Graduate, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

The extracurricular opportunities at JCU played a huge role in my acceptance to medical school. There were several service sites available, but when I wanted to volunteer at a Free Clinic (which wasn’t available when I arrived in 2003) the community service center worked with me to set it up. Dr. Lissemore was helpful and supportive of a friend and me when we wanted to start a student organization focused on justice and equality in the health care system. At JCU, not only did I know many of my professors well, but they helped me build the kind of environment which allowed me to grow. When I interviewed for medical schools, every interviewer asked me about these activities. They ended up being stand-out extracurriculars, not only because they related to medicine, but because I was able to be involved in their development and leadership.

In the fall of my senior year I took “The Biological Consequences of Poverty” in conjunction with an independent study about the roles that socioeconomic status plays in many illnesses. Because of this seminar, I was much more prepared for my interviews. When asked how I wanted to contribute to the medical profession, I was able to speak intelligently about these issues, and cite specific problems I would like to take on during my career.

All medical school applicants are smart … we all did well on the MCAT … what sets someone apart is who they are, what they’ve done, and what they believe in. My mentors at John Carroll helped me discover many things about myself, my faith, and my abilities. I consider this self-awareness the greatest product of my time at JCU. It is something that I continued to draw from every day in medical school, and I have no doubt that it will continue to guide me through the rest of my career.