Meet Michael Gale
Name: Michael Gale
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Interests: Vision science research, retinal diagnostic imaging techniques, intercultural healthcare, Spanish medical interpreting, scuba diving, skiing
First-year medical student Michael J. Gale believes in the power of collaborative leadership, a lesson he attributes to his days as a student athlete at Oregon Episcopal School and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Even before beginning the M.D. program at OHSU, Michael became a part of the OHSU community, working as a researcher in the Casey Eye Institute and earning Leadership and Mentorship Recognition in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s Summer Equity Research Program in 2013.
As a bilingual English/Spanish speaker, Michael looks forward to being a physician who can use his language skills in service to the patients of Oregon. To this end, he’s already putting those skills to good use as a volunteer interpreter at Wallace Medical Concern, a Portland medical clinic that serves the needs of Portland and Gresham residents who have no insurance or face other barriers to care. He said, "I truly love the Portland community and all of the people that make it such a unique place. I also believe that any strong community is composed of distinct individuals that deserve exceptional healthcare, regardless of their personal background or socioeconomic status. I hope to use my bilingual language skills to offer more comprehensive medical care and emotional support to Spanish-speaking members of our local community."
Michael also hopes to continue his research in the fields of retinal degenerative diseases and clinical diagnostic ophthalmic imaging techniques throughout his medical education and beyond.