UNMC 3rd Year Medical Student
President of Psychiatry Interest Group
Elkhorn South High School
B.S. in Sociology with minors in Chemistry and Medical Humanities from UNO
Currently in 3rd year of M.D. program at UNMC
How did you become interested in your profession?
Helping my mother care for special needs children growing up inspired me to pursue medicine. Attending BHECN’s College Ambassador Program deepened my interest in psychiatry, which I am pursuing because I can spend more time with each patient, address psychosocial aspects of health, and work with vulnerable populations.
What have you enjoyed most about your medical training program?
I enjoy being a part of the healthcare team, especially as I often have more time to give extra attention to patients in need. It is a privilege that patients are willing to discuss their deeply personal health issues and trust me to help them address their concerns.
How has this experience helped prepare you for your career?
The BHECN College Ambassador Program was an eye-opening experience to the need and opportunities for psychiatry. As a result, I knew I was interested in psychiatry going into medical school. I was also connected with several mentors through the program that have continued to be influential.
What are your career aspirations?
I am preparing to apply for a psychiatry residency program in the Fall. I hope to stay in Nebraska for residency and practice. While I am drawn to many aspects of psychiatry, my particular interests at this time include women’s health, quality improvement, medical education, and physician wellness.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Although free time is sparse in medical school, I prioritize spending time as a family with my husband, 8-month-old daughter, and two dachshunds! I also enjoy home improvement projects, mentoring others, and watching movies. Some of my favorite movies are The Doctor, Wit, and Patch Adams!
BHECN’s Ambassador Program creates a pipeline of Nebraska students interested in behavioral health beginning as early as their high school years. It follows students from high school and college, through professional school and on to careers in behavioral health.