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Alumni Interview

Ben Darbro

A funny thing happened on the way to medical school

MSTP student
Medicine Alumni Society Board of Advisors
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

"My medical education has been great here at the University of Iowa. I have been more than prepared to go into clinics. We get exposed to patients early on in our medical education and the administration is extremely supportive and understanding of students."

Ben Darbro's journey to the University of Iowa happened by accident, although he says it turned out to be a good one.

"The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine got put on my AMCAS test by accident. My girlfriend heard it was a good school and put it on there for me. I didn't even know she had done it until I got a secondary application."

That was almost four years ago, and Darbro is very happy with the decision he made to receive his medical education at the UI. He feels the caring staff, outstanding medical education and just the state itself are all reasons he's enjoyed the UI so much.

"My medical education has been great here at the University of Iowa. I have been more than prepared to go into clinics. We get exposed to patients early on in our medical education and the administration is extremely supportive and understanding of students. Iowa is also a great place to live. The people are so friendly and considerate, and I like the fact that you get to experience all four seasons here!"

Alumni are also a part of what makes the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine such a great medical institution. However, Darbro feels alumni can contribute so much more than just money.

"I think the best way alumni can give back and be involved in our medical education, especially for MSTP students is to share their experiences as to what they do within their career. Many MSTP students wonder for a long time what they're going to do when they graduate from medical school, and it would be useful to know that there are careers paths for us in industry and not just academia. Sharing your experiences and providing your knowledge is one of the greatest things you can give back to your alma mater."

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Medicine Alumni Society
medicine-alumni@uiowa.edu
Phone: 319-335-8886
Toll Free: 877-MEDIOWA
Fax: 319-384-1746