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In Their Own Words

Tulane School of Medicine students answer the question, "What is it like to go to medical school in New Orleans?"


Amponsah EdithEdith Amponsah, Class of 2024

"What is it like to attend medical school in New Orleans? It's like serious work with a side of fun. The opportunities to de-stress, get involved, and rejuvenate are endless in the city. I see a lot of remnants of African heritage all around the city, and as an African immigrant, it brings me some comfort living and studying here. From the food to second line, there are several aspects of this city that resonate with me and make it a joy to live and study here."


honda michelleAndrew Parker, Class of 2024

"New Orleans is an incredibly vibrant city with a rich history and culture. It is an exceptionally fun place to live with a range of things to enjoy, whether it be the amazing food, jazz both in concert halls and parks, or even walking through the different neighborhoods. Tulane understands that New Orleans is an asset and builds in opportunities to explore the city with free time after exams, elective classes, and service-learning opportunities. I also really value the network of clinics that we have throughout the city that provide services ranging from basic check-ups to TB tests to Hep A vaccination. Finally, students are given the tools to mold our paths through school to best meet our needs. Professors and physicians are quick to respond and always happy to get students involved in research or shadowing, course directors seek candid feedback at the end of every block, and students are trusted to run clinics which enables us to gain experience serving patients. "


Kessler RaymondTuhin Choudhary, Class of 2024

"I feel so incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to attend TUSOM and to have the chance to spend four years in New Orleans. You can really feel a sense of community whether if that is running into a classmate at the local grocery store or everyone getting excited for an upcoming Saints game. Tulane really captures the spirit of community service. Volunteering at the student run clinics has been one of the most meaningful experiences not only because students have the ability to further develop their clinical skills, but we get the chance to understand and meet the people who live in our community. Furthermore, there are endless opportunities here to really pursue your passions. Having the chance to pursue a public health degree through the dual degree program has really allowed me to get a more holistic education and comprehensive understanding of the social determinants of health in addition to my medical school education. TUSOM is also always receptive to student feedback. Lastly, I am so grateful for my classmates and to be at a place that is both collaborative and supportive."


Kobashigawa ErinAlyssa Singer, Class of 2024

"When I decided on Tulane for college, I did not realize how much I would fall in love with the school and New Orleans. So, when it was time to apply to medical school, obviously Tulane was where I wanted to be! Pretty much everything about TUSOM makes it the perfect place to study medicine. If I had to narrow it down, I would say I fell in love with the fantastic clinical opportunities and how Tulane integrates service and community into the curriculum. At TUSOM, there is an unwavering commitment to student success. Here, I learn medicine from some of the most supportive and passionate clinicians and professors, experience a unique patient population, and have the best classmates I could ever hope for. I guess you could say that coming to Tulane and experiencing New Orleans was the best decision of my life"


Akingbola BolajiBolaji Akingbola, Class of 2018

"As a New Orleans native who attended undergrad and grad school outside of the state of Louisiana, I was very excited to be back in my home city for medical school. Tulane and New Orleans make for a one of a kind experience, and I could not be happier here. Getting to relearn and experience the city with my classmates has been a wonderful experience. Between the food, music, and festivals there is hardly a dull moment in the city. TUSOM also does a great job of encouraging their students to become a part of the New Orleans community through volunteering and service opportunities throughout the greater metro area. One of my favorite experiences at Tulane so far has been volunteering and being a student leader at one the student-run clinics. As a medical student the basic science curriculum will always keep you busy and stressed out at times. However, being a “regular person” every once in a while by attending a great New Orleans event like Jazzfest or remembering why it is you want to be a doctor in the first place while volunteering at a TUSOM student run clinic, helps being a medical student a less daunting task."


Memari MiladMilad Memari, Class of 2018

"I love being at a place where students are encouraged to make an impact in every way, from our student clinics to our curriculum to the admissions process itself. I wouldn’t have believed you if you had told me how helpful the students are to one another here, and the utter lack of a cut-throat competitive atmosphere among the students. There’s a genuine sense of collaboration and helpfulness among the students, which allows us to focus on the things we want to do as part of our experience here. Being able to serve as our OSR Rep, curriculum committee member, and as a clinic leader for New Orleans Mission has made my medical school experience about much more than the coursework present at every school. Tulane is about much more than that and I am very proud to be a student at such a well-rounded institution."