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Kerry Swanson

What are your future plans?

I will be moving to St. Louis to complete general surgery residency at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital with the intention of pursuing a fellowship in pediatric surgery.

Share an experience you had at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine that helped you determine your career goals.

I quickly realized that the pediatric population was my favorite when I started clinical rotation on family medicine then later realized with the help of many OU attendings that combining my desire to work with this population and love for the operating room that pediatric surgery was my path.

What were some of your favorite moments as a Tulsa Sooner?

The quarterly happy hours and my first time in the OR!

Tell us about some of your favorite classes at the School of Community Medicine.

In each medical school class, one of the components was embryology. I loved learning about how this process and how deviations in normal embryology leads to rare pathologys!

What would you tell someone thinking about going to the School of Community Medicine?

By attending the School of Community Medicine, you will get a meaningful clinical experience with the Bedlam clinic as you are responsible for your own panel of patients. Also, because of a lower student population, you will receive a great deal of one-on-one time with faculty who are truly invested in your learning.

Tell us about anything else that made your time at the School of Community Medicine meaningful.

The faculty are incredibly supportive of students and our goals. If there is something you want, the staff and faculty will pull out all the stops to make sure you reach your goals.