Allison Vlach, Second-Year Medical Student
Hometown: Topeka, KS
Education: University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Nebraska Medical Center
How did you become interested in your profession?
I grew up in a family of medical professionals, so the medical world was always somewhat familiar to me. However, what really sparked my interest in becoming a physician was seeing the impact that incredible physicians have made in my life and those of my family members.
What have you enjoyed most about your internship program?
As a medical student, I participated in the Hazelden Betty Ford Summer Institute for Medical Students to learn about addiction treatment. This experience introduced me to wonderful people in a population of patients who are most often misunderstood and helped me understand the complexity of the disease of addiction.
How has this experience helped prepare you for your career?
This experience taught me to listen and learn before jumping to conclusions about people and their illnesses. It has prepared me by reminding me to consider the whole person and all factors that impact their overall wellness, not just vitals and lab values.
What are your career aspirations?
I aspire to be a physician active in health care advocacy, specifically mental health care and addiction treatment accessibility. Psychiatry and anesthesiology are high on my list of specialty interests, but I’m enjoying my time, exploring as many medical fields as I can.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy re-watching The Office, petting dogs, organizing activities and events with friends, eating, running, biking, cross-stitching, and painting.
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.