Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Student Profiles of the Week

Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Student Profiles of the Week

Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Name: Sarah SliefSlief, Sarah

Class graduation year: 2016

Age: 29

Hometown: Plano, TX

What made you decide that medicine is the career for you?
I did a clinical rotations class in high school, and that class confirmed that I wanted a career in the medical field. I initially wanted to be a physician assistant. I joined the army directly out of high school and went straight to basic training, then trained as a health care specialist (medic). I served in the Texas Army National Guard throughout all of college. I deployed to a few hurricanes and then deployed to Iraq. When I returned from my deployment, I was finishing up my associate degree and was ready to apply to the Army’s PA program. When I talked to a recruiter he recommended I try to go to a civilian PA school (less competitive), and then apply for the scholarship program. I knew I had to get my bachelor’s degree to do that, so I started the next spring at the University of North Texas. I was taking organic chemistry, statistics and a couple of other courses. I knew nothing about organic chemistry, but I liked chemistry in the past. I did really well in organic chemistry and decided that I was smart enough to go to medical school, so I changed my path and was accepted to medical school in 2012. In medical school I knew that I wanted to be able to see children, and I realized that the best specialty to do that was pediatrics. The further I have gotten in medical school, the more that choice has been solidified. I am excited about my future as a pediatrician. I will also get my M.P.H. along with my M.D. in the spring.

Where do you see yourself five years after completing your residency program?
I see myself working as a general pediatrician, and possibly working on public health policy to improve the health of the population. I am also interested in focusing on the childhood obesity epidemic.

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
Drive over the mountains and take in the view, and eat the good food!

What do you do in your downtime?
Play with my dogs, exercise, watch movies and spend time with my friends and family.

Three words that best describe you:
Intimidating, intelligent and strong-willed.

Something about you that not many people know:
I am the youngest of five girls, and the first doctor in the family. I also have six nephews and two nieces, whom I love very much.

 

Name:  Christa Soekamto Soekamto, Christa

Age:  25

Class graduation year: 2016

Hometown: Grapevine, TX

What made you decide that medicine is the career for you?
Growing up as a gymnast I had numerous injuries that sent me to the doctor over and over again. I had the coolest sports medicine doctor and I was inspired to do medicine because of him.

Where do you see yourself five years after completing your residency program?
Doing a fellowship in ophthalmology and looking for a cool place to practice.

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
Be outside – whether it’s sitting in the pool, studying or running. The sunny weather here can’t be beat.

What do you do in your downtime?
Eat out with friends and exercise. They balance each other out.

Three words that best describe you:
Energetic, friendly and dedicated.

Something about you that not many people know:
I’m obsessed with puppies. I like to play with them, look up pictures of them, talk about them . . . anything!