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Gabriela Medici Sousa

Gabriela Medici Sousa

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Undergraduate Institution: McGill University

Undergraduate Major: Psychology, with a minor in Health Geography

Type of Work: Medical scribe in the Emergency Department.

Why did you choose the MS Health Communication Program at Northwestern University?

The MSHC program at Northwestern is very unique. It has a curriculum and opportunities unlike any other program I found when applying for my masters. The class has a diverse group of people from all stages of life and various careers which is a great opportunity to learn about career options and various ways people will apply this degree to their profession. The proseminar is unique to this program which promotes personal development and growth as well as career inspirations and network. When I discovered this program I thought Saturday classes were a great idea because it still allows time for students to work and depending on the field of work, it allows students to apply class material to their profession on a weekly basis. This program turned out to be exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for.

What are your career goals?

My career goals include helping the medically underserved with access to care and aiding in providing more preventative care to patients. I’m interested in working with low income and minority groups to incorporate healthy habits into their everyday life to promote healthy outcomes and longevity. I’m also interested in epidemiology and hope to one day work with organizations that help areas in medical crisis worldwide.

What is your favorite part of the program so far?

I love the sense of community within this program. The classes are small and everyone is very passionate about the program which is really refreshing.

Any tips on balancing school, work, and life? 

With a busy schedule I find it important to schedule a time for everything to keep myself on track. I try to make a schedule for when I’m going to study, workout, hang out with my friends or just watch Netflix and relax.

Is there any additional advice or information that you would share?

Come into this program with an open mind, there’s a lot to learn from class, professors, staff and classmates.