Grace Bowden

Student of Health Law, UCLA School of Law

Grace Bowden graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in Women’s Studies and moved to California to complete a pre-medical post-bacc at Scripps College in preparation for medical school.  However, her experience at V-BID showed her that she was more interested in the legal and policy aspects of healthcare.  After interning at the California Women’s Law Center and working for a private investigator, Grace started law school at UCLA last fall to pursue a career in health law.

“Interning with V-BID wasn’t about making copies or getting coffee – I was able to get hands-on research experience that I couldn’t have gotten elsewhere.  Even though I was only an undergraduate, VBID let me work on a research study about women’s contraceptive health alongside several doctors.  Our findings were published and I got the opportunity to present our poster at the annual American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Conference.  To this day, it was one of the most exciting things I’ve gotten to be a part of.

The most valuable experience that I had during my time at V-BID was simply being around Dr. Fendrick and being a part of the V-BID community.  I was constantly exposed to new ideas and opportunities.  I was always encouraged to pursue whatever I was interested in and given the resources to do actually do it.  I was never put down or made to feel like my ideas were inferior.  They instilled a sense of confidence in me that I’ll carry with me my whole life. Because of V-BID, I’ve sought out opportunities that I might have previously thought were out of my reach.  I learned to be confident in my work and opinions, and to never be afraid of taking risks.

I would not be where I am today without the help of V-BID.  I was given access to all sorts of opportunities and learning experiences that I never would have been able to experience without V-BID.   Dr. Fendrick encouraged me to pursue my interests and was always connecting me with potential mentors or people in the field. The amazing thing is that once you’re a part of V-BID, you’re always a part of V-BID.  Even though I’ve left, they never stopped being my cheerleaders.  Whenever I’ve had a question or needed guidance, they always responded immediately and helped me out.  That type of mentorship my changed my life and I will always be grateful to V-BID for that.”