Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Carlyn K. Sainvil, MBS

Undergraduate Studies: BS in Biological Sciences, Florida State University

Graduate Studies: MS in Biomedical Sciences, Midwestern University

“Many people know Haiti as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. To my family, it is home, and to me it represents the foundation for my passion in underserved medicine, and was among the reasons I decided to embark on this medical journey. As a pre-med student, I had the opportunity to join a medical team of volunteers on a mission trip to various cities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I also was among 25 students selected to participate in a research fellowship program at Weil Cornell Medical College. Upon graduating college, I worked as a high school biology teacher for a year before continuing my education.

“As a master’s student, I continued my advocacy for underserved communities by serving as the President of the Underserved Medicine Club. The BMS program at MWU allowed me to have a hands-on approach to research, exposed me to graduate-level courses, but most importantly helped me to decide on my first-choice medical school. CCOM’s campus is unique in that it is structured and completely dedicated to the pursuit of advanced health care professional degrees. One of the reasons I chose CCOM was the faculty and staff. Here at CCOM there is an open-door policy, which makes me feel part of a family, instead of just another student at the bottom of the totem pole.  The non-competitive environment among my classmates was confirmation that I chose the right school. And, as cliché as this may sound, here at CCOM, everyone, from the classmate sitting next to you, to the dean of students, is here to help you.”