Woman in White: Erin White, PPC’12
Fun, hard, a little crazy, exhausting, exciting-that's how Erin White, PPC'12, describes her first few months at medical school. "I love my classmates. I love my professors. I like most of the material we're learning, and I am starting to get involved with groups on campus like student government, interest groups for various medical specialties and The American Medical Women's Association."
White is not only in her first year of medical school, but she's also a member of the inaugural class of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. The new school, which was featured in Forbes magazine, has been described as having "an emphasis on producing primary care physicians who are team-oriented problem solvers, taught by medical school faculty hired for their expertise and skill in teaching as opposed to writing grants for research."
That "teaching-first" philosophy was both appealing and familiar to White, who says she found a similar mindset at KGI.
"My undergrad university was very focused on research and teaching came second. At KGI I always felt like students came first, and I thrived in that environment, so I was really happy to find a medical school that had that same philosophy," she says.
After completing the PPC program at KGI, White chose to stay for an additional year-while she was completing her medical school applications-and earn a Master of Bioscience (MBS) degree.
"I was sure my education at KGI would eventually be relevant to my career, but I assumed it wouldn't play much of a role until after I graduated.
However, courses I took in pharmaceutical discovery at KGI covered a lot of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics I'm learning here. And, when we talk about the costs of health care, I am drawing on skills and concepts I learned in KGI classes like Introduction to Bioscience Industries and Global Health Policy. However, White says "the most fun" thing she took with her from KGI was the exposure to so many different products that are used in the medical field.
"I have been surprised how often a professor will mention some drug that is new, or controversial, or historically important and I already have heard of it through a case study or group project I did at KGI," she says.
Although not intimidated by the notoriously difficult first year of med school, there is one thing that about life at Quinnipiac that White does find slightly daunting. "Coming to the Northeast from Southern California, I am a little apprehensive about the snow. I am definitely hoping for a mild winter this year to ease into it."