Rachel matriculated at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai MD/PhD program in 2017, upon completion of her undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received a BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a BS in Nutrition.
Rachel’s profound commitment to the Mount Sinai Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) began as soon as she arrived, assuming roles on the Retreat Committee and in admissions and recruitment as a first year. For the past three years, Rachel has served as the chair of the Retreat Committee, leading the team to execute both the first virtual and the first hybrid retreats. This year, Rachel also served as a student representative on the Admissions Committee, building on her two years prior as a student interviewer. Many students in the program consider Rachel to be a personal mentor, and she was instrumental to applicant recruitment and retention as the first Recruitment Initiatives Chair.
In addition to her service to the MSTP, Rachel has been a three-time Teaching Assistant to the medical school Immunology course, volunteered at the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP), the student-run free clinic, in numerous capacities, and is the Mount Sinai Institutional Representative to the American Physician Scientists Association. Her PhD work is supported by an F30 award and has resulted in the publication of two peer reviewed papers and four published abstracts thus far. Rachel anticipates the completion of her PhD and return to MD training in the coming year.
Rachel would like to thank Talia Swartz, Margaret Baron, and Bianca Taylor-Starobin for their support in the MSTP for the past five years, her mentor Judy Cho for allowing her the flexibility to engage in service to the program, her peers in the MSTP for their cherished friendship, and her parents for building the life that made all of this possible.