Post-graduate program: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest.
D.O. graduation year: 2019
What are you doing now, career-wise (or what do you plan to do after graduating)?
I am currently in my 2nd year of medical school at Western U COMP-NW, where I am preparing to take my first set of licensing exams (COMLEX/USMLE). After those are completed in June, I will be moving up to Portland to begin my clinical rotations as a 3rd year medical student. Upon graduation, I would love to stay in the Pacific Northwest for residency in either Orthopedic Surgery or Pediatric Sports Medicine.
What is one thing that you really appreciated about our program at Oregon Tech?
The Biology-Health Sciences program at Oregon Tech provided me with a fantastic education that has proven to be of great use in medical school- primarily the emphasis of critical thinking and problem solving from the professors. Education aside, my favorite aspect of the program at Oregon Tech is the family-like environment. All of the professors have an open-door policy and are more than willing to sit down with students to talk through tough subjects or to simply give advice.
What advice would you give to a student in our program today?
Enjoy the process. It’s a long journey to becoming a health professional and it’s necessary to take time for family, friends, and hobbies. Additionally, find a program that you’re passionate about and volunteer- don’t do things just because you think they will look good on a resume or application. Finally, don’t be afraid to reach out to older students, alumni, and faculty about what are the necessary steps to applying to professional school. It can be an overwhelming process and having the guidance of someone who has been through the process is a huge reassurance.
Profile updated Mar 2017