I have had a passion for medicine and research since mid-high school. However, I was not sure about whether I would pursue one, the other, both, or the integration of the two as my future career.
At the start of my undergraduate career, I was set on trying to get into the M.D., Ph.D. program to integrate the two fields, as well as apply myself in both settings, as I always loved biology and medicine and had experience with clinical and translational research previously. However, when I started working in a microtubule lab at the beginning of my sophomore year, I fell in love again with research and leaned heavily towards going into research as a career with a Ph.D.
For the next year, I struggled to figure out what direction was best for me by gaining more experience and by talking to many people. This is part of the reason that I decided to apply for this fellowship. Not only will I gain more experience with lab work, Dr. Peterson is also giving me the opportunity to help with patient recruitment for the project that I am a part of, so that I can also get clinic and patient exposure.
I believe this fellowship opportunity will help me realize how best to channel my dual commitments to medicine and biological research … and to find a good balance or combination that will allow me to help the most people while following my passion.