The Student Experience
Outside of the classroom, TUSOM students have an opportunity to become involved in a variety of opportunities and experiences. We hope to provide a snapshot here of the richness of our students' lives.
Erika Chow, Class of 2020
"I grew up in the Bay Area, New York, and Boston, and I never imagined I could love New Orleans so much until I came to visit for the first time about a decade ago. The city is so incredibly vibrant and the people are so friendly that it can't help but pull you in. When it came time to decide where to apply for medical school, Tulane was at the top of my list because I wanted to live in New Orleans, but also because of what I learned about the school as I did my research and talked to people who knew about Tulane's reputation. I chose to come to Tulane for three reasons: the student clinic experience, the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, and how happy I had heard Tulane medical students were (something that was confirmed on interview day). At Tulane, you get a first rate education with amazing classmates, learn from really passionate dedicated professors and clinicians, work with an incredibly sick but also gracious and loving community, and match well every year, but you get to do it while having a complete blast. New Orleans has something for everyone - art, music, food, and museums, and I wanted to enjoy my medical school experience, not just suffer through it. The Tulane community encourages students to really explore the city and be a part of it, as well as make meaningful contributions to the TUSOM legacy. As a student, your requests and project ideas are taken seriously by faculty and administration, and they are so open to working with students to implement the changes that we want. Everyone will rave to you about the student run clinic experience, but one of my favorite experiences outside of clinics has been Goldring. I've always had a passion for food and nutrition related to health, and it has been amazing to be able to learn real tips on cooking, how to eat healthier, and how to counsel patients to make changes to their lifestyles that can be difficult to sell. If you get involved with Goldring in your first two years, you have an opportunity to go to Johnson and Wales, one of the best culinary institutions in the country, for an away rotation in fourth year which is just amazing to me. Overall, coming to Tulane and New Orleans was one of the best decisions of my life, and the education, experiences, and friends I have made here have been second to none."
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