Charlene Lo

Expected Graduation year: 2016
Hometown: Johns Creek, Georgia


Rice University, Bachelor of Science - Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Why did you decide to pursue your M.D.?

My brother has Down syndrome and autism, so ever since I was little, I was exposed to the various specialties of medicine whenever my mother took my brother to all his doctor appointments. Seeing how integral of a role these physicians played in my family's day-to-day living sparked an interest in me for the medical field. Not only was it their expertise that impressed upon me the superb academic nature of medicine, but also their continual emotional support that further drew me into the complex dynamic between science and humanity.

What is the best part of medical school (so far)?

Each year of medical school becomes progressively better. As a third year, I'm absolutely loving the meaningful connections and relationships I'm making with my patients and colleagues. Nothing is more rewarding and intellectually stimulating than seeing what you read in boring, monotonous black text come to life in the patients you see each day. You experience what it means to impact people's lives in an intimate manner during 3rd and 4th year rotations.