Name: Natalie Hirmez

School/year: UIWSOM/2nd  year medical student

Educational Background: B.S. Biology from UCLA

Medical Interests/Goals:I am unsure of now specialty wise and hope that clinical rotations will help me discover what I enjoy most. Currently, I am interested in OB/GYN and serving as an advocate for women’s health and women in general, emergency medicine where I feel I can do a lot of good in a short period of time, and / or internal medicine where I can build strong patient relationships and monitor patient progress through continuity of care. I am also interested in participating in medical mission programs through Doctors Without Borders when I begin practicing.

Hobbies/Fun Interests: I love to do anything outdoors including hiking and playing soccer (beach soccer is a particular favorite of mine) and I really enjoy reading fiction novels in my free time, especially James Patterson novels. I am a major foodie and have a blast trying new foods and coffees.

“Hello everyone! I was born and raised in Southern California. It took me two application cycles to get into medical school. I took a total of three years in between graduating college and starting medical school, during which I worked as an Emergency Department scribe and as a food server at a winery part time. I am a first-generation college student in the United States as both my parents are immigrants, and I am the first in my family to pursue medicine. I hope to provide any guidance I possibly can based on my experience because I know how confusing and frustrating navigating the medical school process can be especially when you don’t have a lot of guidance if you are the first in your family to pursue medicine. Feel free to ask me anything; I’m here to help in whatever way I can.”

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