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First post!!

Hello everyone! I’m really excited to start posting on this blog and wanted to first introduce myself a little bit more.

I’m in my third year, currently in Indianapolis. I spent the first two years of school at the Terre Haute campus, so expect some thoughts on that as we go along here (good thoughts, I loved it there!). I came from a unique background before medical school.  I’m originally from Terre Haute and I completed my undergrad in mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman. I actually had no intent of becoming a doctor when I started out there. It wasn’t until my junior year that I started to realize medicine was actually the path for me. In a way, it feels really similar to engineering. In both professions, we are trying to fix things and solve problems, except in medicine, the “machines” we work on are people.  To me, it was a more exciting and rewarding way to use the talents I felt I had in problem solving and helping others in this field.  I actually worked as an engineer at Rolls-Royce for 1 year while applying to medical school. Unfortunately I wasn’t accepted the first time around, and so I went back to school and completed a Masters in Biomedical Engineering.  I was accepted to IUSM the following year and now I’m here 3 years later more happy than ever of my decision to change fields and pursue medicine.

It’s been a crazy, stressful, exciting, exhausting, and rewarding 2.5 years so far and it’s really exciting about what is to come in these last couple of years. I hope to post on this blog quite a bit, once a week at a minimum. Most of the posts will be about things I’ve encountered and what I’ve done at IU so far, but I’m sure there will also be some other stuff about choosing specialties, medical school in general, life outside of school, and hopefully some other unique and different stuff.  I enjoyed reading these blogs as a pre-med, and sometimes I had questions I wanted to ask the current students, so feel free to ask away if there’s anything you want to know more about.

At the moment I’m 3/4 of the way through my neurology rotation. I’ve already completed pediatrics and family medicine, and i’ll be going to psych and internal medicine next.  Medical school is an experience unlike any other and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of it.  I’m definitely looking forward to sharing some of those experiences with you all as I progress through these last two years!


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Brian Sutterer

I am currently in my fourth year and am primarily located at the Indianapolis campus. I spent my first two years at the Terre Haute campus, but relocated to Indy for the final two. My interest in medicine is the field of physical medicine and rehabilitat...