UMMSM Future Doc Series

UMMSM Future Doc Series May 2019

Promotional image for Future Doc Series - Nia Rush

UMMSM Summer Programs completed: Motivation, Summer 2015
Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Global Health Studies
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine MD/MPH Program, 1st year
Hometown: Mitchellville, Maryland

Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

I decided to pursue a career in medicine because I grew up seeing the health disparities that existed in my community and I wanted to try to do something about it. In addition to this I say my father struggle with his health. Watching him go through what he went through and losing him really made me decide that this is what I was going to do. While growing up I also did not see many doctors who looked like me. I wanted to pursue this career so that I can encourage students and young people who look like me to go after whatever they aspire. I want to show children from my community that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to. I also want to be able to mentor and help those students get through this process.

What advice would you give to premed students applying to medical school?

I would encourage premed students who are applying to make sure that they don’t rush the process. If you are not ready when you graduate from undergraduate there is nothing wrong with that. Do whatever you need to do to make yourself a competitive applicant. Furthermore, I would encourage them to never give up. If this is a dream you have continue to work for it, do not limit yourself and do not give up on yourself.

Tell us about your UMMSM Medical Scholars Summer Program experience.

I participated in the MSHCMP in the summer of 2015. The relationships I built while completing the program were very influential during my process of applying to medical school, I was able to get advice from students in my cohort who had already been accepted into medical school and support from the faculty within the Office of Diversity. This program really strengthened my desire to pursue a career in medicine and really helped me to trust the process of getting into school. The program is a big part of the reason why I decided to come to the University of Miami. I realized during the program that I was not going to be ready to go through the application when I originally intended but I also realized that there was nothing wrong with that, and that at the end of the day applying when I was ready lead to the best possible outcome.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to relax or go out to eat with friends and family. I also like to travel if time allows.