What was your journey to medical school?
I was born and raised in Connecticut and went to pharmacy school in Massachusetts. Around my 4th year of pharmacy school, I told my adviser I think I want to be a physician, but she encouraged me to finish – and I’m glad I did. I moved out to California and practiced pharmacy for about eight years – 3 years in retail pharmacy and then one of my patients recruited me to work for the prison system. Being a female in an all male prison, I was initially very put off by it, but I gave it a try, and I worked there for almost five years. When I turned 30, I realized if I want to go back to medical school I better get the ball rolling now so I have time for a life and career.
I fell in love with Campbell after my interview. I could tell all of the faculty really cared and had a really positive experience. I remember leaving my interview and calling one of my best friends and saying “I don’t want to jinx it, but I love that school a lot so hopefully everything works out.” And, I was lucky enough to come to Campbell.
What have you learned the most about your volunteer experience at CUCCC?
In addition to your role with the Clinic, what are you doing this summer?
I’m working for a medical technology company; they have one doctor who is looking into how the pain scale can be standarize and make it more objective with software
I love running, and I’ve run seven full marathons – including the Boston Marathon in 2012. I also enjoy canine behavior modification, and I used to volunteer at an animal shelter called Contra Costa Animal Services. At the shelter, I was part of a group called “Running Dogs”, and I would train the shelter dogs to run long distances. I was able to run a marathon relay with one of my favorite dogs, Kona Coffee, who was adopted right after the marathon! Running Dogs was a great way for me to combine my love for running with my love for dogs.
*Header photo: Student Doctor Pol with her cousin, Dr. Scott Dingeman