What advice would you give to a new student in the program?
Plan ahead! For anyone in the MD/MPH program, in particular, it’s difficult to fit in all the classes if you plan to graduate with both degrees within four years. It’s possible, but it takes some planning to make sure that all required courses fit into your schedule. For example, 2 of the required classes meet on the same night. So make sure that you plan ahead to take both of those in different semesters.
What do you enjoy most about the program?
During the first 2 years of medical school, I found it especially rewarding to participate in the MD/MPH Program. The MPH courses gave me an escape from the more straight-forward basic science courses in med school. They provided a forum for thinking about the broader issues related to the provision of quality medical care and for using different parts of my brain to analyze in ways that contrasted with the memorization skills required for medical school. I’m grateful that I had such an outlet for some of my more creative and analytic interests while completing the required medical school coursework.