Why I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School
One of the main reasons that I chose to attend medical school at the Duluth campus was because of its small class size. I know each of my classmates and believe that it was this strong sense of community between us that made my transition into medical school much easier that I expected! The faculty and staff are also incredibly approachable and helpful; I truly feel that the students have a voice that is valued here. Plus, Duluth students have access to all of the same "big school" resources as students who complete Years 1 & 2 on the Twin Cities campus. I was also attracted to how quickly students in Duluth get to interact with patients. By October of my first semester, I was performing physical exams on and taking medical histories from people other than my classmates! Duluth students gain hands-on experience in clinical settings via the local preceptorship program, which begins in December of the first year, and in the Rural Medical Scholars Program, which begins in January of the first year. Applying skills and knowledge learned in the classroom in a clinic setting so early on in my medical education has been amazing.
During college and for two years after graduating, I worked in a lab studying congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in an animal model and testing potential vaccine targets to prevent CMV transmission. In graduate school I conducted research in a community setting regarding local perceptions and opinions on sexual health education for area youth and young people.
OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Women's Health, and the intersection of public health and medicine
Medical students at the Duluth campus have the opportunity to volunteer at a free, student-run clinic that operates out of a local shelter by enrolling in the Rural Academy of Leadership (RAL) elective course. This clinic, called the Health of People Everywhere (HOPE) Clinic, serves our neighbors in Duluth who are experiencing homelessness. I have volunteered at the HOPE Clinic since the fall of 2018 and will serve as the HOPE Clinic Director for the 2019-2020 academic year. I also serve my medical school community as the MS1 Vice President.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Running, hiking, time on the lake with friends and family, board games, live music, and exploring new breweries.