Before enrolling at GLIT, I worked in a dental office, because I planned on going to dental hygiene school. I also worked as an in-home healthcare provider for an elderly woman. But I've always been fascinated with the surgical setting and I knew that I wanted to eventually work in medicine. I decided to enroll at GLIT after talking to a close friend who also happened to be a past student. I did my externship at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh where I had the opportunity to be exposed to various surgical procedures in general surgery, orthopedics, OBGYN, ENT, Plastics and also Neurology.
Q: Tell us about your experience with job searching.
After I graduated, I applied to various local hospitals, but I was starting to get discouraged. All that changed when I applied to Johns Hopkins Hospital in May. I would not have even known about this position if it weren't for the help of Carl Rozenek from the Great Lakes employment team. So, I took the chance and was selected to interview! I can't even put into words how I felt when I pulled up outside of the hospital that morning. I walked in with my head held high and told myself that no matter what happens, I was still blessed enough to get the chance to interview at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country. And I was offered a job in both cardiovascular and trauma departments!
I decided to relocate to Baltimore MD because I had been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work and train at the best hospital in the country. What I really like about Johns Hopkins is how nice everyone is. Everyone is always smiling and willing to help.
Q: What advice would you give to future ST graduates?
Simply: "don't give up". The program is difficult but you get out what you put into it. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are countless resources available for you. Lastly, always keep an open mind; don't close yourself off to the idea of relocation. So far this has been a wonderful adventure, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of my instructors, friends, and family.
Q: What did you like most about your overall experience at GLIT?
I really enjoyed the small class sizes because it allowed for individual time with my instructors, and that made for a learning experience that I wouldn't trade for the world. I highly recommend this program because I feel that it does an excellent job at preparing you for what you will encounter in the operating room. Many of my preceptors have complemented me on my skill set and knowledge of the field and I have Great Lakes to thank for that!