Nicole Saphier, MD, '08, Director of Breast Imaging, Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth, Middletown, NJ
Like many medical students, Nicole Saphier, MD '08, decided to become a doctor for altruistic reasons. She notes that she didn't fully understand what that would mean for her until further along in her journey.
Determined to pursue a career in medicine, Dr. Saphier successfully navigated the challenges of being an undergraduate student, a mother, and working full time. When it came time to choose a medical school, her advisor suggested Ross. “After learning about Ross, I realized this is exactly where I wanted to apply,” she says.
Dr. Saphier notes that her time at Dominica was daunting at first. “It’s a large medical university. From the lectures to the labs, it was the most professional and overwhelming experience you can have; but it was a great education,” she says. The support Dr. Saphier received from faculty helped her acclimate to life as a medical student. “Right away I realized that everyone was there to help you. ” she says.
She pointed out that while medical school is a launching pad, it’s up to students to make the most of the opportunities provided. “You are responsible for the outcomes,” she says. “I did very well in medical school and on my exams, which lead to landing residency programs, fellowships, and jobs after my training. Ross University truly did prepare me for my future.”
It was during her third year of medical school that Dr. Saphier’s true calling as a physician become apparent. “My grandmother’s death from breast cancer inspired me to get involved with women’s health,” Dr. Saphier explains. “I wanted to change misconceptions for women of her age and generation.”
Upon receiving her MD and a five-year radiology residency in her hometown of Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Saphier secured a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Women’s Oncologic Imaging. She is now the director of breast imaging at a regional site of Memorial Sloan Kettering where, she says, she is “helping to break the barriers between patients and clinicians.”
She concludes, “For me, Ross University means opportunity. They gave me the opportunity to be the person I am today.”