This month’s Professional Spotlight is Rahwana Amare. Rahwana is preparing to return to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School this fall for her second year of Medical School. August is National Back to School Month, in line with that theme Rahwana offers some advice for those going back to school this month.

Could you briefly describe what you’re currently in school for?

I am currently entering my second year at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I will receive my degree in June of 2020.

How did you come to decide that this was the right career path for you?

It’s hard to articulate my decision to pursue medicine. It honestly just felt right to me. While there have been many challenges along the way, I was always drawn back to the medical field. My various clinical experiences including working as a care coordinator with opioid patients, volunteering at hospitals domestic and abroad have solidified my commitment to medicine. These opportunities have made me believe that medicine is truly my calling.

What have you done over the summer to prepare for your return back to school?

I am currently doing community research under the Department of Family Medicine specifically cancer survivorship care. My research focuses on improving follow-up care specifically for breast, colorectal, and prostate patients.

Is there a philosophy that drives you as you pursue your degree?

My philosophy has always been that aligning your life’s work with intrinsic ethos always steers you in the proper direction. When we allow our life’s work to be guided with purpose and intent, we always wind up on the path that is destined for us.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in Medical School so far?

I coordinated a week of events under the REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Health) organization that consisted of touching on various issues in medicine as it pertains to race & ethnicity. It was extremely successful and there was a great turnout of students. It is imperative to understand the historical implications of race& ethnicity in the medical field.

What’s one piece of advice you would give someone looking to apply to Med School?

Seek mentorship! Your mentors are your most valuable resources. Consult them and pick their brain apart. Learn as much as you can about their respective fields and professions.

Outside of all your hard work and effort in Med School, what do you do for fun? Hobbies? 

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy traveling and leisure reading whenever I have the opportunity.