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Undergraduate Program in Medical Sciences

Meet Our 2017-2018 Student Ambassadors

 

Medical Sciences Ambassadors with the MedCat
Medical Sciences Ambassadors logo
MedSci Ambassadors in College of Medicine atrium

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Scottie

Scottie, President

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Class of: 2019

I chose Medical Sciences because of the opportunities to interact with medical professionals who serve as role models on a daily basis, the community of intelligent, motivated, and kind students, and the program's commitment to bringing out the very best in Medical Sciences students.

Fun Fact: When I'm not studying for the upcoming Biology or Chemistry exam, you can find me promoting the University of Cincinnati and Medical Sciences as both a ROAR Tour Guide and MedSci Ambassador, performing research on congenital hydrocephalus at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, or displaying my athleticism (or lack thereof) on the current season’s MedSci intramural teams. I hope to one day subspecialize in pediatric medicine and perform pediatric research in the Cincinnati area. Until then, I will be conditioning both my mind and body in preparation for leading the MedSci FutBallers to this spring’s intramural soccer championship.


Rohan

Rohan, Vice President

Hometown: Brunswick, OH

Class of: 2019

As a Cleveland native, I knew I needed to find my place in a community at UC. The Medical Sciences program would be one of those communities which would make me feel accepted. The major provides a rigorous curriculum, but I have found that MedSci students are always working together inside and outside the classroom. Students in Medical Sciences choose collaboration over competition, and because of this I have found some of my best friends.

Fun Fact: My parents actually DIDN'T name me after a city in Lord of the Rings.


Abby

Abby, Secretary

Hometown: Centerville, OH

Class of: 2020

There are so many reasons why Medical Sciences stood out to me among all of the programs I applied to for undergrad. The opportunities we are given in this program to get involved in meaningful research, volunteering, pre-health internships, and shadowing (and so much more!) are invaluable to me. The connections we make through those opportunities are also so important for our future in medicine. With the pre-medicine track being so competitive, Medical Sciences has demystified and simplified the whole process in a major way for me. I feel so blessed to be in such an amazing and unique program and can't say enough about it!

Fun Fact: I am minoring in French and hope to use that language in combination with medicine to work for Doctors Without Borders some day! 


Niusha

Niusha, Treasurer

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Class of: 2019

I chose to major in Medical Sciences due to the amount of structure and support that this program offers. Being able to take classes in UC College of Medicine and having access to numerous opportunities to gain shadowing, research, and volunteering experiences will undoubtedly prepare me the best for a career in medicine.

Fun Fact: I went to 4 different high schools, lived in 3 cities, speak 2 languages, and have 1 goldfish. 


Cassidy

Cassidy, Recruitment Chair

Hometown: Springfield, OH

Class of: 2019

I picked Med Sci because I believed it would be the best major to help me prepare for medical school and I ended up getting so much more than that! Not only am I learning how to prepare for medical school academically, but I've also had the opportunity to participate in research as an undergraduate and shadow physicians at one of the best children's hospitals in the nation, opportunities that have helped me to shape my career goals and to discover my passions. I've also been able to meet and build relationships with some of the best people ever. The Med Sci faculty, staff, and students have created a supportive and family-like environment that I am beyond grateful to have.

Fun Fact: My sisters like to call me a jukebox because I have a knack for memorizing song lyrics. I also really like to paint whenever I have free time. It's a good way for me to relax.


Andie

Andie

Hometown: Lawrenceburg, IN

Class of: 2020

I chose MedSci for the amazing curriculum, faculty, and opportunities it allows each student to have. It is extremely unique: no other program permits students to develop sincere connections with faculty, fellow students (both undergraduate and graduate), and practicing physicians like Medical Sciences does. I am proud to be a part of the first undergraduate program to be housed in a medical school in the United States!

Fun fact: I am a black belt in karate, and I have been on the AAU USA National Karate Team eight times. I have traveled abroad to seven different countries to compete, a few being Japan, Australia, and Ireland. I have also been teaching karate since the eighth grade. 


Bhargav

Bhargav

Hometown: Mason, OH

Class of: 2018

As someone hoping to one day be a physician, there were few majors on campus I felt would thoroughly prepare me for the rigors of medical school and make me not only a competitive medical school applicant but a competitive residency applicant in the long run. Through conversations with Dr. Menon and other MedSci leadership, it became very evident to me early on that this novel major would truly prepare me for the path to medicine – through relevant coursework, structured mentorship, varied extracurricular opportunities, and a myriad of faculty resources at UC CoM and CCHMC. With my heart set on the medical profession, it was a no-brainer to commit myself fully to this program. 

Fun Fact: I once tobogganed down the side of the Great Wall of China


Ellie

Ellie

Hometown: Mason, OH

Class of: 2020

I chose Med Sci because of the research, shadowing, and mentoring opportunities that allow students to have a deeper understanding of what careers in medicine are like, as prepare students to pursue them. In addition, being able to take classes on the medical campus is a unique opportunity for students like me, who are passionate about science, to explore topics like microbiology and biochemistry on a deeper level and develop relationships with faculty who are experts in their fields. Also, having a close-knit community of faculty and students who support each other was a big draw for me, as I am being motivated to explore my interest in science, but I also have a Med Sci family that is helping me pursue my passions outside the classroom. Being in a collaborative, supportive environment is especially important when transitioning into college, and I can’t thank those involved in this program enough for the support they provide!

Fun Fact: While I am a food-lover who will eat just about anything, I absolutely cannot stand bananas.


Justin

Justin

Hometown: Sumner, IL

Class of: 2018

I truly am so lucky to be in Medical Sciences because of the unbelievable opportunities and connections it gives me. I have classes with renowned faculty and physicians, and they know me as an undergraduate! There is no program like it that will prepare you for Medical/Grad School! And although I may be an out of stater, I'll always be a Bearcat at heart!

Fun Fact: Although you will likely see me around campus giving prospective students tours, etc, one place you'll NOT find me is in a car wash! I have a long standing fear of them, and will delay washing my car as long as I possibly can. Another fun fact, one of my goals at UC is to one day fly with AirCare!


Minh

Minh

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Class of: 2019

I chose MedSci becase I wanted the chance to further my education in a city I love and where I want to make a difference.

Fun Fact: I can eat Skyline at any time, any day of the year.


Paul

Paul

Hometown: Johnstown, OH

Class of: 2019

I selected Medical Sciences because I saw that it was the most competitive pre-medicine option at both UC and OSU. As part of this major, you have access to a variety of resources including College of Medicine faculty and individualized advising. 

Fun Fact: Every time I have a free elective I try to occupy it with a music class. I have been playing guitar for 7 years and love playing with other people! 


Rahul

Rahul

Hometown: Portland, OR

Class of: 2020

Medical Sciences for me represents an exciting opportunity to obtain an undergraduate education focused on developing skills necessary for a career as a physician. The program is incredibly well designed to offer unique courses with renowned faculty and provides an excellent stepping stone to prepare me for medical school!

Fun Fact: Apart from hours spent studying, researching, or shadowing, you can often find me on the basketball courts at UC’s rec center and on the soccer fields, where I enjoy competing in intramurals or just for fun! 


Sarah

Sarah

Hometown: Dublin, OH

Class of: 2019

I chose to be part of Medical Sciences because it provides me with incredible opportunities both in and out of the classroom to learn and explore my passions. I’ve been able to take graduate-level courses with renowned faculty and medical professionals and have been provided with research and service opportunities to expand my scope of knowledge and gain deeper perspective of the world around me – experiencing unbelievable growth along the way. However, the best part is the amazing support system this program has provided me with, from advisors and mentors to the wonderful community of kind, dedicated, and genuine students who have become my second family.

Fun Fact: I love exploring the city during my free time and discovering new cafés, brunch spots, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants which turn out to be local hidden gems. I’m hopelessly addicted to coffee and have been trying to make the transition to tea for years now, although at this point it seems like a futile effort.   

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Medical Sciences Contacts

Anil Menon, PhD
Program Director
anil.menon@uc.edu
513-558-5534

Dave Wieczorek, PhD
Director of Major Admissions
david.wieczorek@uc.edu
513-558-0058

Beth Shelton, MEd
Program Coordinator
beth.shelton@uc.edu
513-558-7650

Rachel Shah, MEd
Academic Advisor
rachel.shah@uc.edu
513-558-9897