programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and physical therapy. We checked in with several grads to see what's next on their
path to becoming a doctor. Pictured above are (from left) Michelle Spears, Priya Singhal and Kevin Okapal.
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 ap-
plying to medical school and
taking the MCAT and com-
peting with other students,"
with her SBU classmates.
quite easy because there
were eight of us coming in
together as part of the pro-
gram, so we were familiar
with each other and we were
able to rely on each other, so
that made the transition very
School of Medicine and Health Sci-
ences, Michelle Spears is preparing for
her next big step.
right now I've made all my applications
to residency programs and I'm sched-
uling interviews for residency programs
all throughout the country and now
I'm just waiting," she said.
completing her final year of medical
grad and now apply it in the real world
and have the real responsibility to take
care of patients and help them," she
nity to fully enjoy college while also
being prepared for GW. Having a guar-
anteed spot at medical school allowed
her, as an undergraduate, to "enjoy
the college experience and do a lot of
sue once she completes her
M.D. at George Washington
School of Medicine and Health
Sciences. For now, the third-
year medical student is soaking
up the experiences of clinical ro-
tations from OB/GYN to pedi-
atrics and psychiatry in the
but so far what I've seen I've
loved. At this point it's gather-
ing all the experiences that you
can, getting your feet wet in all
aspects of medicine, and kind
of figuring out where you see
yourself in the future," she said.
ical school. "In terms of acade-
mia, Bonaventure really
provided a solid foundation for
coming into medical school, es-
pecially during the first year,
which was so important be-
cause medical school builds on
itself, so having that solid foun-
wonderful," she said.
at Olean General Hospital.
gave you ... a glance into what
it's like to be in the hospitals,
to follow with round attend-
ings, to interact with different
patients. When you get to
medical school it's kind of that
times a thousand, but it's defi-
nitely a good glimpse into
what it's like later on," said
"doing anything else I wanted
to do" as a college student.
travel abroad and do a lot of ex-