Matt Camarillo now holds an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, thanks to a strong start in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. He points to his time at The University of Texas at Austin as the ideal launch for his medical studies.
“Everything I learned I was able to carry over to medical school and orthopedic residency,” he said. “My undergraduate experiences gave me a great foundation for my future career.”
As a freshman I had the opportunity to serve as a student athletic trainer in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. It was the perfect situation since I’d always really wanted to be involved in a combination of sports and medicine. Thanks to the guidance of Allen Hardin and Brian Farr I took on that role while mainlining my academic schedule, all the while working toward the goal of going to medical school. They also gave me the opportunity to major in chemistry as well so I could complete the prerequisites for medical school.
I visited a couple of campuses, but when they gave me the opportunity to work as a student athletic trainer at UT it was a no brainer at that point. My family all graduated from UT and I love the whole atmosphere of Austin. The fact that the university and college gave me so much help in completing my education was also really the driving factor.
Life After UT
After graduation I went to the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. During my fourth year Gov. Rick Perry appointed me student regent for the UT System Board of Regents. When I completed that program in 2008, I did my orthopedic residency at the University of Houston trauma center. This was an intensive five-year program that focused on the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. I finished there in 2013. Currently I’m at the University of Kentucky doing a sports medicine fellowship, which is a dedicated year of training in sports medicine, specifically for knee and shoulder injuries. Next year I’m returning to University of Houston as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
Advice for Students
Follow your goals. Take advantage of all the opportunities you have as an undergrad. Take advantage of the professors and everything available to you. Explore. Don’t be too set on one thing. Keep your mind open to the new and different because things may pop up during your education that may actually change your life and change your career path.