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Why I Chose the Carver College of Medicine...

Michael Klein, M3

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
Great medical education, in-state, close to family.

What discipline are you studying?
MD

Why did you choose a career in a health or biosciences related field?
Interests in science, how the body works, solving problems, working with people, making a difference serving others

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
Creighton University

What do you like to do outside of class?
Run, Netflix, watch sports, hang out with friends, read, play video games


Thomas Park, M2

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
Home medical school, live in Iowa

What discipline are you studying?
Psychiatry/Neuroscience

Why did you choose a career in a health or biosciences related field?
Direct impact of healthcare, able to make a difference and see the results

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
Johns Hopkins University

What do you like to do outside of class?
Ballroom dance, video games

Where is your hometown, state?
West Des Moines, Iowa


Theang Ho, M3

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
The faculty and staff are extremely approachable and the environment is more cooperative than competitive.

What discipline are you studying?
MD, undecided, leaning toward family medicine or primary care

Why did you choose a career in a health or biosciences related field?
The love of science and people

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
University of Nebraska—Lincoln

What do you like to do outside of class?
Take naps, attend concerts

Where is your hometown, state?
Des Moines, Iowa


Alison Pletch, M3

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
It was the best interview experience. People were friendlier. I felt wanted here instead of feeling I had to measure up or else. I got the best financial package here.

What discipline are you studying?
MD

Why did you choose a career in a health science or biosciences related field?
It combines my interest in health science and desire to be a resource for others.

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
McGill University and State University of New York at New Paltz

What do you like to do outside of class?
Exercise, socialize with friends

Where is your hometown, state?
New Paltz, New York


David Peters, M2

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
Close to where I grew up, great reputation, friendly atmosphere, great facilities...what's not to like? I would be dumb to go anywhere else.

What discipline are you studying?
MD—surgery

Why did you choose a career in a health or biosciences related field?
I love science and I wanted to have a career where I felt like I had a chance to make a difference in people's lives on a daily basis. I also consider myself a people person and enjoy developing meaningful relationships that are a big part of a career in medicine.

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
Indiana Wesleyan University

What do you like to do outside of class?
Sports, read, play the piano

Where is your hometown, state?
Waterloo, Iowa


Dana van der Heide, M3

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
I was very impressed by the Carver College of Medicine's efforts to foster collaboration between students especially through the learning communities. The administration is very receptive to student feedback and faculty are generally very willing to go the extra mile to teach and train future providers.

What discipline are you studying?
MD, MPH

Why did you choose a career in a health or biosciences related field?
Health is an essential component to the overall well-being of individuals and communities. I feel fortunate to have grown up in good health and hope to be able to use my love for learning to "pay it forward" and make a difference in others' lives.

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
Oberlin College

What do you like to do outside of class?
Towing, CrossFit, outdoorsy things

Where is your hometown, state?
​Niwot, Colorado


Christopher DeBoer, M2

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
Money, collaborative atmosphere, primary care focus

What discipline are you studying?
MD—Global Health Distinction Track

Why did you choose a career in health or bioscience related field?
Combination of interaction with people and science. See medicine as a tool for addressing inequality/social justice.

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
BA, Wheaton College; MS, Duke University

What do you like to do outside of class?
Cook, exercise, volunteer at Free Medical Health Clinic

Where is your hometown, state?
Sanborn, Iowa


Carly Lewis, M3G

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
I felt really comfortable during the interview process and also really liked Iowa City.

What discipline are you studying?
MD/PhD

Why did you choose a career in a health or biosciences related field?
I like the biology and the idea of using science and medicine to improve people's lives and prevent disease.

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
University of California—Davis

What do you like to do outside of class?
Rowing, cooking, reading

Where is your hometown, state?
Fremont, California


Adam Rave, second year, physical therapy

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
I wanted to be an exceptional physical therapist, capable of providing understanding care to my patients, and the University of Iowa gave me the tools to do that. The University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine's Department of Physical Therapy has some of the best staff in the country who know how to prepare students for a career in physical therapy.

What discipline are you studying?
Physical Therapy

Why did you choose a career in health or biosciences related field?
I wanted to be able to interact with people while also helping them get better and achieve their goals.

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
Luther College

What do you like to do outside of class?
Physical activities outdoors.

Where is your hometown, state?
​Machester, Iowa


Augusta Garberich, second year, physician assistant

Why did you choose the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine?
I chose to attend the University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine for the outstanding reputation and ranking of its Physician Assistant Program.

What discipline are you studying?
Physician Assistant Studies

Why did you choose a career in a health or biosciences related field?
I love to help people.

Where did you attend undergraduate school?
Florida International University

What do you like to do outside of class?
Go out to eat. Volunteer my time. Go to the movies.

Where is your home state?
Florida