nicoleWhat degree are you currently pursuing?
I am pursuing an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics.

What kind of work are you currently involved in?
While in graduate school, I have been working part-time at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in the Department of Medicine. This experience has been rewarding and has allowed me to get an inside look at medical training. I interact with medical students, residents, and physicians. I have also learned more about the process of becoming a physician.

What advice would you give current or prospective students looking to get into your line of work?
I would advise students to network and take advantage of events and activities that allow them to meet different people. Some of my past experiences were made possible due to relationships I made through networking at school events. Also, I believe it is very important for a student interested in medicine to find a volunteer opportunity they are passionate about. For me, I became involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a camp counselor. This experience confirmed my passion for wanting to enter the field of medicine.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?
While applying to professional school can seem overwhelming at times, its important to not feel defeated! Surround yourself with family and friends who can help you along the way. Georgetown's programs are a great pathway for students that want to further their education and learn more about medicine. I am grateful I took the opportunity to attend graduate school at Georgetown. I feel much more prepared for the next phase of my life.

What are your current academic interests and foci?
In the Fall I will be attending the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The Physiology program at Georgetown has helped me learn more about the human body and has furthered my interest in medicine. In several of my classes we are presented with case studies to discuss with our classmates. I have really enjoyed this aspect of learning because it allows me the opportunity to apply knowledge I've learned in a clinical fashion. I believe that my classes at Georgetown will benefit me immensely while in medical school.

Furthermore, I find it important that students realize it may take more than one application cycle to be accepted to professional school. I was accepted my third time applying. For me I made sure to meet with my advisors in order to see how I could improve my application. I also made sure to contact the schools I interviewed with to see where my weaknesses were in my application. While being rejected is not easy, you can learn so much from the process. Perseverance always pays off!