Presenter Information

Crystal Romero

Start Date

21-3-2015 11:15 AM

End Date

21-3-2015 11:35 AM

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As an undergraduate student in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences I was confident that I wanted to be a physician; however, I was also intrigued by the field of Public Health. Consequently, I pursued a Master’s degree concentrating in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Personally, I saw the attainment of this degree as a means of developing a skill set for future practice as a physician. Public health concentrates on community health needs, while medicine focuses more on the needs of an individual patient. During this time I worked on a project at the Broward County Health Department that allowed me to investigate the Descriptive Epidemiology of dengue fever. In 2012 I started medical school, where I became actively involved in health policy and took a leave of absence. During that time, among other things, I worked as an external candidate for the CDC/W policy office on Capitol Hill. Being a part of the dynamic interplay between politics and medicine was enthralling; finding a profession that ignites such passion should be the ultimate goal. One of the life lessons I have learned along the way is a willingness to adapt to change and the unexpected nature of life. The true goal in any profession is a balance that allows you to be your best self both on and off the job. This presentation will highlight pearls I have picked up along the way (i.e. passion, adaptability, and goal-setting).

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Mar 21st, 11:15 AM Mar 21st, 11:35 AM

My Path From Farquhar College Of Arts And Science To The Field Of Medicine

As an undergraduate student in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences I was confident that I wanted to be a physician; however, I was also intrigued by the field of Public Health. Consequently, I pursued a Master’s degree concentrating in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Personally, I saw the attainment of this degree as a means of developing a skill set for future practice as a physician. Public health concentrates on community health needs, while medicine focuses more on the needs of an individual patient. During this time I worked on a project at the Broward County Health Department that allowed me to investigate the Descriptive Epidemiology of dengue fever. In 2012 I started medical school, where I became actively involved in health policy and took a leave of absence. During that time, among other things, I worked as an external candidate for the CDC/W policy office on Capitol Hill. Being a part of the dynamic interplay between politics and medicine was enthralling; finding a profession that ignites such passion should be the ultimate goal. One of the life lessons I have learned along the way is a willingness to adapt to change and the unexpected nature of life. The true goal in any profession is a balance that allows you to be your best self both on and off the job. This presentation will highlight pearls I have picked up along the way (i.e. passion, adaptability, and goal-setting).