As an undergraduate, Karolina Kucybala was accepted early to Feinberg as part of the Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP). Kucybala admits she didn’t consider many other medical schools but recognizes the Education Centered Medical Home (ECMH) as a unique program offered at Feinberg.
“I don’t know of many schools that have an ECMH, but it’s been the best part of Feinberg for me, especially my first two years of medical school.”
Kucybala says she found that ECMH offered a unique environment for learning and valued the mentorship she received from third and fourth year medical students.
As a third-year student, Kucybala is enjoying the opportunity to explore hospitals, such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), Stroger Hospital, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Lurie Children’s Hospital.
“I’ve had the chance to work with experts, who have been the first to perform a specific type of surgery, which is amazing.”
When working in the community clinics outside of Northwestern’s network, Kucybala says she has had many rewarding experiences connecting with patients from Chicago’s Polish community.
“I came from Poland and Chicago has a huge Polish population. I’ve had the chance to use my Polish and break down language barriers, which is one of the most gratifying things I’ve done.”