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Gunther Wong

United States Army
M.D Candidate, Class of 2025
School of Medicine

” I hope to share with Vanderbilt students the importance of duty – acknowledging that we have the privilege to study at a premier institution and with that comes an obligation for service to society.”

Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

I was an Infantry Officer in the Army from 2014-2021. I served a platoon leader and executive officer in the 10th Mountain Division and 3rd Ranger Battalion, deploying three times to Afghanistan, and as the operations officer with 5th Ranger Training Battalion. Through these assignments, I was privileged to serve with a diverse array of soldiers – sharing hardships and building relationships in the pursuit of a greater good. These bonds are the most exceptional part of
military service.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

I am excited to share my perspective with Vanderbilt students, and to also learn from their unique knowledge and perspectives. I hope to share with Vanderbilt students the importance of duty – acknowledging that we have the privilege to study at a premier institution and with that comes an obligation for service to society. I also hope to share my philosophy on leadership.

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

I have not chosen a specialty in medicine, but I plan to use the leadership principles I learned in the Army to lead and build healthcare systems that maximize patient benefit.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

This program is an opportunity to continue to serve by sharing the unique life experiences of military service with society’s future leaders and professionals.