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Sarah Zarrin

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘15

Education: 

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ‘19—expected
University of Pennsylvania, Pre-Health Programs, 2015
Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts, Latin and Greek, 2013

When Silicon Valley resident Sarah Zarrin headed to the east coast for college, she knew she wanted to major in the humanities because she thought she might want to become a professor. By her junior year at Princeton, Sarah became interested in pursuing medicine because she saw it as a way to continue her humanistic work while helping people at the same time. She began to look for a post-baccalaureate course on the east and west coast.

“When I looked into programs, I was first attracted to Penn because I wanted to explore healthcare in an urban area. There’s no better placed to be introduced to top-quality healthcare and medical education than in Philadelphia because of all the hospitals in the area. I was also interested in Penn because of the linkage opportunities.

At first, I was a little intimidated at the prospect of taking science courses as part of the Core Studies program. It had been awhile since I had taken a science class! But I quickly saw that Penn students work together in a collaborative—not in a competitive—way. And after my first year, I began to tutor in general chemistry and enjoyed working with fellow students. I now realize how much I enjoy science.

For my clinical experience, I became certified as an Emergency Medicine Technician (EMT) and worked on an ambulance in Cheltenham, a suburb outside of Philadelphia. I’ve found that emergency medicine is a great way to get to know an area and provide community care. I’ve strengthened my interest in community medicine by volunteering at the Sayre Health Center, a primary care health facility in West Philadelphia. I also worked as research assistant in the Department of Radiology.

In addition to the academics and clinical opportunities, Penn’s advising is another important component of the program. My advisors provided with me with guidance on everything from the MCATs to coursework to my application to medical school. I also took advantage of the Journal Club run by the faculty.

At first, the idea of starting a new career after college and taking difficult science classes was intimidating to me. But I now know it was worth it. I have been accepted—through linkage—to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai School in New York City and will start in August.”

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