MedOpp Student Stories

Jarron Tilghman

Name: Jarron Tilghman Undergraduate university and year of graduation: University of Missouri-Columbia, 2003 Major: Biology Medical school and year of graduation: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 2009   What led to your interest in medicine? During junior and senior high school, I had several teachers who felt that I should consider a…

Jacqueline Louderman

Name: Jacqueline Louderman Undergraduate university and year of graduation: University of Missouri-Columbia, 2018 Major: Health Sciences Medical school and expected year of graduation: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2024   What led to your interest in medicine? I've often said that my interest in medicine has three main influences. First, my…

Abigail Beckerdite

Name: Abigail Beckerdite Undergraduate university and year of graduation: University of Missouri-Columbia, 2020 Major: Biological Engineering Dental school and expected year of graduation: Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, 2024   What led to your interest in dentistry? I’ve always loved learning, science, health, and helping people. I knew from a young age I…

Thomas Cassimatis

Name: Thomas Cassimatis Undergraduate university and year of graduation: University of Missouri-Columbia, 2018 Major: Biological Sciences Medical school and expected year of graduation: The Ohio State College of Medicine, 2024   What led to your interest in medicine? I have been singularly interested in science since childhood, although my career ideas and goals from elementary…

Samantha Phillips

Name: Samantha Phillips Undergraduate university and year of graduation: University of Missouri-Columbia, 2020 Major: Biological Sciences and Psychology Medical school and expected year of graduation: California Health Sciences University, 2024   What led to your interest in medicine? My interest in medicine began around 10 years old. I certainly had a knack for science and…

Ali Farhadi

Name: Ali Farhadi Undergraduate university and year of graduation: University of Missouri-Columbia, 2019 Major: Biological Sciences Dental school and expected year of graduation: University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 2023   What Led to your interest in dentistry? When I was thinking about what I wanted to do as a career back in high school, I…