Student Spotlight

Current and former students talk about the Mallory-Wilson Center, their study abroad experiences and internships, life at Miami, and more. Many offer useful advice to Miami students in general and pre-med students in particular.

Emily Bogdanski - Outstanding Premedical Student of the Year

(Class of 2022)

As a first generation American and employee to people with disabilities, I have gotten the opportunity to experience and work with often forgotten and underserved populations.

Read more about Emily's involvement with the "Translate a Story" program during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Alli Pfister

(Class of 2023)

The way we have risen to the challenge (of COVID-19) and found ways to continue learning, growing, and gaining experience in healthcare will only serve to empower and motivate us in our future careers, as well I believe we will make amazing doctors in whatever capacity we choose because of this experience.

Read more about Alli's reflection of the impact of COVID-19 on her Miami experience.

Grace Chaney - Outstanding Premedical Student of the Year

(Class of 2021)

Taking the initiative is crucial to getting what you want, not only from your time here at Miami but also from life in general. Push yourself to see how much of your potential you can manifest into something tangible, and I think you’ll be surprised at just how much you're capable of!

Read more about Grace's leadership in healthcare and health science advocacy.

Esha Chadha

(Class of 2021)

Taking the initiative is crucial to getting what you want, not only from your time here at Miami but also from life in general. Push yourself to see how much of your potential you can manifest into something tangible, and I think you’ll be surprised at just how much you're capable of!

Read more about how Esha combines research with her passion for medicine.

Jeri Oranski

(Class of 2021)

As important as it is to apply yourself and be dedicated to your studies, make sure to jump into new things. The more experiences you have outside your own discipline, the more you'll learn empathy and critical thinking skills that you will need no matter where your path leads.

Read more about Jeri's community health preceptorship in India.

Robert Kimble - Outstanding Premedical Student of the Year

(Class of 2020)

You will hear a lot of advice, some good and some bad, about what is the 'proper' or 'best' path towards acceptance to medical school. Ultimately though, like with most goals in life worth accomplishing, it is not the path you take to reach them, but the effort you put in along the way that matters most.

Read more about Robert's extensive array of healthcare experiences.

Mitchell Singstock

(Class of 2020)

The reality is that (getting into medical school) is very competitive, but I believe it's essential to live and study authentically as best you can. Focus on what you are truly passionate about — don't just try to fit an image that you think checks off all the boxes. If you are doing things you care about, the boxes will naturally check themselves.

Read more about how Mitchell has combined research on mindfullness with his passion for medicine.

Sara Al-Zubi - Outstanding Premedical Student of the Year

(Class of 2019)

Sara founded an organization that provides mental health training for those working with refugees. She worked with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations to interpret and draft United Nations legislation and has served on the Ohio Refugee Advisory Council.

Read more about Sara's international humanitarian efforts while at Miami.