Shaina is in her second year of an M.D./M.P.H. program at Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. She participated in the career development program at Mayo Clinic in Florida during the summer of 2007.
"Because I was a first-year medical student at the time, the career development program offered me my first real experience in a clinical setting. Having the opportunity to shadow a clinician was definitely the highlight for me. I worked with real patients and began learning the art of presenting cases to colleagues.
"The mentors working with us were great. They taught us so much, and each night we would have the opportunity to go to dinner with a different group to ask them questions about their particular specialty. They gave us honest answers about the positives and negatives of their specialties to help us make informed decisions as we start thinking about residencies. The program definitely reinforced my desire to be a doctor. What a great prelude to my future in medicine."