Hi! My name is Katie, I’m a VMS1 originally from Holmdel, New Jersey. I graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2017. I majored in biology and psychology, and spent most of my time in the pool on UNC’s swim team. I stayed in Chapel Hill for my gap year and conducted neuroscience research on substance use disorders. I love going to the beach, reading, and watching UNC basketball games in my free time, and have been taking advantage of all the amazing concerts available in Nashville. As a first year, my favorite extracurricular activity has been working at Shade Tree Clinic as a social worker and preclinical student.
I chose Vanderbilt based on the instant connection with the community I felt at Second Look Weekend. It seemed to be a supportive and caring atmosphere from both students and professors, and that has proved to be even more true than I anticipated. We have such a talented, friendly, and compassionate class and I feel lucky to be a part of it. I also loved the idea of getting to complete my clerkships and work with patients in my second year of school — it opens up so much more time for exploring my interests and figuring out my future career path. I also wanted the opportunity to work with underserved populations, like at the Shade Tree Clinic. Shade Tree is truly a student-run free clinic, and it’s been so inspiring to see how passionate the medical directors and student executive board are about our patients and the success of the clinic.