As an aspiring physician, I have a firm belief that every problem has a solution, every injury will heal, and every disease has a cure.
I have always been mesmerized by the way the body works; the way genes are passed from parent to child; the precise action of the heart when it receives blood; the way our brain processes sensation and motor output; and the way our muscles contract. Everything works perfectly by the millisecond, but if one part is damaged, it affects the entire human equilibrium. My intrigue for studying neuroscience and anatomy grew with the knowledge that science is a road full of infinite successes and challenges that can lead to discoveries that will help improve our local and global society.
While I attended undergrad, I worked on the side. My first job was as a hostess/cashier at a restaurant. I had to learn quickly how to juggle responsibilities while tending to customers' requests. This position taught me to work closely with my team members and make sure I addressed issues in a timely manner. Similarly, I held a position as a bank teller where teamwork was a large part of my daily responsibilities. As people's financial security was in my hands, I had to work with a high level of accuracy and security to ensure I provided ethical service to our customers. The skills I have acquired from these positions have benefited me greatly and will continue to do so throughout my future career. From them, I have learned to adapt to regularly changing environments as well as how to communicate with the public in a respectful, ethical, and transparent manner.
During undergrad, I accepted a position with Dr. Wirtshafter, my neuroscience professor. As his assistant, I participated in experiments that included interacting with and monitoring animal behavior alongside a group of peers. I learned to slice brains with precision, stain brain slides with Nissil and Golgi, and analyze different brain regions. One of my largest accomplishments during our research was overcoming my longstanding fear of rats. Learning how to handle rats and the injection process of the haloperidol drug and saline was a period of personal and professional growth.
The summer after I graduated, I traveled to Jerusalem to visit family; within three weeks of my stay, I accepted a role as a research assistant at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ). My role included finding review articles talking about neurobehavioral teratogenicity of prenatal drug exposure, paraphrasing and analyzing the articles, and writing a scientific article. I researched prenatal pregnancy, learned about the prenatal stages and maternal drug exposure, along with the embryonic development stages. For my peer researchers and myself, Dr. Yanai was welcoming and promoted a collaborative workspace. Together, we published a scientific paper for which I received acknowledgement. Through each professors' guidance, I learned that no one reaches the top of the mountain alone.
From these challenges and experiences, I have learned how to handle critical situations under pressure and grow in the areas of research and collaboration. From my studies, work experiences, and observations, I acknowledge that I will continue learning through questioning, researching, and collaborating with my peers. I look forward to teaching this perspective to my students. Observing my superiors has taught me it is acceptable and encouraged to admit not knowing something while actively searching for an answer. I have combined my inspiration and ambition to help make a change by giving my time to organizations that serve to uplift the community in medical and non-medical ways. The amalgamation of my work, educational, and research experiences are venues through which I have learned professionalism, teamwork, ethics, and care.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago - Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience
Graduate Degree: Case Western Reserve University - Master of Arts, Physiology
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