Name: Codie Kurka

School/Year: UIWSOM, 2nd year medical student

Educational Background: B.S. Exercise Science from Michigan Technological University (2012), M.S. Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University (2017)

Medical Interests/goals: Family Medicine/Internal Medicine & to give back to military family communities through comprehensive care and community involvement.

Hobbies/Fun Interests: Reading, exercise, hiking, baking.

“I have known that I wanted to be a physician since I was in elementary school, goodness knows I did not anticipate that I would not get to medical school until 8 years after I graduated from undergrad! Since I took the long, winding route to medical school I have had the opportunity to live overseas (Terceira Island, Portugal), work as an aide at The Headache Institute of Texas and discover a love for outdoor adventure and helping others find their way. As a first-generation college student I had no idea how to navigate college or professional job searching, let alone applying for medical school. Although I wouldn’t change the experiences that I’ve had from taking the long road, I hope to be able to support students with backgrounds like mine navigate the path to a medical career, because medicine from the start is a team sport.”

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