Warrior M.D.

Meet our Warrior M.D. Ambassadors, the friendly faces who welcome prospective students and community members to the Wayne State University School of Medicine. With their insider's knowledge about life as a Wayne State medical student, they're a great resource for all your questions — whether you want to know about classes or living in the city. They've been there, done that, and are happy to share their experience with you.

  • Anirudh Chitale

    Anirudh Chitale

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    After doing undergrad out of state, I was excited to return back to Michigan and have the opportunity to give back to a great and deserving city of Detroit that gave me so many wonderful experiences growing up. In addition to being an influential research university, WSUSOM offers the opportunity for hands-on involvement at numerous free clinics, early and plentiful clinical rotations, and connections to every major health system in Detroit, being the only MD program in the city. Detroit also has a vibrant and continuously growing cultural and entertainment scene to explore.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    I serve as co-Coordinator of CHIP Clinic, Vice President of Detroit vs. Addiction, Orange Learning Community Coordinator, and co-Coordinator of Warrior MD Ambassadors. Additionally, I am enrolled in the MPAC (Medicine and Political Action in the Community) and Research electives. I also do research with a family medicine physician at Henry Ford Health System.

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    I enjoy playing tennis, watching Detroit sports games, and making music. I also love to sleep in, play videogames, and explore restaurants/bars/breweries around Midtown and other neighborhoods of Detroit.

  • Charlotte Thill

    Charlotte Thill

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose Wayne because I love the school and student's dedication to serving Detroit. As someone who aspires to be a community-focused and service-oriented physician, Wayne proved to be the perfect fit for me. From its classes to its organizations to its partnership with the community, Wayne has opportunities at every corner to explore what service means to you.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    I am involved in a variety of WSUSOM organizations such as Cass Clinic, a student-run free clinic, where I help run Saturday clinics and organize our volunteer services. I am also involved in the American Medical Women's Association as our Advocacy Chair where I run events to raise awareness around various topics such as period poverty and the school to prison pipeline. I also co-host and produce a podcast with another medical student on women's health and medical history!

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    To support my health and wellness, I make an effort to take time each day for little things I love. Whether it's watching a new episode of a Marvel TV show, catching up on my favorite YouTubers, or reading a chapter of my book. I also always take Friday and Saturday afternoons off to give myself time to relax and see friends!

    What is your favorite part of the Warrior M.D. community?

    My favorite part of the Warrier M.D. community is how driven my peers are by service work. Everyone I know is involved in one of the many organizations here and is passionate about the communities they serve. Service reminds us all why we want to be physicians in the first place while giving us a chance to get away from studying and connect with our community.

  • Ellie Lewandowski

    Ellie Lewandowski

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I choose WSUSOM as my first and only choice for medical school. WSUSOM is committed to giving us the knowledge and basic skills required to practice medicine. Health is multifactorial. WSUSOM allows us to not only learn about the various aspects of health but also act on them through the numerous student-run clinics, organizations, and community partnerships. Detroit has given me so many opportunities and it is my honor to give back and serve the community.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    I am a Health & Wellness Class Representative, Med2Med leader, treasurer for the Medical Student Garden, and a M.D. Ambassador of course. Unrelated to school, I enjoy cooking Italian food, Katonah yoga, and catering to my very needy dog, Wheezy.

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    I reserve time for my health and wellness each day. I do not separate school life from home life. I feel and perform much better when I am able to have time for both. Right when I get out of bed, I stretch and exercise. I take yoga breaks throughout the day. I also make sure to spend time playing and walking with dog. I make my own meals and always end my day with homemade chocolate chip cookies.

    What is your favorite part of the Warrior M.D. community?

    WSUSOM has one of the largest student bodies. I am so blessed to be able to meet and work with such incredible individuals. Everyday I am inspired by my class and what they achieve. We genuinely care about one another and are always looking out for each other. I know I can always rely on my class for guidance, support, and a good laugh. Without my class, I definitely would not have made it throughout medical school so far.

  • Emilia Clementi

    Emilia Clementi

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose Wayne State University because of its diverse patient population, urban environment, and unique Global & Urban Health & Equity curriculum that will help me achieve my dream of becoming a global health physician that leads infection elimination efforts both internationally and domestically within underserved communities.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    I am the president of the World Health Student Organization and the Infectious Disease Interest Group. Additionally, I am a member of AMA, AMWA, and Warrior M.D. Ambassadors!

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    I enjoy being physically active, whether that is running, biking, hiking, surfing, snowboarding, or skateboarding. I was a varsity athlete in college on the sailing team and find that moving my body greatly improves my mental health.

    What is your favorite part of the Warrior M.D. community?

    My favorite part is the large number of like-minded students that I have had the privilege of being surrounded by. Despite being on Zoom for the majority of the time, I have been able to make some close friends because of our welcoming atmosphere. Students come from all over the country, and I have loved hearing their stories.

    What was the best part of your first year of medical school?

    The best part of my first year was working in the anatomy labs and learning the various structures with an actual human body. I feel very lucky that we were able to have this experience in person, and it really helped me solidify the names and locations of muscles, nerves, and other structures.

    What was the hardest part of beginning medical school?

    The hardest part of beginning medical school was moving to a new place during the pandemic and adapting to the new climate.

  • Gowri Chandrashekar

    Gowri Chandrashekar

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I choose Wayne State because of its commitment to serving the community. As a medical student, I really wanted to be able to take the skills and knowledge that I am learning in school and implement them in the community. I wanted to be able learn and work in an inner-city so I would gain exposure to different patient populations and determinants of health. Additionally, being from the suburbs of Detroit, WSUSOM has an amazing reputation in the area and I was very excited to be a part of it.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    I am involved with Physicians for Social Responsibility, that works with non-profits in Detroit, such as Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, to help address different social determinants of health including food insecurity and environmental issues. Additionally, I am a part of the Board of Student Organizations that helps plan events to help build community, such as our annual Pre-Clerkship Olympics, and helps organizations transitions for executive boards. I also do research through the Scholarly Concentrations program on food insecurity in Detroit.

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    In my free time, I enjoy gardening, baking, painting, and visiting the dog park across the street. Also, I really like to take advantage of all the events going on in Detroit, for example fowling (football bowling), art exhibits, concerts, and much more.

    What is your favorite part of the Warrior M.D. community?

    I love how collaborative our community is! Every upperclassman I have met has been so kind and consistently encouraged me to reach out if I have any questions or need any advice. Additionally, our class is so supportive and empathetic. Students constantly shares resources, supports each other through any difficulties, and advocates for each other.

  • Jessica Lee

    Jessica Lee

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I choose Wayne State for medical school for the opportunity to live and train in Detroit. The clinical experiences I will have here at WSUSOM will allow me to serve the Detroit community while preparing me to become an excellent physician.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    I've taken advantage of many opportunities available at WSUSOM. I am involved in two student clinics, the MALTA Medical Clinic on Woodward Ave and the Robert R. Frank Student-Run Free Clinic. I'm also a part of the Plant-Based Nutrition Group (PBNG), MD Ambassadors, and the Peer Mentor program. Outside of school-sponsored organizations, I also regularly volunteer at the Detroit municipal animal shelter (DACC).

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    A huge part of maintaining my health and wellness is cooking and exercise. I look forward to cooking healthy plant-based meals with a couple of my friends each night. I have also gotten in the routine of doing at-home HIIT workouts and walks around the neighborhood several times a week. Lastly, I enjoy spending time outside and I try to study outside as much as possible!

    What is your favorite part of the Warrior M.D. community?

    The Warrior M.D. Community has proven to be collaborative and supportive. My classmates are all eager to help each other out in school and beyond. I am grateful for the sense of community here at Wayne Med.

  • John Rexroth

    John Rexroth

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose Wayne State University School of Medicine because of the city of Detroit. I grew up not too far from Detroit, but never really experienced all that it had to offer before my visit. Detroit is a growing cultural hub that has endless restaurants, museums, and events to explore. It also has a diverse patient population that allows me to get the most thorough clinical education. I am able to start being hands-on early by volunteering at the many clinics in and around the city. Combine this with the early clinical rotations and numerous research opportunities that are available to students, I knew WSUSOM was the best school for me to grow into a well-rounded physician and will allow me to give back to the deserving city of Detroit.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    I am a coordinator for the Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group as well as for Medicine in Motion (a group that promotes philanthropy and combatting burnout in physicians in training by organizing wellness activities). I also do a lot of volunteering, with several different clinics. I do research with physicians in Henry Ford Hospital System. Finally, I volunteer with ARIE, a program that matches medical students with an individual in the community who is living with a mental or physical disability.

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    I work out and play sports with friends. I am a part of multiple group chats for different sports that all meet pretty frequently , giving me a chance to get outside and take a needed break from studying. I also go for walks during the day, and spend time calling my friends and family to stay connected with their lives as best as possible. I have also enjoyed exploring new restaurants and parts of the city.

    What was the best part of your first year of medical school?

    I really enjoyed being in the anatomy lab during first year. Doing the dissections on cadavers allowed me to be hands on, and reminded me of the the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient. While working with my "first patient", I was able to start my clinical experience early. I also gained a new level of respect that I will not lose sight of going forward in my medical career.

  • Kaitlin Ross

    Kaitlin Ross

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose Wayne State for Medical School because of the abundance of opportunities that Detroit provides. Whether you want to volunteer at a student run free clinic, conduct research or even start your own club, Wayne has ample avenues for you to pursue your goals. Additionally, Detroit provides an exciting living experience with parks, museums, sports arenas, shopping, and an abundance of locally owned restaurants to explore!

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    Some of my extracurriculars include: running the Flu Vaccination Program at Cass Clinic, helping lead Detroit vs Addiction, conducting workout sessions through Medicine in Motion, and doing research at Henry Ford Hospital. On top of being a current Warrior M.D. Ambassador, I will also be a Peer Mentor for the incoming Class of 2025!

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    I love painting, baking, doing yoga, and hanging out with friends to keep up with my mental and physical well-being. I also try out different restaurants, shops, or activities in Detroit whenever I have free time! (Check out Eastern Market on Saturdays, Garden Bowl, Bell Isle, a Tiger’s game, Fowling, and more)

  • Lauren Kasmikha

    Lauren Kasmikha

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose to attend WSUSOM because I knew I wanted to experience the unmatched clinical opportunities that are offered by the medical school and the Detroit area at-large. WSUSOM has such a rich history and integration with the city of Detroit, as well as active engagement with members of the community, and I was really excited by the opportunity to learn from the unique groups that comprise the city. I also really valued that the school and curriculum are so focused on community engagement and training physicians to be competent in working to reduce healthcare disparities.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    In addition to being an M.D. Ambassador, I am also a co-president of the Chaldean American Medical Student Association and a clinic coordinator for Auntie Na's Medical House! Further, I am involved in research through the department of Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    Health and wellness are both really important to me, and things I definitely try to prioritize in order to be successful in medical school. I try to incorporate some form of exercise into my day every day- whether it be yoga, pilates, or simply a walk outside. This definitely helps me to clear my head and take a break from all the studying. I also try to spend as much time as I can with friends and family.

  • Leticia Metseegoum Simo

    Leticia Metseegoum Simo

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose Wayne State University School of Medicine because of the school's emphasis of student education within a culture of inclusion and local investment in the community. I wanted to learn in an environment that accepts differences and promotes tolerance and respect for each other, and where I knew I would will receive all the support necessary to become an excellent patient-centered physician.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    1) BMA First Year Outreach Chair 2) AMWA Secretary 3) AMWA Undergraduate Mentoring Program - mentor 4) WSU Campus wide Pre-medical Mentoring Program - mentor 5) WSUSOM Warrior M.D. Ambassador 6) AMWA National Mentorship Program - mentor 7) Neurosurgery Interest Group - member

    What was the best part of your first year of medical school?

    The best part of my first year of medical school has been Gross Anatomy (GA). When school first started, anatomy class was a subject of apprehension for me, as I was wondering how I would react when came the time to start dissecting a cadaver. Three months into medical school, I was handed my first patient. The first encounter was not easy, as I had a multitude of emotions running through me at the same time. However, after volunteering to make the first cut, everything started to move along. Spending time in the GA lab gave me a hands-on understanding of human anatomy, and has shown me how cool and intricate the human body is.

    What was the hardest part of beginning medical school?

    The hardest part of beginning medical school was achieving balance. During my first month of medical school, I was hit with more than 50 lectures. On top of that, I had to learn and practice clinical skills with standardized patients, and I had several zoom meetings to attend. This workload was something new to me, and saying goodbye to the free time I was used to was a big issue. In addition, maintaining simple good habits like exercise and proper diet was tough, as I was convinced that every minute not spent studying could be a big hit on my ability to keep up with the material. Fortunately, I had mentors and coaches assigned through WSUSOM who helped me work through everything, and I went from barely passing a unit and not having a life to passing with grades higher than the cut off and taking on extracurricular activities. Now I have the time to sit on the board of two campus organizations, act as a mentor, cook what I want, exercise regularly, and enjoy Korean Dramas.

  • Luke Geierman

    Luke Geierman

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose Wayne State for many reasons! The most important thing to me about attending Wayne is the connection we have to the Detroit community and the underserved patient population that we care for. The people of this city are incredible, and it is an honor for me to be able to serve them and support the community through student organizations. Wayne's many opportunities for research involvement were also a big draw for me!

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    Besides being a Warrior M.D. Ambassador, I do neurology research and am a coordinator for the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group and the Medical Student Garden.

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    For health and wellness, I love biking and running through the city! On weekends, I love exploring some of the countless delicious restaurants Detroit has to offer.

  • Madison Mervis

    Madison Mervis

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose Wayne State University in order to have an immersive medical experience that involved engagement with the local community. Through the WSUSOM curriculum and student organizations, medical students have countless opportunities to volunteer in both clinical and social outreach settings. Attending Wayne means building relationships in the community and participating in real clinical encounters as early as first year!

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    At WSUSOM, I am a coordinator for the Warrior M.D. Ambassador program and Street Medicine Detroit. I also do orthopedic surgery research, assist in the anatomy labs as a prosector, and participate in our chapter of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA). Additionally, I love rock climbing! When I'm not busy studying, you can find me at the local climbing gym, Dyno Detroit!

    What was the best part of your first year of medical school?

    Anatomy lab was definitely my favorite part about the first year of medical school. At WSUSOM, we perform full body cadaver dissections and have the opportunity to learn about anatomical structures in a completely hands-on environment. Because the pandemic required most of our other classes to be virtual, anatomy lab was the one time where I could interact with my classmates and professors which made it that much more exciting.

  • Nyla Leonardi

    Nyla Leonardi

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I chose Wayne State University SOM because of the schools commitment to serving its community. Coming from San Francisco I was always passionate about being a part of my community and serving the diverse population of the city. I feel like this is something that Wayne does extremely well even during these crazy times!

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    I am on the executive board for a new organization called Girls Collective. In Girls Collective our goal is to mentor and partner with young women in the Detroit area and offer them different programs such as dance, college prep, and women's health classes! I am also a part of the American Medical Women's Association!

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    Supporting my health and wellness is extremely important to me. I love to ride my bike, take kickboxing classes, and do yoga almost every day. Staying active with the intense med student schedule is key!

    What is your favorite part of the Warrior M.D. community?

    My favorite part of the Warrior M.D. community is meeting and getting to know all of my peers. Our class is pretty big, but each person is so unique. Everyone is so hard working and I can already tell that we are going to make a great group of doctors!

    What was the best part of your first year of medical school?

    The best part of my first year of medical school was planning the first Girls Collective programming event. We met with a group of 7th and 8th grade girls from a Detroit Public School and told them what our club was all about! It was amazing getting to interact with the students and hear about what kind of activities and mentorship they would like to see from us!

    What was the hardest part of beginning medical school?

    The hardest part of beginning medical school is learning that studying is a lifestyle. There is ALWAYS going to be something to study, and it is definitely hard learning how to balance that with the rest of your life. My advice is to find the core things that make you happy and always find a way to incorporate those into your study schedule. Yes we're in medical school to become doctors, but that doesn't mean that we stop being people with hobbies and passions!

  • Riaz Nabi

    Riaz Nabi

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    I choose Wayne State for Medical School because of schools mission and dedication towards serving the population of Detroit. I grew up in the suburbs around Detroit and was excited to get the chance to make my own impact on such an influential city in our nations history and the people that live in it. With the numerous free clinics associated with WSUSOM, early clinical rotation experience, and countless opportunities to integrate into the community while furthering my medical education, Wayne State offered all I wanted from a medical school. In addition, Detroit offered a lively city with a deep cultural background to live in with a plethora of restaurants and entertainment venues to explore at every corner!

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    Aside from being a Warrior M.D. Ambassador, I also serve as the Director of Operations for the Robert R. Frank Student Run Free Clinic, a Learning Coach for M1s, and a Case Studies Case Developer. Additionally, I did the research elective through which I found research with an emergency medicine physician at DMC.

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    I enjoy playing soccer, going to the gym, and exploring the multitude of restaurants in Midtown and Downtown. I also really enjoy playing video games and sleeping in when I can. I try and schedule my weeks out so that I will have some time each day to do at least one thing I genuinely enjoy that isn't school related. Additionally, I make sure to keep at least one weekend day free for relaxing and hanging out with friends!

    What was the best part of your first year of medical school?

    The best part of my first year was meeting all my new classmates. I was ecstatic to be surrounded by people with such similar interests as me. We have a large class size and each person has their unique backstory and contributes their own experiences to the class. I enjoyed hearing how even with all those different experiences and backgrounds our passions all aligned similarly towards wanting to serve our community and become the best physicians we can! Even with the majority of our classes moving online, I still made a close group of friends who made my first year very enjoyable!

    What was the hardest part of beginning medical school?

    The hardest part of beginning medical school was balancing studying with other life activities. It is easy to get caught up in school as there is always something you can be studying or doing, but finding a balance between schoolwork, keeping up with my hobbies, and having fun with my peers was crucial during my transition to medical school. I found that I enjoyed learning more and even performed better in school when I took the time out to dedicate to my hobbies and catch up with friends. Medical school can be overwhelming at first but it is manageable and you can find time for hobbies and a social life!

  • Sam Michalak

    Sam Michalak

    Class of 2024

    Why did you choose Wayne State University for Medical School?

    Wayne State School of Medicine has one of the biggest medical school classes in the nation and because of this it has a large amount of student organizations. I decided to come to Wayne because it would be easy to get involved in these different student organizations.

    What are some of your extracurriculars?

    In addition to being a warrior M.D. ambassador, I am involved with American Medical Association, the second year learning coach program as well as the gross anatomy Prosector program.

    What do you do to support your health and wellness?

    Being a medical student is no easy task and taking care of yourself is of upmost importance. One of the biggest things I do for myself is getting a workout in at least 5-6 days a week. For me this normally means going for a run. Running has also been a great way for me to explore Detroit and get to know the surrounding area.

    What was the hardest part of beginning medical school?

    Learning how to study was most definitely the hardest part about starting medical school. My old study habits from undergrad were not at all optimized for medical school and I had to make some big changes. That being said, with time I was able to find strategies that worked well for me and allowed me to do well during my first year.