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RUSM’s Maria Uliano gets her 1st Choice Residency Match in her Home Town

March 21, 2014

Maria Uliano, 28, a native of Long Island, N.Y., has achieved her lifelong goal of returning home to complete a residency in Family Medicine at Glen Cove Hospital. The RUSM graduate has matched into her first choice.

Why did she choose RUSM? “It had been my dream to become a doctor since the sixth grade, and it seemed that if anyone would give me the opportunity to work hard, prove myself and to make my dream come true, it would be RUSM,” she said.

Uliano, who earned her undergraduate degree with a major in biology and a minor in English from Stony Brook University in N.Y., found the Dominica campus challenging, at first. However, she said, “I would not trade my experiences for a second. The key to enjoying the island is to maintain a positive attitude. There will be things that go wrong, you won’t have the luxuries you have in the U.S.” The upside is, “You will make lifelong friends, you will have unforgettable experiences, you will study like you have never studied in your life, and you will make your dream come true to become a doctor.”

During her Foundations of Medicine studies on Dominica, Uliano was involved in several clubs and organizations. She was a member of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), which gave her an opportunity to “participate in health fairs and clinics offered to the under-privileged, to screen for diabetes, and to promote women’s health,” she said. She was also a member of the Italian-American Association, “a social club that allowed us to participate in charity events and to promote environmental awareness,” Uliano said. She added, “I also started a kickball team, which was a lot of fun.”

Speaking about her residency match, Uliano said, “I am interested in Family Medicine because I want to have a strong and personal doctor-patient relationship with all of my patients. I believe it is that relationship that can earn your patients’ trust, which will allow you to be an advocate for your patients and truly make a difference in their lives and their health. I want to help my patients to live long and healthy lives so that they have more time to spend with their families.”

Tags: Alumni , Residency , New York

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Just reading these stories motivates me to apply to RUSM, in addition to going to the conference held in Austin. Excited to start my application this summer. I would greatly love the opportunity to pursue my passion!!!
 
Elise 7:06PM 03/21/14

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