Adrian Coscia

Adrian CosciaClass of 2017

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

Minor: Mathematics

Studying at the Harvard Medical School in the MD-PhD Program

Q: Why did you choose to pursue a career in healthcare?

For two main reasons: I was drawn to biology and research, and I wanted to make the most meaningful contribution possible. Nothing is more important than your health, so choosing a career in healthcare allowed me to combine the satisfaction of doing research with the fulfillment of treating patients.

Q: What are some meaningful extracurricular activities that you were involved in while at UConn?

Research was my most meaningful experience at UConn, and building a skillset in research gave me context for approaching complex medical problems. Working as a clinical research assistant at Connecticut Children's Medical Center as part of MCB 3100 Introduction to Translational Research was also influential, and taught me that I really enjoyed pediatrics.

Q: What did you do during your growth year(s) and what did you learn?

I took three years to work as a research assistant in the lab of a physician-scientist to gain more research experience and ultimately decide whether to pursue a career in medicine. I learned I was better suited for a career in which I could do research and practice medicine, rather than doing research alone.

Q: What are some ways that you take care of your mental health and overall wellbeing?

Choosing something that I really enjoy doing day-to-day is the best thing I've done for my mental health. In times of stress, taking time off and being with family works well for me.