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Jonas Nelson

Hometown: York, Pa
Undergraduate College & Degree: Johns Hopkins University, Public Health Studies
Extracurricular Activities & Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and daughter, running, cycling, music

Why do you want to be a doctor?

I have always loved science, and the sociology of human interactions, so medicine was a logical choice for me. Growing up, I had a number of medically related experiences at a young age (in addition to growing up with a physician father) that laid the foundation for my future career. I think I was set on being a physician after 7th grade. I went on a short-term medical trip to a rural area of India and worked with a medical team. I was able to see medicine in its essence and was inspired even at that young age.

In your opinion, what are the attributes of an ideal physician?

Intelligent, caring, compassionate, empathetic, and skillful.

What have you enjoyed most about medical school?

I have greatly enjoyed the clinical years, but the part that surprised me the most is how integral research has become in my medical school experience and education. I am currently completing a year-out research fellowship, and I would argue that this has been the best part of my medical school experience to this point.

Which class and/or rotation has been your favorite?

I love surgery, and truly enjoyed my surgical rotation. We rotate with a number of different services including a 3 weeks at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. I must say however, that many of my third year rotations were excellent, most notably for me internal medicine and family medicine.

Do you know yet what your specialty will be?

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. On a short term medical trip to India, I worked with a plastic surgeon and was fascinated by the types of procedures that he did. When I came to the School of Medicine, I met with the surgeons in the division, and began attending weekly conferences that truly helped to display the many areas within the specialty. I then began doing research in the field, and opted to do a fellowship to gain further research training.

What do you think of the research opportunities here?

There are excellent research opportunities Those who purse research are able to find funding through summer grants designed by the Office of Student research, or through outside funding sources. We have had a number of students receive very prestigious grants to conduct research between their first and second years of medical school.

What advice do you have for aspiring medical students?

Set your eyes on a goal, and work towards it. Even if something doesn’t work out exactly as you had hoped along the way, there are many paths to that goal, and keep moving towards it – if it’s truly what you want.

Jonas Nelson

Jonas Nelson