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Rosa Rios Avendano

Rosa Rios Avendano

What is your hometown?
I am from Nicaragua.
What are your interests/hobbies?
Traveling, teaching, public speaking
What are your favorite Chicago activities?
Visiting the Chicago museums. My favorite museum in Chicago is the “Science and Industry Museum.”
Walking on Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.
Did you work full time through the program?
As an international student, I was enrolled as a full-time student. Also, I participated in many volunteer activities in Chicago such as advocacy project educator, scientific research, and medical student externship.

Was time commitment reasonable?
The time commitment was reasonable, and I was able to balance work and school assignments.

Professionally, what are you doing now?
I am applying for medical residency training in the U.S. My ultimate goal is to become a teacher for future healthcare professionals.
Tell us about a “Northwestern moment.” More specifically, was there a moment either in class or otherwise associated with the program where something really clicked for you?
The overall experience was fantastic. I was amazed to realize the need for improving quality and reducing the cost of health care in this country. In this class, I learned that less than 50% of the U.S. population receives recommended health care. Later courses gave me the tools to better persuade patients and promote patient-centered care. Every class had its unique charm and value.

How has the program changed the way you view healthcare?     
Thanks to this program, I am a better consumer and provider of health care in the United States. I will use my communication skills to provide better patient care regarding quality, safety, and patient experience. My communications skills will enhance patient outcomes as I bring a new approach to the patient- doctor relationship.

Did you discover anything new or unexpected at Northwestern?
The program gave me many opportunities and benefits. Health Communication has been a valuable program where networking, education quality, and student support surpassed my expectations.