My interest in medicine stems from reading Camus’ The Plague before college, and I began shadowing a variety of doctors over the summer of my freshman year at Sewanee. After sophomore year, I worked for the summer at the Klinikum Rechts der Isar in Munich, Germany, shadowing in the OR, helping to take blood and change bandages. It was an incredible experience that allowed me to really explore the medical field while enjoying all the fun of a study abroad--even allowing me a little research experience. Preparing for AMCAS applications, I studied for and took the MCAT directly before senior year. I received one interview, but no acceptances.
After graduating from Sewanee in 2013 with a double major in Biochemistry and German, I dedicated tremendous effort to improving my application. From 2013-2014, I worked in pancreatic cancer research at Augusta University as a lab assistant, tutored basic science at East Georgia State College, and took some additional biochemistry classes. The following year, I completed Georgetown’s one year post-baccalaureate program (Special Master’s Program in Physiology and Biophysics). This program allowed me to correct for some weak spots in my undergraduate science resume and ultimately was a great boost to the academic side of my application. Following the completion of that degree in 2015, I worked as a CPR training coordinator for the American Heart Association and in clinical research with an emergency medicine physician from Georgetown. During this time, I continued shadowing, volunteering in the community and gaining additional clinical and research experience. I believe these activities helped improve my application, and I eventually received six interviews and three acceptances. At last, in 2016, I accepted an offer from Georgetown University School of Medicine and am excited beyond description to be joining the Class of 2020.