Major: Biology Hometown: Allegany, N.Y. Currently: Fourth-year medical student, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
St. Bonaventure prepares students for the rigors of medical school.
“I’ve decided that I want to pursue anesthesiology after medical school, so right now I’ve made all my applications to residency programs and I’m scheduling interviews for residency programs all throughout the country and now I’m just waiting,” she said.
With her medical board exams under her belt, Spears is looking forward to completing her final year of medical school.
“I’m excited to take what I have learned in medical school and undergrad and now apply it in the real world and have the real responsibility to take care of patients and help them,” she said.
For her, St. Bonaventure’s combined degree program was a great opportunity to fully enjoy college while also being prepared for GW. Having a guaranteed spot at medical school allowed her, as an undergraduate, to “enjoy the college experience and do a lot of extracurricular activities.”
“You stay with the same group of people throughout. You’re not competing with each other; you’re helping each other out, giving each other study tips and guides and it allows you to kind of be relaxed more … because you’re not worried about applying to medical school and taking the MCAT and competing with other students,” explained Spears.
The added bonus was entering George Washington with her SBU classmates.
“My transition from undergrad to medical school was quite easy because there were eight of us coming in together as part of the program, so we were familiar with each other and we were able to rely on each other, so that made the transition very smooth.”
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