Prior to medical school, I heard from many students and residents that it is almost inevitable to get burned out after clinical rotations or after your third year. Now at that point in my education, I am pleasantly surprised to find that this does not at all hold true for me. I am more excited about medicine and becoming a doctor than ever before, and maybe that is because I am fortunate to be on a curriculum where we begin rotations earlier. Having worked with pediatricians, geriatricians, OB/GYN, internists, hospitalists, surgeons, ophthalmologists, family medicine doctors, psychiatrists, neurologists, I can say that I am super excited to be in their shoes in the future and work alongside such intelligent providers and staff in the hospital. I am even more excited to care for patients, and still remember a handful of my favorite patients from this past year. There certainly were some unpleasant experiences and difficult patients, but I found those to be good learning opportunities and realized that no matter what field you go into, you will have many obstacles as such. There is something that is super special about medicine – having the privilege to deal with such a precious matter, a human’s health; being able to collaborate with a variety of staff and specialists all working towards the same goal for the same people; constantly learning new things daily. Those are just a few of the reasons why I love medicine and am excited to be amongst the medical professionals who are growing nonstop throughout their career every single day.
Alex is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. As an avid lover of the intellect and interspecialty collaboration associated with medicine, she is excited to be applying for Internal Medicine residency programs. Her interest in medicine largely stems from her volunteer work in free clinics in underserved communities and experiences growing up with a brother with autism.
Before attending medical school, Alex completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 2014 and her Master of Public Health (concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology) at Yale University in 2016.
When she is not working in the hospital or studying, you can find Alex running by the lake, doing circuit workouts outdoors in the fields, drawing and/or writing, or at home spending time with her family in the suburbs of Chicago.