Name: Anisa Suleiman
Class: Class of 2021
Favorite activities to do in the Twin Cities:
My favorite thing about the Twin Cities is the access to both city entertainment and stunning nature. I love driving to a nearby state park and going for a hike or setting up a hammock and lounging near the river. I also love paddleboarding on a local lake, I usually rent them from UMN which makes it really affordable.
Why did you choose the University of Minnesota Medical School and what do you like about it?
I chose UMN because I knew I would be trained to be the type of physician I wanted. I wanted great basic and clinical training, access to high quality facilities and mentors, and opportunities to learn from an urban underserved population. I knew if I wanted to do research I would have those resources and mentors and if I didn't, I wouldn't be required to. A big plus that I hadn't considered beforehand is that since we are the only medical students in the Twin Cities (and only med school in the state apart from Mayo) we are spoiled for choice when it comes to rotation sites, mentors, and research. We are not competing with other schools and so can select the experiences we want to have. My passion is health equity and during my years here I've found many amazing mentors and was able to select volunteer experiences and rotations at sites that would help me grow in that area.
What would you change (areas of development) about the University of Minnesota Medical School?
I have seen many significant positive changes while I have been at UMN and feel that an opportunity for development that remains is representation of BIPOC faculty members and forming a strong trusting relationship with BIPOC communities. Processes for thoughtful and humble restorative justice both within the medical school as well as with the community are an area of urgent need and I'm excited to see the progress UMN will make in this area.
Have you participated in any student organizations? If so, why did you select those organizations and what has been your experience?
I have participated in several student organizations including SNMA and White Coats for Black Lives. Working with like minded students on shared interests was a highlight of my medical school experience. Being able to tackle the issues I'm most passionate about with the support of my classmates and administration has been an integral part of my learning during medical school. From Health Equity week, the Foundations of Health Equity elective, various lunch lectures, and community events like the SNMA Health Fair, I have had the opportunity to explore what type of activism I want to dedicate my career to.