Degree:

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Why I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School

I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus because it was the school that best felt like a home to me. Growing up in rural Minnesota, I knew that I wanted to continue my education in a place that valued rural life and people, and I also sought to give back to the area I grew up in. Being educated at one of the finest rural medicine institutions in the country will allow me to do this, and will help me to best develop the skills I need in order to be successful in my future medical practice. Additionally, the bond I share with my classmates is truly unique. Having a small class, it is easy to develop relationships with nearly everyone, and it truly fosters a sense of community. Student-made flashcards, study guides and other documents shared amongst the class really instill a sense that everyone wants everyone else to succeed, rather than promoting tight competition. I wouldn't change my decision to attend this school.

Research experience

I am involved in Dr. Melissa Walls' research project involving studying the rates of concordance of diabetic care guidelines amongst Minnesota Native American communities. This project is ongoing in nature.
Medical Interests: 
I am interested in rural medicine, specifically rural family medicine. This specialty first inspired me to go into medicine, and being that both family medicine and rural medicine are underserved, it is a great way that I can give back one day. In addition, I would like to continue to explore internal medicine and emergency medicine in rural settings.

Community Involvement

Through my Rural Academy of Leadership elective course at the medical school, I volunteer my time both at the HOPE (Health of People Everywhere) Clinic for homeless individuals in Duluth, as well as at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School in Duluth.

Undergraduate institution:

Concordia College in Moorhead

Home region:

Crookston, MN

Interests:

I enjoy playing sports, especially basketball. I also enjoy traveling, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
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