Post-graduate program: School of Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
M.D. graduation year: 2019
What are you doing now, career-wise (or what do you plan to do after graduating)?
I am a medical student at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Currently (May 2017), I am in my clinical rotations and doing pancreatic cancer research as a part of my scholarly project. I am also currently a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force as a part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program. I plan on specializing in general surgery and after residency will serve in the Air Force for four years. Upon completion of my service commitment I plan to practice general surgery in a rural area, hopefully even in my hometown of Klamath Falls.
What is one thing that you really appreciated about our program at Oregon Tech?
I really felt like the Health Sciences program did a fantastic job of preparing me for medical school. There was hardly anything we learned about in medical school that wasn’t at least touched on by the courses taught at Oregon Tech. Oregon Tech’s anatomy class helped make anatomy in medical school fun and not the onerous struggle it was for others. It was really great to have cadaver exposure before medical school as well.
The faculty at Oregon Tech was invaluable. They really make an effort to get to know each student and help us realize our potential as students and pre-health professionals. The small class sizes at Oregon Tech help facilitate active learning of material and often during class and labs students get one on one time with instructors that helps them strengthen their weak areas.
What advice would you give to a student in our program today?
While you are taking classes at Oregon Tech really try and learn the information they are teaching. Don’t just cram for a test, do whatever you need to so that most of the information sinks in. The things being taught come up over and over again and learning it right the first time will really help in the long run.
Also, don’t be in too much of a rush to get onto the next stage. Each step of the process to becoming a physician, dentist, pharmacist, etc. is significant and it’s so important to see the value in what you are doing. There are always opportunities to make a difference in the lives around you whether you are an undergraduate student, medical student, or even a physician.
Profile updated May 2017