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P&S Class of 2015: Meet a Few of Our New Graduates

May 18, 2015

More than 150 P&S students will graduate with an MD degree at the 2015 Columbia Commencement. We chatted with a few to learn about their future plans and what drew them to medicine. 

Aliaa Abdelhakim: Adds an MD to Her PhD from MIT

While at P&S, Aliaa worked in the Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership free clinic, serving the destitute and forgotten. “I feel I owe the patients here a lot,” she says. “I would love to continue practicing in a place like New York, which has such a diverse and gracious patient population. Read more.

Rebecca Bausell: Grew Up Discussing Medical Research at the Dinner Table

The weeks leading up to Match Day are a time of suspense for medical students. But for Rebecca, the suspense was compounded by another factor: She was pregnant with twins and due any minute. Read more.

Alanna Boyajian and Robert "Mack" Brickley: Mixing Medicine with Adventure

Alanna and Mack each took time off and worked with troubled teenagers before starting medical school. Read more.

Adam de Fazio: Former Lawyer, Future Urologist

“Sometimes you have to try something to find out what’s not right for you,” Adam says. “I liked the law, but I felt disconnected from the real world.” Read more.

Ezinne and Ukachi Emeruwa: Sisters Head to Residencies on East and West Coasts

“Like a lot of kids of physicians,” says Ukachi, the elder of the two by a year and a half, “we grew up knowing we wanted to be doctors, eventually. But first we wanted to be singers.” Read more.

Mark Harris: Using the Columbia-Bassett Program to See the Bigger Picture

At Columbia-Bassett, “we’re able to create a bond with patients,” Mark says. “They see us as an integral part of their care, especially when going from visit to visit—from specialists to surgery to follow-ups.” Read more.

Eugene Jang: Parents Resisted the Idea of Medical School

Eugene's parents are Korean immigrants and live in a medically underserved community, "so we have had a lot of struggles with the health care system. From our perspective as patients, we didn’t see doctors as being that helpful,” the Queens native says. Read more.

Naikhoba Munabi: Global Perspective is Important

For Naikhoba, medicine is not always about the absolute correct answer, "but about what will work best for that particular person, in that place, at that specific time.” Read more.

Katie Nash: A Change in Focus

Katie's father, who practiced internal medicine, had advised her against being pre-med in college. “He wanted to me to try out other things, to be sure I was making my own decisions,” she says. “He didn’t want medicine to be all I knew.” Read more.

Jonathan Salik: A Holistic Approach to Medicine

"We spend most of medical school learning to diagnose and treat illnesses," Jonathan says, "yet often the hardest questions are not merely medical; they are social, ethical, moral, even legal.” Read more.

Hanjay Wang: “I cannot imagine a more fulfilling career path”

As conductor and co-founder of the CUMC Symphony Orchestra, Hanjay is adept at managing a multitude of parts that coalesce into a whole. Read more.

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