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Sabrina Brunozzi Bio’15, MD Found a Passion for Women’s Healthcare

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on August 29, 2019

Sabrina BrunozziWhen Sabrina Brunozzi Bio’15, MD began medical school at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, she was ready for the most challenging curriculum she had ever faced. However, she found that many of the topics she was learning were similar to those taught in her upper-level courses as a biology major at USciences, making for an easier transition to medical school.

“Neurology was the most challenging course for students that first year, but I felt like I did well because I had learned a lot of it at USciences in my neuropsychology class with Dr. Stephen Moelter,” Dr. Brunozzi said. “In my third and fourth year as a biology major I got to pick the upper level classes I wanted to take and they were extremely beneficial for the transition to graduate school.”

Dr. Brunozzi graduated in May from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine with her Doctorate of Medicine. She recently began her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. It wasn’t until she got to spend time rotating through the field of OB/GYN that solidified her choice.

“What really sealed it for me is just the patients themselves,” said Dr. Brunozzi. “I really connect with women and see in my patients what I have seen in many of the strong female role models I have in my life. There are so many challenges that my patients face that are unique to being a woman, and I enjoy being there for them through all stages of their lives.”

A budding leader in her field, Dr. Brunozzi has become an advocate for women’s health issues, becoming active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She was recently elected as the District III Secretary/Treasurer representing resident physicians from Delaware, the Dominican Republic, New Jersey and Pennsylvania at a national level.

“When I was choosing an undergraduate institution, I knew I wanted to be at a university that would give me personalized attention,” she said. “I did not want to feel like I was just another number in a sea of students. At some undergrad programs where there are hundreds of students, professors do not know who you are at the end of four years. I knew my teachers well. I worked in their labs doing research, I was a teaching assistant right beside them for freshman and sophomore students, and they were my advisors for club activities. You are not just a number at USciences.”

At USciences, she knew her professors from her first semester. She got involved in research during her second year and got to choose from a variety of different volunteer experiences so she could figure out early on what she was truly passionate about. Dr. Brunozzi worked in Dr. Bela Peethambran’s lab for three years studying a medicinal plant’s effects on breast cancer cells.

“Having Philadelphia as the backdrop for my college experience, I was able to volunteer with a very diverse patient population and have a lot of different exposure to healthcare providers,” said Dr. Brunozzi. She volunteered at Action Wellness (formerly ActionAIDS), did service at the Philadelphia VA, while also taking time to shadow physicians working in different specialties.

Dr. Brunozzi encourages students interested in medical school to get involved in various activities early on in their career to figure out what they are passionate about. “Don’t try to do everything. Find something that is truly meaningful and fulfilling to you and stick with it,” she said. “Find your niche and do not be afraid to reach out and ask for help with career advice if you need it.”

Dr. Brunozzi plans to continue being an advocate for women’s reproductive rights as she begins her career and is passionate about serving underserved and marginalized patient populations. She attributes her success in part due to the excellent undergraduate education she received at USciences.

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