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 Leopoldine Matialeu, MD

I grew up in Cameroon and moved to the United States in 2005. I encountered many challenges, during my transition, including learning English, acclimating to the culture, and dealing with homelessness. I attended Cañada College and obtained my bachelor in biochemistry and MD degree from UC Davis where I also participated in the Rural PRIME program, one of the underserved leadership tracks. I feel very fortunate to be part of the combined program at UCSD.  I chose combined training because of its holistic approach, which addresses both the mental and physical aspect of care.

As a combined resident, navigating between two specialties has been a mind opening and rewarding experience. As I continue on this journey, I’m excited for the realm of possibilities for my career and would like to explore my interests in women’s health, refugee health, and global health. I’m also interested in issues facing the African, African American, refugee, and immigrant communities.  My training so far has enabled me to progress towards my goal to use my combined skills to help decrease chronic illness and mental health burden in underserved communities.

I’m a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Student to Service Loan Repayment Program and look forward to giving back to underserved communities in California during my required three years of service after residency training. Outside of residency, I enjoy Latin music/dancing, karaoke, hiking, traveling, cooking, wine tasting, trying out new foods, and spending time with loved ones.