Shirlene Obuobi

Hometown: The Woodlands, TX

Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis

Pritzker Activities: Student National Medical AssociationPhysicians for a National Health Program, REAL TALKS, ShirlyWhirl, MD

S&D Track: Medical Education

S&D  Mentor and Project: Keme Carter, MD - "Physician-Patient Communication Practices During Interunit Transfers from the ED: The Patient Perspective"

Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?

Pritzker truly does value having a variety of students with different strengths and interests. I felt that my specific interests- social justice and art- were looked upon as assets to the Pritzker family rather than just curiosities.

What have been your most meaningful clinical experiences as a Pritzker student?

I've had numerous meaningful experiences, but I probably learned how best to be a doctor while on Psychiatry. It demanded a lot of self-examination, recognition of my own biases and assumptions, and forced me to reflect on the feelings that I had about my patients and how they could affect the care I provided for them. It also taught me some very interesting interviewing skills- I can take a pretty decent history of someone in the midst of a psychotic episode now.

Who has been an important mentor of yours during your time at Pritzker?

I've been lucky to have a number of great mentors, but Dr. Vela, Dr. Woodruff, Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Chapman have been truly indispensable.

What do you think about diversity & inclusion at Pritzker?

Pritzker works hard to craft a class with people not only of different races, sexualities and backgrounds, but also of different experiences and interests.

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago or the best thing about living in Chicago?

I love that Chicago is comprised of little neighborhoods that each have their own feel- it's really fun to explore what each area has to offer! Plus, for a city of this caliber, the rent ain't bad.