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Kyla Colburn HS'18 Takes First Step in Path to Medical School

By Katherine Tancredi

Published on May 24, 2018

Kyla ColburnKyla Colburn HS’18, who is working fulfill her goal of being a cardiologist, found guidance and support in USciences faculty members while pursuing her bachelors in health science to help her toward her career aspirations.

Visiting assistant professor of biological sciences Wasim Anwar, MBBS (MD), helped her to improve her study methods to meet the demands of the coursework and realize her desire to attend medical school.

“Dr. Anwar saw the potential in me even when I couldn’t see it myself,” said Colburn. “When I was struggling with understanding a concept, he would take time out of his day to make sure I fully understood the concept. He also made me realize my desire to go to medical school and has further persuaded me to go for it.”

Director of exercise physiology program and assistant professor Monica Taylor, PhD, also played a critical role in shaping Colburn’s academics, introducing Colburn to exercise physiology, which has become a subject she is passionate about.

“I never fully understood what exercise physiology was until I took her course where I instantly understood the concepts and material,” said Colburn. “She has helped me understand my deep and unconditional love for cardiology and how I would eventually like to become a cardiologist.”

After graduating from USciences this spring, Colburn start working on her masters in clinical exercise physiology at East Stroudsburg University. She hopes to eventually attend medical school and work as a cardiologist or a pediatric exercise physiologist. 

“Your life does not need to be figured out right now,” advised Colburn. “Nothing is ever set in stone.”

Colburn said she fell in love with USciences’ urban campus and close proximity to Center City Philadelphia. Originally from a small town in California, the opportunity to attend to school that was in the middle of Philadelphia was appealing. However, the chance to play for the school’s softball team sealed the deal.

“I am from an area in California where there isn’t much stimulation or excitement and the idea of being able to move to a city excited me,” explained Colburn. “I am also a student athlete and play on the softball team. I loved the idea of coming into the school with new family and friends.”

While her transition to the rigorous academics of the USciences curriculum was challenging, she made deep connections with friends and faculty right away.

“I loved meeting new people and becoming so close to fellow students as well as faculty members,” said Colburn. “Being so far away from home I was nervous that I wouldn’t transition well socially, but was able to make life-long friends here.”

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