OSUCOM Student Story – Melanie Russell

My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and at a young age nobody really wanted to, or I guess could, explain it to me. So that led me to kind of just start researching all these different disorders: Parkinson’s, Huntington, Alzheimer’s, and I was very interested. And then I enrolled into a school for science and medicine called “John Hay” and from there, I just fell in love with it. I went to undergrad here at Ohio State and I’m a medical student so I have been here for a very long time. And I feel like each year that I stay here, the tradition grows. We have this atmosphere of helping one another and kind of lifting each other up and we all just want to see everybody succeed. Ohio State is at the forefront for both research and education. I really value the autonomy that students have in navigating their education. No matter what you’re looking for, I think the Ohio State can provide that to you. I would like to be an anesthesiologist and I want to work in an underserved area. I grew up in an underserved area, so I feel it’s only right. I’m actually the director of MD Camp. And so MD Camp serves to bring in students from underrepresented areas to kind of expose them to what the life of a medical student is and what to expect when you get into medical school, and increase their own passions and their excitement to join the medical field. A lot of students from underrepresented areas don’t have that opportunity. So I feel I’m very fortunate to be in this role and mentor the next generation of possible physicians, which I think is super cool.

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