Hometown: Lake Ozark, MO
Undergrad: Saint Louis University
Med Specialty: Pediatrics, Pediatric Heme/Onc, Internal Medicine, or Family Medicine
Why I Chose MU: Hi everyone! Medical school applications can be a long and strenuous journey, but congratulations on making it this far in your education.
Mizzou Med offers an outstanding PBL curriculum that is unmatched when compared to other medical schools. Your education is primarily based on real patient cases, which is really cool because it teaches you both basic science information and clinical reasoning skills that will carry on throughout your physician careers. Although we're mainly learning basic science and clinical reasoning skills, we also learn more about how a patient's gender identity, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds might affect their overall plan of care, which is incredibly important to Mizzou Med's emphasis on patient-centered care and likely contributes to their high Step 1 scores. We also learn in groups with our peers, which helps promote good collaboration as we become more exposed to one another, learning about each other's journeys and backgrounds. Those same backgrounds might help you unpack a PBL case in ways you never expected. That, to me, easily makes Mizzou Med a top choice.
My experiences of living in a rural, medically underserved area have enabled me to understand the various health disparities and socioeconomic disadvantages these populations face. This understanding has led to me to enjoy volunteering and giving back to these communities in various ways, helping to make a difference in their lives. Mizzou Med offers countless volunteer opportunities, via interest groups and school-run clinics, like MedZou, that enable students to give back and help these very same populations. Overall, I think this aspect alone made Mizzou Med an attractive choice to attend medical school.
Overall, I chose Mizzou Med because it was close to home, and the administration and classmates here make medical school feel like home. As a prospective student, I aimed to find a medical school that also supported their students; not only academically, but emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally as well. Having experienced Mizzou Med, and talking to M2s and M3s, I can certainly say that the faculty, staff, administration, deans, and even my fellow classmates provide a great support system. I do not, and don't think I ever will, regret making my decision to attend Mizzou Med. It has been a wonderful experience and I wouldn't have it any other way.