About Me

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Hello there, my name is Andrew!

A graduate of the University of Michigan, I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to the U.S. in 2000. I came to Ann Arbor with a heavy heart – I grew up rooting for the Buckeyes – but was quickly converted into a Wolverine (but for my Ohio friends, I really still do call Ohio home).

During college, I was a pre-med student majoring in neuroscience and political science. After graduating in 2012, I stayed in Ann Arbor to work as a freelance videographer and video producer, while helping to serve and lead a small group at a local church.

My time at Michigan allowed me to explore interests and personal passions, including photography, social media, comparative politics, and design. Although I will soon become a doctor (for real!), it is still my desire to continue to cultivate these other passions of mine.

After a short stay in Cincinnati, Ohio, I am currently living in the beautiful city of Detroit, Michigan, in my final year as a medical student at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. In the future, I hope to be a pediatrician, with a long-term interest of serving underprivileged communities and pursuing local and international medical missions.

This page is designed to further explore my interest in photography and videography, even while most of my time is spent studying and/or in the hospitals. Please feel free to explore the site, or even better, drop by and say hello with the contact from below!

Medicine

If I could summarize my passion for medicine in a short phrase, it’s this: It’s all about people.

“There is a sacred trust that is foundational in the relationship between physicians and patients. It is not a trust built only upon the competency of the physician, but also on the concern the physician demonstrates for the welfare of the patient. Physicians do not operate in a laboratory-like vacuum. Rather, the patients they see come from different backgrounds and situations, often with needs that are both physical and emotional in nature. While a physician’s primary concern should be the physical health of the patient, he or she is also at times best positioned to provide emotional, psychological, or even spiritual care in the midst of tragic and difficult circumstances…

“This is what really drew me to medicine. The medical field is much more than prescriptions and pills. Medicine has the potential to communicate compassion and love to those in need, and patients look to their physicians for both medical expertise and genuine care… Particularly, I would like to work with underprivileged and vulnerable populations both here in the United States and abroad. The experiences I have had working with such communities have by far been the most fulfilling in my journey towards developing a calling for medicine. For many in such circumstances, there is a longing for something greater than mere relief from physical ailments. Many are desperately seeking assurance, hope, love, and encouragement, longing to know that they are of worth and that someone cares for them. Medicine is a way through which I would like to be able to communicate God’s love to those who need to experience it the most.”

CV

My most up-to-date curriculum vitae can be downloaded here. For further questions, please feel free to contact me at andrew@ajdarm.com.

Photo credit: Kasey Samuel Adams Photography

Blog

If you’re interested in getting to know me more personally, check out my personal blog! They tend to be far more reflective and religious in nature (and sometimes a little bit rambly too!), but I know that I personally value this type of painful honesty.

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s cool too, but if you are interested, please drop a visit and say hi!

Photo credit: Zach Ahn