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Inspiring Students 


Carmen Collins


Hometown: Manchester, GA
Campus: Rome
Year: M4

…I am here because I want to be able to take care of those who cannot care for themselves.

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*Fast Facts: *

  • Co-President of the Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • MCG Northwest Campus 2016-17 Student of the Year
  • Holds an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory
  • Earned a Master's in Public Health from Emory

*What is a typical day for you like?*

A typical day for me is spent working in the hospital wards and clinics with attending physicians, residents, and a wide variety of health professionals (PAs, NPs, Nurse Midwives, CRNAs, Anesthesiology Assistants, Sonographers, RNs, LPNs, MAs, CNAs, etc.). I spend my downtime reviewing topics relevant to the cases I saw throughout the day to help me solidify concepts. I try to work out at least three days a week to reduce stress and maintain my health.

*What would people be surprised to know about you?*

People may be surprised to know that I crochet as an outlet for stress. I make hats, scarves and blankets. I am also a baker (many of my classmates can attest to this!). Brownies, red velvet cake, key lime cake, strawberry cake, lemon pound cake, peach cobbler... just to name a few.

*Who are your role models?*

My parents are my role models. They have always instilled in me the importance of hard work. They also taught me about compassion and treating others with respect. They never meet a stranger. I hope to be a physician that is as compassionate and caring as they have been.

*What advice do you have for students just starting their journey?*

I have two pieces of advice for students beginning their journey. 1) Remeber why you are here. Many times during my first two years of medical school, I would find myself stressed, but I always reminded myself that I am here because I want to be able to take care of those who cannot care for themselves. Every day of medical school brings me closer to that goal. Just simply reminding myself that this struggle is not in vain was a good reminder to keep pushing. "Finish the Drill" is what Dr. Hatley told us at our White Coat ceremony, and it is my mantra during those tough times. 2) Take everything one day at a time. There is so much thrown at you during your time in medical school. It can become overwhelming if you are constantly thinking 12 steps ahead. While the big picture is important, you can only accomplish things one at a time. Take everything day by day. Make daily to-do lists so that you feel accomplished at the end of the day. Every day is a step closer to MD.

*Why did you choose MCG? *

I chose the Medical College of Georgia because it felt like home. I spent two summers at MCG with the SEEP program (pre-college 2007; intermediate college 2008). When I returned for my interview 6 years later, I still felt the comradery that was instilled in me so long ago. It all just felt right. Coming to MCG was the best decision. I would make it over and over again!

*What would you like people to know about MCG? *

I would like people to know about the gem that is the Northwest campus. During your 3rd and 4th years of medical school you may apply to one of the three regional clinical campuses for your clinical rotations. I cannot begin to explain how invaluable my education has been as a Northwest campus student! I have learned and been able to do so much in my year here. The longitudinal curriculum is amazing. I would suggest that anyone like me who is a little shy about speaking up come to the Northwest campus. Here, you are usually the only student, so you cannot "hide" behind your classmates. This forces you to speak up and significantly aids in your learning. Applying to the Northwest campus was the best decision I have made here at MCG!

*What do you hope to do after completing medical school?*

After completing medical school, I hope to become a primary care physician. As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, it is my passion to work in areas where healthcare access is limited, ideally in my home state of Georgia. I want to help reduce health disparities created by lack of access to care. As a native of rural Georgia, I have seen firsthand how living in a medically underserved community can impact long-term health outcomes. I want to become a part of primary care workforce that is working to close the gap of health inequity!

 

Cole Phillips


Hometown: Rome, GA
Campus: Augusta
Year: M3

People at MCG are finding what makes them come alive, and then acting on it for the good of others...

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  • Pursuing the MD / MBA here at MCG
  • Member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UGA
  • Holds a Bahcelor of Arts in History from UGA
  • Member of the Blue Key Honor Society & the Dean William Tate Honor Society at UGA

*What is a typical day like? *

I always try to get up early and start my day with some coffee and reading before I get going. In the first two years, my days looked like going to class from 8:00am to noon and then studying some in the afternoon before going to volunteer somewhere, exercising, doing research, hanging with friends, or some combination of those things later on. Third year is a bit busier and I spend most of my days at the hospital or in the clinic, getting my hands dirty in the real work of medicine, before coming home to exercise and study a little bit and get some hangout time or leisure reading in before bed. And of course, I try to make time for days of adventure because that keeps me sane.

*What would people be surprised to know about you?*

I have a secret life as a cowboy that not many people know about. I grew up with horses, as many as 12 at one time, was raised on a farm during my later childhood, and still feel more at home in the woods than I do in a city. I worked on a ranch in Colorado for a full summer during college, where I cemented my identity as a cowboy and I often yearn for a long horseback ride in the mountains after a long day at the hospital.

*Why did you choose MCG?*

I was drawn to MCG by its culture. The people here created a magnetic culture that pulled me in and said 'you're family.' Everyone here seemed like real people, down to earth, willing to help others around them, and excited to learn medicine together. There were people like me and there were people totally different from me, and I loved that! I wanted to be around people that would challenge me, push me to be the best me I could be, people that were striving to be excellent physicians; not people that were out to prove they were great. It was the people that made MCG the easy choice. Three years in, I can still say that the people are the best part of this place.

 

*What is your greatest accomplishment?*

I think of of the things I'm most proud of is helping to start the organization CURE University, a college organization that now exists at nearly 30 campuses around the country. CURE International works to provide medical care in countries all over the world, like Kenya and Afghanistan, for kids in desperate need of care. I was introduced to this organization in college and a few friends and I helped to create the first ever college organization aimed at raising money for this great cause. My friend and I went on to work at CURE headquarters after college to help bring this program to other schools and now college kids all over the country, from California to New York, work together to raise money for CURE hospitals around the world. We had no idea what we were doing back then but we are thankful that so many college kids can get involved in a great cause and help make a difference around the world.

 

*What has surpised you the most about MCG?*

Maybe it’s just MCG, but I was surprised by how much life existed in medical school. I thought I was coming to sell my soul to school for four years and what I found was the exact opposite. Here I was allowed, encouraged, and pushed to flourish, to finds things I love, both academically and personally, in a community of people around Augusta and at the medical school. There is more to medical school than being buried in books and my classmates are living examples of the good that people can do in all different kinds of areas. There are people here that are pursuing their passions, passions that are as diverse as our students, passions from medical research to community service and advocacy. People at MCG are finding what makes them come alive, and then acting on it for the good of others, and that kind of culture is contagious

*Why did you pursue the MD/ MBA degree path?*

I did not come into medical school with plans to get a business degree, after all hadn't I been in school for long enough? But the more I learned about all the ways to work for good through medicine, in areas like community development, improving access to care for the underserved, or leadership in hospital or clinic management, it became clear that some training in business would be helpful for me. MCG made it incredibly easy to get formal training in business practices and leadership through the dual degree program and it only adds an extra year to my medical school. I look forward to using the lessons I learn as a business student to complement my medical training with hopes of not only treating patients but also helping to develop people and systems in healthcare as well.

 

*What do you hope to do after medical school?*

After medical school, I hope to complete a residency in medicine/pediatrics to be able to see adults and children in a primary care setting. I hope to work in medical ministry in either the inner city or abroad in a third world country. My goal with medicine is be able to reach people and offer them hope and to serve them by helping them heal, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I hope to also contribute to solving problems with the healthcare system in America and to one day enter hospital administration or medical education. And of course, I hope to be a great husband, loving dad, and someone who always remembers to laugh more than I cry and to invest deeply in the people around me. After all, it’s the people we invest in that will be the mark of our legacy when we’re gone.

 

 

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