Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Diondra Burney

Undergraduate Studies: BA in Sociology; minors in Africana Studies, Biology & Spanish, Villanova University

“I have always known that I wanted to be a physician, but was ignorant to the field of osteopathic medicine until my junior year in university, when my MCAT class instructor shared that he was going to an osteopathic medical college. From there, I did my own research and fell in love with the profession.

“During my interview tour, NSU-COM quickly became my first choice and on that day, I stated that if I were accepted, I would accept. The rest is history. I love NSU's campus, being able to study outside in beautiful weather after a stressful day, the educational environment where students of other medical fields enhance the learning discussions, the phenomenal faculty and staff and the college’s welcoming atmosphere. My colleagues and I have formed an amazing support system for studying and social gatherings, and although we all are working for a common goal, there is no malicious competition. That has made the journey so much better and more encouraging.

“Following college graduation, I studied abroad in Uganda, traveled to numerous countries, and worked as a social worker. These experiences opened my eyes to the need for more doctors that could treat patients in low socioeconomic, nontraditional medical settings, and this motivated me to pursue osteopathic medicine, especially because of its emphasis on primary care for the underserved, the ability to use OMT and the focus on patient care. I look forward to practicing as a DO in underserved communities both inside and outside of the United States.”