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Anthony Gacita Remembers a Proud Moment

Anthony Gacita’s proudest moment so far at Feinberg was when he received a Student Senate Service Award during Founders’ Day in recognition of his commitment to community service and leadership.

A second-year medical student in the Medical Scientist Training Program and president of Queers and Allies, an LGBT student group at Feinberg, Gacita helped organize the release of the medical school’s first OutList, a voluntary public roster of faculty, staff and students who identify as LGBT.

Anthony with fellow students

Anthony Gacita stands with fellow recipients of the Student Senate Service Award during Founders’ Day 2015 in recognition of his commitment to community service and leadership.

“I thought it was great to receive recognition for the work we’ve been doing,” Gacita says. “The reception for the LGBT OutList was a culmination of a lot of work. It was nice to finally see it come through, there were a lot of obstacles that we had to face to get there.”

As an MD/PhD student, Gacita will finish the first two years of medical school and complete his PhD before returning to medical school for his clinical rotations. So far, Gacita has liked how engaging and concerned faculty are with student learning.

“I remember I had a question after a cardiology lecture; I emailed the professor, and he got back to me immediately,” he says. “I was impressed he took the time to respond and get individualized feedback.”

In the next year, Gacita is excited to start his PhD studying the genetic basis of cardiomyopathy in the lab of Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Genetic Medicine.

Anthony Gacita

“I wanted to be in a city where I could have something new to do every day. When I came here, I loved the location of Feinberg and where it was located in Chicago.”