Katie Duncan

Why I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School

While I am a tried and true Minnesotan, I take every chance I get to travel and see as much of this beautiful world as I can. I find that the most prominent memories of my life can be attributed to times I've shared with others, and I think relationships are as crucial to livelihood as food and water. One of my favorite things to remind myself every day is that each person you meet knows something that you do not, and even the simplest of interactions teach you something whether you recognize it or not. I am a lover of food, pets, yoga, family, wine, fashion, music, journaling, and (of course) science! Part of my decision to attend the University of Minnesota Medical School was simply geographic -- I grew up here and love the change in seasons, it is my undergraduate institution (go Gophers!), and I get to be close to family and friends. That said, I am quite certain my decision would have been the same even without those factors. The students and faculty here create such a dedicated, receptive, and uplifting environment. In a very academically competitive discipline, the UMN Medical School has managed to encourage excellence in a non-competitive and supportive way. There are so many resources at our fingertips to help us in both our education and our personal wellbeing. On my interview day, admissions took the time to genuinely thank us applicants for all of our hard work and dedication leading up to that point, and I will never forget that. I left feeling as though everyone at this University whole-heartedly wanted to see me succeed, and this sentiment has only grown stronger now as a student. The UMN Medical School has a sense of community that goes above and beyond other schools, and I feel truly lucky to be a part of it. Beyond general questions, I'm happy to answer questions about: Being a re-applicant, navigating mental illness during medical school

Year of Study


Medical interests

Largely undecided, however leaning towards OB/Gyn or Surgery! I am passionate about mental health, women's health, and disability awareness.

Community Involvement

Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) volunteer, Admissions Student Ambassador, Project Chance volunteer, Women in Medicine (WIM), White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL), and Wellbeing Committee (WBC).

Undergraduate institution:

University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Home region:

Bloomington, MN
Katie Duncan