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					Please indicate your activities for the 2009-2010 year. If you are in school, please list
your courses. If you are working, please describe your job, including duties and
responsibilities.
(5000 characters)


         Having graduated from Tulane University, I am currently working as a research
technician within a neurobiology laboratory at Children’s Hospital Boston. The overall
research of the laboratory centers on neuron-glia interactions, while the project I am most
closely involved with focuses on discovering a treatment for various types of
neuropathy. At this time trials are being run to test a treatment on mice that have
neuropathy either because they are a transgenic line or the neurons have been injured by
resiniferatoxin (rtx). A few weeks after birth the mice develop the neuropathy and no
longer show a reaction to hot and cold. In trials already run, the drug has shown an
ability to stop the death of certain neurons and thus prevent the neuropathy from forming
and with mice treated with resiniferatoxin the drug has even shown the ability to help
stimulate a healing of the sensory nerves. My main duties have included helping with the
heat sensing testing and drug treatment, running polymerase chain reactions, running gel
electrophoresis experiments and sectioning and staining tissue from the mice so that the
sensory nerves can be compared between wild type and transgenic mice.

        Outside of work, I hope to soon become involved with one of the community
service opportunities offered by Children’s Hospital, such as their Ask Me! Program or
their Reach Out and Read Program. My main hobbies include athletics and reading. I
often play pick-up games of soccer and basketball in addition to working out. I enjoy
reading from a diversity of genres and some of my favorite authors include Malcolm
Gladwell, Dan Brown, and Dennis Lehane.



Imagine that it is the year 2030. What would you like to have accomplished thus far in
your life, and how did Alpert Medical School help you achieve these goals? (6500
characters)

        I waved good-bye to the office manager behind the desk as I left my office for the
evening, eager to make it to my oldest daughter’s first soccer game of the season. She
had fallen in love with the game as had I when I was her age, and over the past couple
years we had really bonded over the experience. Now that I had two children, I worked a
more standard work schedule at my primary care office in Boston. This had not always
been the case as upon completion of my residency I practiced at a community health
center in New Orleans helping the underserved. Knowing that many of my patients were
forced to work very long hours and sometimes two jobs to make ends meet, I often
worked evenings too so that many would have access to care they could not receive
during the standard work day. With the passing of a national healthcare plan in 2015, I
no longer practiced with just the underserved. Now that everyone had access to the same
healthcare options, I saw patients of all economic classes in my office.
         I knew I had made the right choice entering family practice thanks to the thirty
weeks of clinical electives during my fourth year at Warren Alpert Medical School. The
chance to spend extra weeks in a family practice rotation ensured that I made the right
choice and solidified my decision to work within a city. Thanks to the school’s
reputation I was able to choose a residency and to practice anywhere in the country. I
also noticed in my residency that I was much more prepared and less nervous than those
residents from other school thanks to Alpert’s focus on communication skills during year
one and two. While some of the other residents bumbled through taking a medical
history, I felt at ease with the process due to years of practice and experience during
medical school. I was also comfortable with the technology requirements of the job such
as accessing electronic medical records thanks to Alpert Medical School’s curriculum
that emphasized the need to be “IT-savvy”.
         Alpert Medical School prepared me in many ways to become a primary care
physician, but the research opportunity which it allowed for is my most memorable
experience with the school. With Warren Alpert being associated with eight hospitals, I
had access to limitless patient data and was able to formulate a hypothesis for my clinical
trials involving nutrition and diabetes. The trial involved lower income families and
finding affordable nutrition plans which could lower the likelihood of diabetes. After
publishing an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, I began a community
service group, Healthy Eating to Eliminate Diabetes (HEED), with some of my
classmates. Its focus was educating people about the need for healthy diets and to bring
farmer’s markets to inner cities ensuring that fresh fruits and vegetables would be
accessible to all. Although the project began only in Providence, soon chapters sprouted
throughout the country ensuring fresh produce would be available in inner city
neighborhoods.

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