Adrian Coscia; University of Connecticut, Class of 2017; Major, Molecular and Cell Biology; Minor, Mathematics; Harvard Medical School, MD/PhD program class of 2027
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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.

What were 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.

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.

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.