2nd Lt. Elena Segre, MSC, USAF
After graduating from the department in 2015, I matriculated to the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. While in medical school, I am an active duty officer in the United States Air Force; I will continue to serve as a physician upon graduation. In addition to completing the standard required MD curriculum, I have also completed several hundred additional hours of training in leadership and military medicine as well as operational courses in aerospace and wilderness medicine. Upon graduation in May 2019, I will start residency training in internal medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD) and, on completion, plan to apply for a fellowship in cardiology.
My Iowa education has been one of the most important factors in my success in medical school. Not only did it give me a head start in central subjects such as physiology and pharmacology, but my experience in pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise prescription obtained during my time at Iowa has been formative for my current research. I am currently working on defining the exercise exposure associated with active duty military service; my work may eventually inform the development of Department of Defense policies regarding the retention of service members with certain cardiac diseases which require limiting physical activity to prevent negative clinical outcomes (e.g., arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy). I plan on continuing to use the skills and knowledge I acquired in the HHP program to provide evidence-based medicine and conduct clinical research tailored to the unique needs of the warfighter-athlete.