Shakeela Faulkner

Shakeela Faulkner

Hometown: Flemington, NJ
Undergraduate Institution: Brown University
Pritzker Activities: OB/GYN Student Interest Group, SNMA, Maria Shelter, Identity and Inclusion Steering Committee, and HPREP
Pre-Pritzker: Before coming to Pritzker I worked in a research lab studying aging and metabolism at the National Institute on Aging through the NIH Postbac IRTA program.
S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Clinical Research
S&D Mentor & Project: Lewis Shi, MD; "Comparison of Pre, Intra, and Post Operative Costs for Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair"

Tell us about your research experience(s) at UChicago:

For my Summer Research Program project I conducted a retrospective chart review studying the associations between neonatal morbidities and neurodevelopmental outcomes at 2 years of age. We were interested in learning how prematurity and the complications experienced during the infants' initial hospital stay impacted development.

Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?

One of the reasons I chose Pritzker was because I wanted to see a new city, and Chicago was amazing when I visited. I also wanted a school that served a diverse patient population with students and faculty committed to learning about and addressing health disparities and Pritzker fit that description.

How would you describe your classmates?

You could sense the collaborative atmosphere from our first days in anatomy. We have a diverse class with many different interests and paths that brought us to medicine and we get along really well. My classmates have been great friends and a strong support system.