Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nabila Lehachi Waheed
Undergraduate Studies: BS in Chemistry, SUNY ESF/Syracuse University
“Having been raised in a third world country, where the lack of primary care affects the lives of millions of people, makes me particularly fond of the rural health and primary care emphasis at osteopathic medical schools. Also, osteopathic medicine appeals to me because it looks at the body as a puzzle, then tries to put all of the pieces carefully together. Osteopathic physicians do not rush to conclusions; OMT training gives osteopathic physicians the confidence and comfort to interact with their patients, and properly conduct a thorough physical exam.
“RVUCOM is one of the newest osteopathic medical schools, and offers a state-of-the-art facility in the beautiful state of Colorado. One of the first things that attracted me to the school is its integrated curriculum, which enhances theory and applies learning to real cases. The professors have been selected from medical schools around the country to ensure a high-quality education. During my first two years at RVUCOM, I was elected as a class curriculum representative. During this experience, the dean, the faculty, and the curriculum committee were very receptive to student’s input and implemented many of the changes that we requested to improve the curriculum.
“I have chosen to pursue a career in oncology. I feel the most critical aspect of care is giving patients a sense of empowerment and the ability to participate in their care. I believe that my osteopathic experience and OMT training will help me listen, care, and respond to patients’ needs and questions in a way that develops a more fluid and integrated sense of care. This is the most rewarding aspect of any specialty in medicine; I believe this is especially true in circumstances surrounding a diagnosis of cancer.”