Gary Mueller, MD, and Carolyn R. Mueller, PhD, RN, Honors College-Medical School Scholarship
Q: How has this scholarship assisted in your education?
A: This scholarship has provided me with the ability to focus more on my education and worry less about finances, which has proven invaluable during this time. Knowing that someone believes in me enough to help support my education provides even more motivation for me to be successful. I was able to purchase technology that I would not have been able to otherwise, which has assisted me greatly in my studies. The support I have received brings me closer to my goal of practicing medicine.
Q: What are your career goals?
A: Pursuing medicine has been a dream of mine for quite some time. While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I was fortunate to be able to work in the emergency department as an EMT. This experience helped me realize my interest in emergency medicine and acute care. I also have a strong desire to work with nonprofit organizations and travel abroad to help provide medical care to those who do not otherwise have access.
Q: What are your extracurricular activities and hobbies?
A: I am currently serving as the director of specialty services for the MedZou Community Health Clinic. Before I began medical school, I was actively involved at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center as a barn manager, and now I continue volunteering when I am able. In my spare time, I enjoy playing piano, spending time with family, being outdoors and cooking.
Q: What else can you tell us about yourself?
A: Beginning medical school during a pandemic was less than ideal; however, having the opportunity to begin medical school at the University of Missouri trumped that hurdle. I chose Mizzou because of its commitment to collaboration and to its students. These qualities have shown through during these times. The School of Medicine has collaborated with students and worked hard to ensure the best learning environment possible despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic. Being able to participate in PBL, even in these times, I feel that I have learned so much in such a short time. I feel truly lucky that I am able to call MU School of Medicine my home.
Q: What message would you like to send to your scholarship sponsor?
A: Thank you so much for your generosity and support. It means the world to know that someone has the confidence in me to help support my education. Your support has helped allow me to focus on my education as a future physician rather than worry about the financial stressors that accompany medical school.