Pooja Patel

Home town: Schaumburg, IL
Undergrad School: Drake University
Age:  24


Any advice for prospective students?

I would recommend keeping an open mind during each and every interview. Also, spend your time on campus wisely; make sure to talk to first and second year students, tour the campus and ask questions because that may be where you spend the next few years!

Extracurricular activities:

I am active in several clubs on campus including Oncology Club, Pediatrics Club, SOMA and ACMG SIG. Outside of DMU, I volunteer in the Emergency Department at Blank Children’s Hospital. During my free time, I enjoy painting, reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Why DMU?

I was really impressed with the program, the students and my interview experience at DMU. The students were very welcoming and approachable, even after my visit.  The interviewers really took the time to get to know me as a person which was not the case at other schools. In short, I chose DMU because I liked the atmosphere!

Career objectives:

I am interested in Pediatric Oncology, but I have not ruled out other possibilities.

Favorite thing about Des Moines:

The people – they are just so nice!