“The REMS program has become a much larger part of my life than I truthfully would have ever expected it to. Obviously avoiding the MCAT is a plus to getting into medical school, but the big things I have taken away from this program have been the opportunities I’ve made, the freedoms away from medicine I have been afforded, and the friends I have made along the way. These friends are likely to be lifelong and have been great resources and sources of strength when I haven’t possessed it myself.
Throughout my undergraduate experience on the River Campus, I chose to participate in activities and classes that genuinely interested me. I chose to be a chemistry major (I know, not everyone’s first choice, but to each their own) with a history minor and to study abroad for a semester in Stockholm, Sweden. I chose to get involved with the Judicial Branch of student government, the Quidditch Team, Greek Life, the on-campus EMS organization: RC MERT, and genuinely explored as many different interests as I could.
In some ways, the REMS Program allowed me to explore every other option outside of medicine I could have possibly wanted to pursue and through that process I know medicine is the only thing I can see myself doing. It’s a wonderful program that allows you the freedom to become the best version of yourself and enjoy your college experience. At the end of it all, I think that freedom enables you to become a better doctor if you choose to, and for that I am eternally grateful.”
Ian Brodka ’19, ‘23M (MD)
Hometown: Buffalo, NY