Hometown: Highland Park, IL
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pre-Pritzker: I took two years off before coming to Pritzker. During that time, I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. My responsibilities included coordinating two multi-site longitudinal studies examining how biopsychosocial factors mediate recovery in two distinct populations: African Americans who have experienced a car crash and female survivors of sexual assault. I also volunteered as a Rape Crisis Companion at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.
Pritzker Activities: M4 Chair, DeLee Student Society, Student Representative, Clinical Curriculum Review Committee, Executive Board Member, Pritzker Community Service Fellowship (PCSF), Member of Pritzker Board, New Life Volunteering Society, Mentor, Chicago Youth Program, Volunteer Coordinator, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
S&D Track: Medical Education
S&D Mentors & Project: M. Lolita Alkureishi, MD- Improving Patient-Centered Technology Use; Studying Advocacy Materials
Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?
There were many reasons that help me decide to attend Pritzker. Pritzker seemed to have a very strong sense of community. The students I interacted with on my interview day were engaged with each other and seemed invested in the surrounding neighborhood. The emphasis placed on diversity and inclusion made me think that I would have the opportunity to learn from people and experiences difference from my own. Additionally, the faculty and administrative staff seemed very accessible, committed to student wellness, and invested in their students’ success. Finally, Chicago is also a wonderful city with easy access to some of the best live music, theater, art, and restaurants in the country.
What do you think about diversity & inclusion at Pritzker?
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion is a cornerstone of the Pritzker Culture. Students, faculty, and staff actively work to promote diversity & inclusion through our curriculum and student programming. I believe that the people I’ve had the opportunity to work with and the experiences I’ve had while a Pritzker student will make me a better medical provider.
What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago or the best thing about living in Chicago?
One of my favorite things to do in Chicago is to walk or bike along the Lake Front Trail to the Chicago River Walk. There are so many cute waterfront restaurants that face the beautiful Chicago skyline. I also love visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. With free admission as a University of Chicago student, I can stop by for an hour or two before heading to Millennium Park for concerts in the summer and ice skating in the winter.