Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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Dayle Hodge

Dayle Hodge is a MD PhD candidate rotating in the laboratory of Dr. Wenjun Guo. 

Why I Chose Einstein 

When I was researching medical schools, I saw that Einstein recently received a major grant to establish a cutting edge department of Stem Cell Biology/Regenerative Medicine, a field in which I had great interest. Also after speaking to some of my colleagues in residency programs, I became aware Einstein’s reputation for training excellent clinicians. And finally after seeing how genuinely happy the students were during my interview, hearing about the support they received from the school administration, and Einstein’s leading role in community outreach projects, I was sure that I wanted to enroll in the MD/PhD program.

The Best Thing About Being a Student at Einstein 

The environment was a huge selling point for me coming to Einstein. Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful, and there’s an atmosphere of camaraderie and collaboration. It’s great to be in an environment where people work hard, but also make an effort to help you. The students and professors are very intelligent and motivated, but they also take time to have lives outside of medicine and research and enjoy themselves. There’s a great work-personal life balance.

Favorite Story About My First Year 

I thought that starting medical school would drastically reduce my ability to enjoy myself. My first year at Einstein proved me wrong. It was great to meet such a wide array of interesting and diverse people that were not only committed to becoming great physicians and scientists, but also made a concerted effort to relax and have fun, as well as give back to the community. In my first year, I helped establish a branch of a charity organization to help fundraise for men’s cancers research. In my first two years of being at Einstein, the organization raised over $15,000 and much needed awareness about prostate and testicular cancers. I made a lot of friends in the process and everybody who helped out had a great time.

What I Like About Living in the Bronx 

The Bronx is a great area to live. The neighborhood around the campus is safe, has many parks, the Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo. There’s a lot of great food nearby: ranging from Italian and Hispanic, to Caribbean and African cuisine. You can have the experience of living in a city, without the crowds and expense of being in Manhattan. And when you do want to go to Manhattan, the express bus picks up right in front of the campus apartments and drops you off in Midtown in 45 minutes. The campus apartments are spacious, clean, very affordable, and they are connected to an indoor parking garage. Overall, it’s a great place to live.

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