What Students are Saying

Osereme (Reme) Abulu, Class of 2023

Osereme (Reme) Abulu I chose the University of Minnesota because it was the one medical school that took a chance on me and accepted me. I used to feel shame about only getting one acceptance, but realized that I ended up where I was meant to be!  I like the dynamic of my class, we are really collaborative and supportive of one another's learning. We have mini rotations (POCC) starting in spring of 1st year, and I loved being able to see patients and start learning how to be a “real” doctor. When classes got hard, POCC was a great reminder of why I went to medical school. I also really like our clinical course Foundations of Clinical Thinking, it was a cool way to apply concepts learned in class to real life scenarios. Read More...

Sinibaldo Romero Arocha, Class of 2028 (MD/PhD)

Sinibaldo R. Romero Arocha Although I was born and raised on a tropical island, Minnesota has always felt like home. I like how nice and hard-working people are here. I was drawn to the UMN Medical School for several reasons. Our MSTP has a stellar reputation for producing high-caliber physician-scientists. On the medical school side, I liked the class size, the number of hospitals available for us to learn from, and the population that our hospital systems serve. As an immigrant, I take great pride in attending an institution that serves many patients from a similar background. After my first year of medical school, my peers and faculty continually remind me that I made the right choice. Read More...

Courtney Cotsonas, Class of 2024, Duluth Campus Medical School

Courtney Cotsonas  I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus because of the mission to train family physicians with an emphasis on rural medicine and Native American Health. One enticing piece of UMD’s curriculum was the early clinical exposure with courses such as the Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP), the Summer Internship in Medicine (SIM), and our Family Medicine Preceptorship (FMP); and as it turns out, my time in the clinic during this past year were some of the most rewarding weeks of my first year of medical school. Read More...

Cody Hou, Class of 2024

Cody Hou I chose the U because of its proximity to family and friends, pass-fail curriculum, diverse research opportunities, and flexible schedule for graduation. Having attended school for a year, there are so many supportive physicians who are excited to mentor medical students and work on research projects, and my mentors actively care about my growth and success. Although COVID-19 threw a wrench into our first year, the school still held anatomy labs in person for us (which was not the case at many other medical schools) and held POCC (pre-rotation clerkships) in the spring. I feel that the school strongly cares about the quality of our education. Read More...

Anna Dovre, Class of 2022

Anna Dovre I joined the board of PRIDE in Healthcare during my first year, hoping to meet other queer health professions students and get plugged into local advocacy efforts - and I'm so glad that I did! I also got to be a member of White Coats for Black Lives during my first two years, and have continued to feel energized by the ongoing passion and dedication of my fellow students to creating a culture of anti-racism in medicine. Phi Chi and Med Students for Choice were also great experiences that allowed me to meet some incredible folks. Read More...

Dominique EarlandClass of 2027, MD/PhD

dominique earlandI chose this school because of the support and culture of the UMN MSTP program. I was looking for a leadership team and mentors that would support my non-traditional research interests in epidemiology. The students of the program are very supportive and are at the forefront of improving our institution. I could not ask for a better community. Read more...

Tou Sue Thao, Class of 2022

Tou Sue ThaoBeing born and raised in the Twin Cities, I wanted to learn from and work with the selfless people that have served my community throughout my life. Additionally, the learning environment here in Minnesota that focuses on health equity/inequality and the opportunities that come with being the only medical school in a major metropolitan were major draws for me. Read more...

Elizabeth Okafor, Class of 2025, MD/PhD

okaforI chose UMN because of the institution's commitment to infectious diseases and global health, both in the realm of research and medical training. Several mentors of mine received their training at Minnesota and spoke highly of the program. Combining the training opportunities available to me and recommendations from mentors I trust solidified my decision to attend UMN. Read more...

 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... 

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...

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...