Rumbidzai Ngonyama

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B.S. Human Physiology/Pre-Med 2018

I graduated from the University of Iowa Department of Health and Human Physiology (HHP) with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology/Pre-Med in 2018 and currently just finished my first year of medical school at the University of Minnesota. During my B.S., I did clinical research with the Translational Vascular Physiology Laboratory lead by Dr. Gary Pierce and with the Department of Dermatology in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). With Dr. Pierce, I studied preeclampsia, learned the current available markers, and contributed towards the analysis of relationships between cardiovascular physiology and an increased risk in preeclampsia development. Within Dermatology, I gained an understanding of how the internal physiological pathologies present externally and the role education and Mohs surgery plays in patient care and treatment.

As a Human Physiology/Pre-Med student in the Department of HHP, I was greatly supported and challenged by professors, doctors, graduate students, and peers into pursuing my ambitions towards a career as a research physician. My time within the Translational Vascular Physiology Lab greatly impacted my confidence with human subject interactions, data collection and analysis, abstract and paper formation, and conference presentation. Completing an Honors Thesis in my major, achieving the APS STRIDE Fellowship with Dr. Pierce, and presenting our work at the 2018 EB Conference in San Diego, CA cemented my passion for medical research.

Within the University of Iowa Department of HHP and the UIHC, I found mentors, colleagues, and bonds that have extended past my graduation and into my medical program. As I complete my first year of medical school and future years to come, I carry with me the confidence, knowledge, and passion towards women’s health and dermatology instilled through my years with the University of Iowa Department of HHP and UIHC.