Questions: Briefly Describe Your Exposure To Medicine

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1) Briefly describe your exposure to medicine

As the daughter of a pediatrician, the medical field has surrounded me my entire life. However, my familiarity with the details of medicine expanded at age 15 when I began to volunteer at the C.A.R.E. Clinic, which provides medical care for the uninsured. My internship at a medical examiner’s office exposed me to the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the medical causes of death. In college, I explored medicine by volunteering in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul and participated in a Global Medical Brigades trip to rural Honduras. In addition, I spent time shadowing physicians in a variety of specialties, including orthopedics, internal
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Therefore, I think being able to combine these two passions as a physician is what I will like best. I am excited to serve my patients medically by arriving at a diagnosis after thoughtful consideration of patient symptoms, the results of diagnostic testing, and medical history.

3) What do you think you will like least about being a
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Solhaug’s visit to my undergraduate college, St. Olaf. However, my excitement about applying to EVMS came after researching the EVMS mission statement and vision. I realized my career goals of becoming a community-minded physician and continuing my interest in research would be fulfilled by attending EVMS. Growing up in a rural Minnesota community gave me a unique perspective on medicine. Hundreds of hard working farmers and factory workers in my community were uninsured. Therefore, medical professionals met community need by opening the C.A.R.E. Clinic for the uninsured in 2010. I have volunteered at the clinic ever since, as a greeter, grant writer, and wellness intern. I want my medical school experience to not only continue my service to my new community, but to teach me to become a community-minded physician. My experiences talking to patients at the C.A.R.E Clinic and in rural Honduras on a medical brigade have demonstrated how untreated diabetes can manifest into life-threatening conditions; therefore, seeing that EVMS is making strides in curing this disease is compelling. I would be honored to assist with this diabetic research. Finally, as a published undergraduate researcher, the innovative research opportunities at the Brock Institute are appealing. I believe the programs associated with the Brock Institute as an M1, M2, M3 or M4 will give me exceptional opportunities to not only continue to give back to my community

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