Our AMO team is growing! Meet the newest addition to the team, Juan! We now have five AMO advisors, all of whom are ready to help you find the perfect clinical experience.

Juan, who is originally from Texas, migrated to the Windy City to pursue his undergraduate degree at Loyola University. During his time there, he was an active member of the student body and helped start an academic scholarship for DACA students. Although he is new to the world of clinical experience advising, Juan is no stranger to AMO. He first served as an intern with the AMO Programs Team where he helped build prospective preceptor relationships. Some of Juan’s work with the team led to the creation of new clinical experiences! Outside of the office, Juan spends his time reading and writing, running on the lakefront, and learning about consumer trends.

Read our Q&A with Juan to find out more about him, including his secret talent and his dream travel destination!


If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Juan: The SpongeBob SquarePants opening song.


What’s your favorite place to eat in Chicago?

J: Al Bawadi Grill. I love Arabic food!


If you could change three things about the United States with the wave of a magic wand, what would they be?

J: I would eliminate homelessness, change the K-12 public education system, and improve our healthcare system.


If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

J: I want to go to Australia. I would take a road trip through the Outback to see Uluru during the sunset.


What fictional place do you dream of visiting?

J: Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross in London (from Harry Potter). Does that count?


If you could have the real answer to one question, what would you ask?

J: I would probably ask, ‘What created the universe we live in today?’


If you could talk to any historical figure, who would it be? What would you talk to him or her about?

J: Andrew Carnegie. I think his article, ‘Gospel of Wealth,’ is an excellent analysis of income inequality. I would ask him what ways we can improve the living conditions of the masses.


Which of your personality traits has been most useful in your life so far?

J: Definitely my curiosity and inquisitiveness.


Do you have any random talents?

J: I can balance a stack of books on my head with ease.


What excites you about being an AMO Advisor?

J: What excites me the most is being able to build a relationship with our visitors. I am also excited to see how I can utilize their feedback to guide and help strategize how we develop relationships with institutions hosting our visitors.


What’s one new thing you’re learning now, and why is it important?

J: I am learning how the structure of medical education varies from country to country and the various medical specialties in existence. Growing my knowledge in these areas is important because it will help me understand what skills our visitors must learn during their clinical experiences.


AMO Advisor Juan, in Chicago.

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