Kristine Nachbor


MS- Biological Science

Why I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School

I lived and worked on a sailboat, taking out pediatric oncology patients on sailing trips. I then moved to the UP where I dog-sledded and got my Master's degree. This was followed by a 2-year stint in Burkina Faso with Peace Corps where I taught and simultaneously conducted research on malnutrition in adolescents. After being accepted to UMN Medical School, I deferred for a year and went to Senegal to work with an international development organization. I highly value discovery and have continued to explore with research, student groups and volunteer programs while in medical school. When I asked to take an additional year-off to work with an international development organization, the UMN Medical School was excited and promoted continued learning. Through this, I realized that the University of Minnesota valued discovery and adventure, two things that are extremely important to me.

Year of Study


Medical interests

Research, Oncology (surgical vs. medical. Still undecided), Women's health, Pediatrics, Global medicine, Interdisciplinary Health teams, Medical Education

Community Involvement

MBA data competition, SCAN business competition, Global case competition, Global health student advisory board member, City of Mamba volunteer, AMA president, Microbiota club member, Medical students for Choice

Undergraduate institution:

Carleton College

Home region:

Plymouth, MN
Kristine Nachbor