Tell us about yourself and your family
I was born in Rochester, New York and cherish my traditional, Italian-American family upbringing. I have one younger brother, Phillip Suozzi, and we are four years apart in age. Growing up my parents made several sacrifices to instill the value of a Catholic education for their children. I am grateful for their unconditional love and support as I carve out my path to medicine.
My alma mater, St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus, Ohio nourishes and promotes my motivation for service to the community, the ethic of disciplined work, and character development. As a first generation college graduate I received my Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience from Ohio State University in May 2017. I attended three different academic institutions while working full time in order to complete my pre-medical course of study debt-free in six years. I continue to be involved in the graduate-student based organization, Neuroscience Education for Urban and Rural Outreach (NEURO), dedicated to advancing knowledge of the nervous system for students, parents, and teachers throughout the Ohio State community. I pioneered collaborations with Columbus Academy and The Wellington School summer programs by developing, directing, and lecturing my Neuro Wellness course.
I hope to significantly improve my MCAT score on May 5th, 2018 before applying to medical schools early in the 2018 cycle. As a student research volunteer in the Department of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I engage in translational and clinical research projects. I value the opportunity to develop both my basic science and clinical research skills early on in my career. I have found that in every learning environment it is important to surround yourself with mentors who are driven to challenge you. I am very fortunate to have met a physician-scientist mentor, Dr. Michelle Humeidan, early on in my preparation for medical school that has been down a similar path to mine. Concurrently, I wish to recognize Dr. Fievos Christofi for his insights and expertise on approaching clinical research questions from the perspective of a basic scientist.
How you came to be at the clinic
Cristina Ortiz, third year Ohio State medical student and president of the Catholic Medical Association Student Section, referred me to Audrey Barker, administrative coordinator at Physicians CareConnection in October 2016. Team-based collaboration among health care professionals is critical to provide optimal treatment plans for vulnerable patients within the Central Ohio community. I encourage current and prospective community volunteers at Physicians CareConnection to frame this clinical experience as a learning opportunity where one can gain valuable insights from an array of medical specialists dedicated to the fundamental principles of the patient-doctor relationship.
A story that you want to share that had an impact on your education/career/clinic path
On Sundays, as a hospital Eucharistic minister, I visit patients too sick to attend mass or at the end of life. Interactions on the wards, in ICU, in silence, or deep conversation has aided in my bedside manner and professional rapport with patients, families, and friends. After rounding patients in the hospital, I make a trip to see a special woman by the name of Patti Ruble at her Creative Living apartment on Perry Street. Patti contracted polio at the age of 12 in 1955 and has since been quadriplegic. To sit down and engage in cross-generational discussions on what it means to live a fruitful life with a woman who feels truly blessed to be living is very powerful. Carrying this perspective over to Monday evenings as lead room filler, I am responsible for maintaining optimal flow of the clinic by assigning patients to the correct medical specialist for their scheduled and/or walk-in appointments.