UMMSM Future Doc Series

UMMSM Future Doc Series January 2020

Featured Doctor Katrina Rosiak

UMMSM Summer Program Completed: Motivation Program, 2016
Undergrad: Florida International University
Degree: Biology Major with Minors in Chemistry and Psychology
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. 2022
Hometown: Miami, FL

Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

I was blessed to be given the opportunity to serve my community as a member of the non-profit organization, Las Misioneras de la Virgin Maria. This organization was founded by my mother’s godmother who was an endocrinologist. She was the first role model I had in the medical field and gave me the motivation to start pursuing a career in medicine. Another motivating factor was my sister being diagnosed with petite mal seizures. The entire process of diagnosing her with this form of seizures took about a year and a half and was initially identified by my pediatrician. I found this experience to be both interesting and informative and it further inspired me to pursue a career in medicine.

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

I would tell premed students to never give up on applying if it is what you are passionate about. The entire application process is a long, rigorous journey, but it is 100% worth it. After years of dreaming about attending medical school, now I’m only two years away from graduating. I would let them know to find a support system and people they can lean on when things get difficult. It is also important to remain humble while you are in school and focus on your plan of being a doctor. Being a medical student is an endless journey of exams and studying, so if you remember why you wanted this career in the first place, the journey will be so much easier and rewarding.

Tell us about your UMMSM Future Medical Scholars Summer Program experience.

I participated the Minority Students in Health Careers Motivation Program in 2016 and it only made my love for medicine stronger. I was able to learn pathology, biochemistry, and even work with cadavers which was something I never got a chance to do in undergraduate college. It was an extremely rewarding experience to be given the chance to participate, and it has only benefited me in the long run. I got a preview of what medical school would be like and built friendships and professional relationships that have grown in the past 4 years.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy going to Disney World, watching movies, traveling and experiencing new adventures.