Annette Dekker finds the diversity she seeks at Feinberg

Annette Dekker at Hillside Clinic in Belize where she conducts a needs assessment of the clinic, including an evaluation of the understanding and care of hypertension and type II diabetes.

Annette Dekker at Hillside Clinic in Belize where she conducts a needs assessment of the clinic, including an evaluation of the understanding and care of hypertension and type II diabetes.

Given her interest in working with underserved communities, Annette Dekker was drawn to Feinberg for the opportunity to work with patients of many different ethnicities and backgrounds.

“First and foremost, you have the chance to work with a very diverse patient population, which Feinberg does a phenomenal job of exposing you to even in your first two years as a student.”

With an interest in primary care, Dekker was also impressed by Feinberg’s Education Centered Medical Home’s (ECMH) offering of a clinic for students to experience the continuity of care in all four years at Feinberg.

“Even if you’re not interested in primary care, the opportunity to work with third or fourth year students in your first year was really good mentorship.”

With an interest in travel and global health, Dekker enjoys taking advantage of the free time she does have to explore the many diverse neighborhoods of Chicago.

“Chicago is such a big city, but the diversity in each neighborhood makes it feel like its own entity, so it’s been fun to explore.”

During her three years, Dekker has also valued the community service opportunities at Feinberg, including her work with Good Neighbors, which provides outreach to the homeless population in Chicago, and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

Annette Decker at computer in student lounge

“One thing I have definitely seen over the last few years is that the administration is very supportive and open to change. I think that is something that is hard to anticipate when you’re looking at schools and it’s something that has been a positive thing during my three years here.”