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Karis Bamba, Class of 2024

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Undergraduate Institution: York College CUNY

Why IU: My initial interest in IU School of Medicine came from the vast opportunities for clinical experiences and large hospital system that serves the majority of the state. What solidified my choice was on my interview day—at the time, I was recently injured and had limited mobility. The admissions department was accommodating and made sure that I was a part of the interview day experience. They showed me they really cared about student wellness as well as my pursuit for a medical education.

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Caylin Billingsley, Class of 2023

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Undergraduate Institution: IUPUI

Why IU: I chose IU because of the community environment and the ability to develop my skills both inside and outside of the classroom. As an undergraduate, I participated in various research projects and I knew that IU School of Medicine would provide opportunities to advance my research interest. As a first-year medical student, I applied and was accepted to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Joining the MSTP will allow me to earn a PhD to one day advance medicine by applying my research to the clinic.

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Uchechukwu Emili, Class of 2022

Hometown: New City, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University Maryland

Why IU: IU School of Medicine was my home away from home. On my second look visit, I realized that every support that I would need career wise and personally could be found at IU. Even though I was miles from home, I felt at home the moment I stepped on campus.

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Anna Feliciano, Class of 2023

Hometown: Merrillville, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Why IU: I chose IU because it felt like home. An internship program I completed in my hometown during undergrad gave me the opportunity to shadow IU School of Medicine faculty and meet those from admissions. Many of the physicians spent their time emphasizing the importance of being a good human being and reiterating the trust and privilege that come with the position. The valuable information I obtained from the program left me excited and motivated to one day be a student at IU School of Medicine. I can truthfully say that many of the physicians who teach in the first and second year curriculum at IU School of Medicine have continued to emphasize those same principles.

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Aaron Gilani, Class of 2022

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Undergraduate Institution: Hampden-Sydney College

Why IU: I chose IU School of Medicine because I wanted to be in an environment where I could grow not only as a student, but as an individual. Every medical student I came across while on my interview day at IU School of Medicine was polite, professional, astute, and well-rounded, which emulated the type of physician I one day hoped to become. I was amazed at the sense of community and comradery amongst the student body. I also got the impression that IU cared about my wellness during the daunting journey that would be medical school, and that helped me understand that I wanted to be at an institution that would put my well-being first.

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Kayla Higgins, Class of 2024

Hometown: Valparaiso, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University – Bloomington

Why IU: I chose Indiana University School of Medicine because I had previously worked in the neurology department at Methodist Hospital and OB/GYN at Eskenazi Hospital and I loved the environment. All the doctors, admin and staff that I worked alongside were amazing people who worked hard to improve medicine and be there for not only their patients, but each other. I wanted to be a part of a school where I knew I would get plentiful opportunities and create relationships that would last a lifetime. I chose IU School of Medicine because I knew I would have the support that I would need to make it through medical school.

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Alexis Holmes, Class of 2024

Hometown: Fishers, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Hampton University

Why IU: Before beginning medical school at IU School of Medicine, I did a year of education in the MSMS program. This program not only helped prepare me for the medical school curriculum, but also allowed me to form connections here at IU School of Medicine with faculty and students. I was able to explore and experience firsthand the resources and support available for minority students at IU School of Medicine, which played a major role in my decision to attend IU School of Medicine.

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Sydney Keller, Class of 2022

Hometown: Grosse Pointe, MI

Undergraduate Institution: Notre Dame

Why IU: I initially chose IU School of Medicine because of the expansive hospital network, opportunities for research, large class size, curriculum and urban lifestyle. Over the past few years, I have appreciated all of these aspects. I’ve participated in several research projects facilitated by IU’s IMRPS program and student interest groups (SIGs). In my classes, I have learned from my peers and instructors alike, and felt well prepared for the STEP1 exam. During my clinical clerkships I have connected with many passionate, approachable and supportive physicians. Overall, I am very happy with my choice to attend IU.

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Deena Mohamed, Class of 2022

Hometown: Plainfield, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University and Indiana State University

Why IU: I understood medical school was going to be a challenge regardless of which institution I chose. So, I based my decision on one simple factor: Which school would provide the best support for my success? That made my decision simple and easy. IU School of Medicine provides so many tools to each student to allow them to develop into competent and successful future physicians. First, each incoming first-year student is provided with 4 mentors from day one: a lead advisor, physician mentor, a second year mentor, and a career mentor. All four mentors are based on your campus location as well! Second, IU School of Medicine provides free tutoring services for all students in a course/clerkship. The tutors are students who were successful in the course/clerkship and are paid, but not by the students themselves. Third, IU School of Medicine provides free mental health services. Free mental health services are essential during the toughest four years of students' lives. Lastly, the faculty members are absolutely amazing. They are not only approachable, but they go above and beyond to provide you with support, connections, and opportunities.

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Victor Olufasi, Class of 2024

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Undergraduate Institution: IUPUI

Why IU: I chose IU School of Medicine because it is one of the environments where I felt most comfortable about expressing myself. Although diversity continues to become an issue in every community today, IU continues to allocate sincere effort into helping to expand diversity in the medical field, and although we still have a long way to go, becoming a part of this process is one of the many reasons I chose IU.

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Shadashalin Pierce, Class of 2023

Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL

Undergraduate Institution: Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Why IU: I chose to attend IU School of Medicine because of multiple factors. First, I found it invaluable that the curriculum for the first two years included clinical exposure. It was important for me to find a medical school that incorporated clinical training in the first two years rather than it being introduced the third year. Second, I was impressed with the number of committees that students could get involved with at IU School of Medicine. I haven’t seen it at other medical schools. These committees influenced different aspects of IU School of Medicine as a whole. For me, I interpreted this as a medical school that cared about their students’ experiences, valued their feedback, and wanted their students to get involved with the school. Lastly, I had a great interview experience. IU School of Medicine felt like home, and I wanted nothing more than to attend this medical school. I don't regret my decision.

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Lauren Pitz, Class of 2022

Hometown: Carmel, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Why IU: I chose to attend Indiana University School of Medicine because it had the all-around best fit of the programs I looked at. The school operates out of the best hospitals in the state, giving students opportunities to work with some of the top doctors in their chosen field. Being the largest medical school in the country gives IU School of Medicine the largest alumni base which is great for networking for residency applications. The school gives students access to countless mentoring and mental health resources in order to best prepare them for their future career. I also love living in Indianapolis! It gives you access to all the best features of a major city (concert venues, shopping, breweries, restaurants, green space) while also having an incredibly affordable cost of living. It was really important to me that I found a medical school where I was truly valued and not just another number, and I really felt like I found that at IU School of Medicine.

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Taylor Smith, Class of 2023

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Undergraduate Institution: Xavier University of Louisiana

Why IU: I chose to attend Indiana University School of Medicine because of its wealth of resources. Here at IU School of Medicine we have a vast amount of research fields of interest, numerous student-led interest groups, and direct connections with residency program directors. We are also taught by some of the most innovative physicians in the country.

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Deepthi Thadasina, Class of 2024

Hometown: Carmel, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University

Why IU: I chose IU School of Medicine because of the opportunities that it has to offer and being in state was also a big plus. One big opportunity that drew me to IU was the option to complete a scholarly concentration. This was something new that I did not see in other medical schools that I applied to and I felt that it was a great way to still be involved in a research project while in medical school. Each of the nine campuses had different scholarly projects and not all of them are laboratory research based. There were many interesting scholarly concentrations, and I decided to be a part of the Biomedical research concentration which is located on the Indy campus. Another thing that I liked about IU was that there are nine different campuses so there are many different professors to reach out to when you need help. Everyone has their own learning style and some professors fit better with that style than others so it is nice to have the option to choose whose lecture you want to listen to.

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Aonesti Williams, Class of 2024

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Undergraduate Institution: Miami University

Why IU: I chose IU School of Medicine because I completed a post-bacc program through the institution and fell in love with all of the opportunities it offered to students. In addition, the Office of Diversity Affairs welcomed me as a minority student and I felt supported in this space. As the institution works towards increasing diversity and inclusion at all campuses, I am excited to be a part of this process and will continue advocating for students of color at IU School of Medicine.

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Cody Williams, Class of 2022

Hometown: Crown Point, IN

Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University

Why IU: IU School of Medicine can provide opportunities in any educational setting I could desire. There are opportunities to work in rural or urban settings, with large teams or one-on-one with other professionals, and be as clinically or research oriented as you wish. IU School of Medicine has leading experts in practice you can learn from directly throughout the state. I was always impressed when I talked to IU educated physicians and I know I can find some of their broad base of alumni wherever I go. Importantly, even in such a large system, you always can find the people you need to support your personal goals.

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Allison Young, Class of 2023

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame

Why IU: I ultimately chose IU School of Medicine because I was drawn to the vast array of research and global health opportunities. There are many active student organizations and committees, as well as resources for professional development, service learning, and wellness. IU also has an amazing network of physicians and researchers; faculty are very supportive of students, and there are many opportunities for mentorship. I have really enjoyed my time at IU School of Medicine; my peers are collaborative and supportive, and I have been able to grow as a student and as a person.