Class of 2022
Undergraduate school attended and Major:
University of Minnesota; BSc Biochemistry
Favorite activities to do in the Twin Cities?
Trying different restaurants. There are so many different places to eat, it’s pretty much limitless.
Why did you choose the University of Minnesota Medical School and what do you like about it?
Having gone to the University of Minnesota for undergrad, I was very familiar with the University of Minnesota Medical School. As a premedical student at the university, I was able to interact with a number of medical students who seemed to really enjoy being at the medical school. I learned that the medical school was very open about listening to the needs of its students which was very important to me. The medical school curriculum as well as the myriad of healthcare facilities in the Twin Cities with only one medical school in the area meant that even in the preclinical years of medical school, I would have ample opportunities to participate in clinical medicine. This was very enticing to me and proved to be an invaluable opportunity for me once medical school started.
What is the relationship between the students and the surrounding community?
There are so many different ways for students to build relationships with the surrounding community. One way a lot of students take advantage of this is through student run free clinics. There are a number of free clinics in the area that students have the opportunity to volunteer with to help provide care for patients under the supervision of an attending physician. As students spend more time volunteering in these free clinics, they build better relationships with their patients and this goes a long way in developing the patient-doctor relationship. There are also numerous organizations that may or may not be related to healthcare that students can be a part of allowing them to connect better with the surrounding community.
Have you participated in any student organizations? If so, why did you select those organizations and what has been your experience?
One of the organizations I had the pleasure of being a part of was the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Serving as a Co-Chair of the Mentorship Program for the University of Minnesota Medical School chapter was a great experience. It allowed me to develop as a leader all the while doing something that I loved, which was mentoring the next generation of future physicians. Helping students craft their medical school applications, prepare for interviews and so much more was very fun and rewarding. As someone who has and continues to receive mentorship on my journey, it was only fitting that I pay it forward, and being a Co-Chair of the SNMA Mentorship Program allowed me to do that and so much more.