What Students are Saying

 Ifeolu ‘Iffy’ Akinnola, Class of 2023, MD/PhD

lffyBorn and raised on the East Coast, Minnesota felt quite foreign to me. But, in my pursuit of a career as a physician scientist, I happily accepted an offer to join the U of MN MD/PhD Program. I saw both the medical and graduate schools as environments where students could receive quality training and help improve the quality of the university with the full support of faculty and staff. Read more... 

Anisa Suleiman, Class of 2021

Anisa SuleimanI chose UMN because I knew I would be trained to be the type of physician I wanted. I wanted great basic and clinical training, access to high quality facilities and mentors, and opportunities to learn from an urban underserved population. I knew if I wanted to do research I would have those resources and mentors and if I didn't, I wouldn't be required to. A big plus that I hadn't considered beforehand is that since we are the only medical students in the Twin Cities (and only med school in the state apart from Mayo) we are spoiled for choice when it comes to rotation sites, mentors, and research. We are not competing with other schools and so can select the experiences we want to have. My passion is health equity and during my years here I've found many amazing mentors and was able to select volunteer experiences and rotations at sites that would help me grow in that area. Read more...

Monica Ngo, Class of 2021

MonicaI chose the University of Minnesota because I vividly remember feeling welcomed during interview day; everyone was personable and easy to talk to. Our student tour-guide was happy as a medical student and had great things to say about finding good mentors. Furthermore, I had gone out of state for undergrad and was excited to move closer to family again for this chapter of my life. Now as an MS4, I can say all of the above have been true of my own experience. I’ve had mentors who have really advocated for me in providing me avenues for scholarship opportunities, research publications, and creative opportunities to serve the community I live in. Read more...

James Pathoulas, Class of 2022

 JamesI wanted to pursue LGBT+ healthcare advocacy, clinical research, and live in a progressive city—UMN has all of that! I also liked how the faculty at UMN are easily accessible and want to engage with medical students! I was a past leader of PRIDE in Healthcare, which is the LGBT+ student health professions group at UMN! The group is a great community of people who identify as LGBT+ or allies! The group has taken on a number of projects including advocacy to ban conversion therapy and ice cream socials during Pride month! Read more... 

Paul Cho, Class of 2023

Paul choI chose the University of Minnesota Medical School because of the great variety of research, clinical rotation sites, price, and the ability to stay close to friends. I love the fact that you can almost tailor your medical school experience to what you want here. With the fact that the UMN Medical School is one of only two medical schools in the state, there are so many resources the school has access to. I think it allows us to focus on specific interests in depth here and really start building a professional career in medicine right. Read more...

Alesandra Mendoza, Class of 2021

Alesandra Mendoza I chose the University of Minnesota for medical school for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the academic reputation and early clinical exposures of the U spoke for itself - I knew that I would receive an exceptional medical education that would prepare me well for residency and beyond. As the only med school in town, we have the opportunity to do our clinical learning in a variety of hospital settings - whether at the county hospital, the VA, our academic center here on campus, or a number of community hospitals in the area. We also have the opportunity to serve, partner with, and learn from diverse populations in the Twin Cities. Experiences like volunteering at the student-run Phillips Neighborhood Clinic or spending time in rural healthcare settings are valuable to our training and help us to become more culturally humble and compassionate physicians. Lastly, as an out-of-state student, the strong sense of community I felt on interview day was an important factor in my decision to attend the U for medical school. Read more... 

Brian Trieu, Class of 2024, MD/PhD

Brian Trieu I was seeking an institution that offered a high standard of training. Being the only medical school in the Twin Cities I knew UMN could offer diverse, comprehensive, and quality training regardless of whatever medical specialty I wanted to pursue. More importantly, as a native Californian, I wanted to train in an inclusive and equitable environment that could support a student who had no prior ties to Minnesota. From interview day until revisit, the sense of community and camaraderie was evident, and the positive energy from students and faculty was invigorating. I am delighted to say that these initial impressions have held and the community at UMN has enabled me to establish life-long colleagues and friendships. Read more...

Daryl Duran, Class of 2022

Daryl Duran I actually decided to apply to the University of Minnesota on a whim. One month before applying to medical school, I did a two week road-trip across the Midwest with a childhood friend to see parts of the country I had never seen. After spending three days in the Twin Cities area, I thought I could be happy living in Minneapolis and was inspired to apply to the medical school. It reminded me enough of the big city feeling that I was used to, while also having many differences that I could appreciate. After interviewing and being accepted early in the process, I decided that if I needed to leave my home state of New York that I would attend the U of M. Read more...

Edith Hernandez, Class of 2023, MD/PHD

Edith Hernandez As a dual degree applicant, the University of Minnesota was my top choice mostly due to the Medical Discovery Team in Addiction (MDT-A) on campus, an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to link basic research in the addiction field to new therapeutic developments for clinical application. As a physician scientist, my main focus lies in translational work in addiction focused on underrepresented minority populations that are heavily impacted by addiction, addictive behaviors, and the long-term impact associated with recovery. The MDT-A has shown me the incredibly collaborative nature of the Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry departments that work together to tackle this issue. I have no doubt that I made the perfect choice when choosing the University of Minnesota for both my medical and graduate studies through the University of Minnesota Medical School's MD/PhD Program. Read more... 

Fathima Mohamed, Class of 2025, MD/PhD

Fathima Mohamed

I choose the UMN due to the exceptional training that I would receive in both medicine and Immunology. Including the incredible resources and opportunities available to me as a medical student and graduate student. Lastly, I admired the sense of community and connection within the program. Read more...

 

 

Roberto Lopez Cervera, Class of 2025, MD/PhD

Roberto Lopez Cervera

As someone who is passionate about research and mental health,  I was drawn to the highly translational and cutting-edge neuroscience research at UMMS. Many institutions will claim they are translational, but within my first month at UMMS I found myself sitting in a room full of psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists at an internal conference. We discussed mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders and then had the privilege of listening to patients share their lived experiences. For anyone interested in translational neuroscience research, I highly recommend you get to know Dr. Sophia Vinogradov (Head, Department of Psychiatry) and Dr. Damien Fair (Director, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain). Read more...

Kyra Valentine, Class of 2022

Kyra Valentine

I chose the University of Minnesota because I was really impressed by the candor and self-awareness they demonstrated when discussing inequities and areas for growth within their own hospital system. Being somewhere with like-minded people who are always striving to do better in these areas is important to me. I have felt very supported throughout my medical journey by everyone in the administration, and I appreciate how willing my peers are to always offer help whenever it's needed. There is definitely a sense of community here at the U of M. Read more...

Chris Johns, Class of 2023

Chris Johns

I chose 'the U' for a few reasons. It’s nationally recognized academic prowess and deep emphasis on clinical development are areas that I believe will mold me into a competent compassionate physician. I knew going into the program that I will be taught the skills to lead a practice that is holistic, scientifically competent, and compassionate. Since matriculating I have been amazed by the effort put forth to ensure students are trained properly. When covid forced learning to an online platform faculty were reactive, adaptable and effective. It was empowering to know regardless of circumstances, UMN will make sure the students are prepared for our future careers.  Read more...