2014 Equity Intern: Torrey Dooley

Dooley_Torrey_1_150Coming from an environment plagued by gangs and violence, Torrey Dooley managed to blaze his own path to success.

Torrey is originally from Southern California were lived until the age of 17. He was not always the good student he is now. Torrey dropped out of high school in the 9th grade, but still managed to obtain his GED.

Torrey spent 15 years in the workforce before returning to school: he is currently enrolled at George Fox University, working on his bachelor's degree in Nursing. As a future nurse, he looks forward to serving patients and making a difference.

"I chose to be a nurse because I love people. The relationships that nurses form with their patients can be special and can have a lasting impression. I want to make a positive difference in people's lives, especially since I know some of the challenges life comes with, and being a nurse will allow me to do that," he says.

As the father of two young boys, Torrey is intent on being a good role model. "I want to set an example for my sons, so when they get older they know that anything is possible if they put in the effort to make it happen. As a nurse, I will have the opportunity to work in a profession that embodies a strong love for community and family."

Torrey is focused on being a registered nurse, specializing in cardiac care. He understands the importance of gaining hands-on experience and the Summer Equity Research Internship Program is an important piece of that experience. "This internship will enhance my goal by giving me the opportunity to gain hands on experience working with patients, nurses and doctors learning about the most current ways to care for patients," he says.

In his spare time, Torrey enjoys helping those in need. He has volunteered in the emergency department at a local hospital, and served as a bus drive for a youth camp program. He also worked as a volunteer on several different community fundraisers and food drives for people experiencing homelessness. On top of being a full-time student, Torrey also is a music producer and artist.

"Another one of my life's passions is music. I use music to spread positive messages, and to give quality alternative to today's very edgy music. I also try to volunteer my time, whenever possible, to a good cause. I look for ways to help the people that get overlooked in today's society. I participate in food drives, fundraising events, health care events, and neighborhood clean ups. These are some ways I use to lend a hand to people to let them know someone cares."  

This summer, Torrey will be working with his faculty mentor, Kerri M. Winters, Ph.D., in the School of Nursing. "I am excited to work with Dr. Winters on a study that involves a survey of parents of pediatric oncology patients," he says.

To learn more about the OHSU Summer Equity Internship Program, contact David Martinez, Manager of Student Recruitment & Retention.

Posted on July 7, 2014. Write-up by Naod Aynalem. Photo by Maileen Hamto.