, Riverside School of Medicine


Bianka is a third-year medical student at UC Riverside School of Medicine in Riverside, CA. In 2016, she graduated from University of California-Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Spanish. She enjoys visiting family, hiking, and trying out new food in her free time. After graduating from medical school, Bianka would like to pursue a career in family medicine and community health.