Category Archives: Voices of Healthcare’s Future: Reflections from the Wilson-Stronks Interns

The Mock Medical School Interview

Posted by Kayana Marks

I could feel the nervous energy circulating around the room as each of us waited. Waited for the opportunity to get it right, to learn, to correct our mistakes before we could even make them. We were all silently, nervously waiting for our mock medical school interview to begin. This was the time for each of us to learn how to dazzle our future medical school interviewers and secure that spot that was almost in our grip.

As the intern at Wilson-Stronks, I was invited to attend the American Medical Association, Commission to End Health Care Disparities (CEHCD) meeting along with Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, CPHQ, who served as the keynote speaker at this event. I had the greatest opportunity, as an aspiring medical student, to round out the weekend by participating in the Mock Medical School Interview Program that the CEHCD conducts at their meetings. This program gives students “the opportunity…to experience what it takes to successfully prepare for a medical school interview…[by] meet[ing] with physicians and health care professionals”. I am so thankful that I was able to participate in this event because walking into an interview not knowing what to expect can always be a scary thing.

I was interviewed by Dr. Arthur Fleming and I believe my interview went well overall. Dr. Fleming was very personable and had a lot of insight on what to expect as I apply to medical school. He also had a lot of knowledge on the subject I was most interested about, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the test that every student applying to medical school in the U.S. needs to take. With my second testing date around the corner he confirmed the score that I should be working towards and reassured me that it will come with hard work and perseverance.

At the close of the event the healthcare professionals that volunteered their time reminded us of a few key points: always ask questions, be sure to convey deep compassion, know about current events, know how to sell yourself, be ready to explain what is going to sustain you through your journey, and be able to explain what got you to where you are. With all these key points in mind I believe I’m ready to master those interviews.

Citation: “Meetings.” ama-assn.org. American Medical Association, Web. 11 Oct. 2014 <http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/public-health/eliminating-health-disparities/commission-end-health-care-disparities/meetings.page?>

Improving Healthcare into the Future: The Wilson-Stronks Internship Program

Posted by Amy Wilson-Stronks

2014 was exciting for Wilson-Stronks as we launched what is proving to be a very successful internship program.  We have been so fortunate to have the interest of very talented, bright, and dedicated individuals to serve as research assistants through our internship program.  Alas, the success is bittersweet as our first intern heads back to school this fall, we welcome our newest intern who will be gearing up during her time at Wilson-Stronks to become the Doctor of the Future.  Read on below…

Katie Singer has worked with Wilson-Stronks since June 2014.  She became interested in the position because it provided a solid comprehensive experience that incorporated learning about health care, advocacy, consulting, and research.  Also, considering that health care is a “hot topic,” Katie knew that working with Wilson-Stronks would be a great opportunity to learn more about the healthcare system and its inner workings.  Additionally, she knew this would satisfy her interest in different cultures, different styles of life, and improving equality.

While working at Wilson-Stronks, Katie has had many note-worthy experiences: attending chamber events, developing a social media platform, and researching language access and faith-based healthcare information.  She most enjoys being able to see the multi-faceted process of this business.  Every part of this business, from the advocacy to the research, has provided her with an impressionable experience that she will be able to use for her future endeavors.

Katie appreciates working with and learning from Amy and Deborah because they provide a great perspective from their experiences with health care and advocacy.  Working at Wilson-Stronks has improved her outlook on healthcare quality, cultural competence and equity.

This fall Katie is returning to Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin as a part of the class of 2017.  We are going to miss her, and we hope she comes back during her breaks to help us improve healthcare!

Wilson-Stronks is excited to welcome the newest member of our team, Kayana Marks!

At the age of two, Kayana decided she wanted to be a doctor. Although she does not yet know what field of medicine she would like to work, she is passionate about caring for others.

Kayana is excited to be a part of the Wilson-Stronks team and learn more about the relationships that exist between patient care and the business side of healthcare. In her past experiences in the healthcare field, Kayana learned that many employees in doctor’s offices do not witness the healthcare side of their business, creating a lack of understanding between the employees and patients. After observing this disparity, she became interested in strengthening the connection between patients and healthcare providers. Similarly, she is interested in using advocacy and consulting as tools to bring awareness of healthcare issues to communities and companies, ultimately decreasing existing inconsistencies in information and knowledge.

Kayana intends to utilize her experience at Wilson-Stronks to better understand the entirety of healthcare in order to better serve her future patients.

Kayana Marks is a 2014 Graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2015.

Please join us in welcoming Kayana! She can be reached at kayana@wilson-stronks.com.