Ryan Rasmus, a 2nd year MD student at Tufts University School of Medicine
Name: Ryan Rasmus
Home Town: Houston, Texas
Year: 2nd year
Prior Education & Degrees:
Spelman College – Atlanta, Georgia
What inspired you to pursue a career in medicine?
My passion for medicine was sparked at an early age after reading a children’s book about the roles of doctors and nurses. Upon declaring to my parents that I wanted to become a doctor, they did what they could to nurture this desire by exposing me to science and medicine in a variety of ways. Over the years, my resolve to pursue a career in medicine was strengthened by positive interactions with physicians and witnessing the healing power of medicine in the lives of loved ones.
What made you decide to come to Tufts?
The decision to come to Tufts was much easier to make than I thought it would be. The warm, welcoming atmosphere that greeted me on my interview day was nothing like any of the other medical schools I had visited. The students seemed genuinely happy and concerned for one another. Having finished my first year, I can confirm that to be true. In addition, I wanted to matriculate at an institution that puts great pride in preparing its’ students to be amazing clinicians, and in conversations with physicians and friends, I learned of Tufts’ great reputation.
What's been the best part of medical school so far?
The best part of medical school so far has been learning the information that I’ve wanted to learn for what seems like my whole life. There’s something pretty profound about getting where you’ve always wanted to be and realizing it’s right where you belong.
How did you make it through your first year?
As a strong believer in God, my faith was instrumental to me getting through my first year. My support system reaches all the way to Texas, and I relied on my boyfriend, family and friends to cheer me on through every exam. In addition, I have formed a close group of classmates turned friends who have been wonderfully supportive through the late nights and early mornings.
What is your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?
My favorite thing about being in Boston is the plethora of restaurants, entertainment and shopping options. While I may not have much free time, when I want to go eat an amazing meal or participate in a little retail therapy I don’t have to look far. In addition I was able to go skiing and visit an apple orchard this year!
What advice do you have for aspiring medical students?
My sole piece of advice is to remain true to yourself and your reasons for wanting to pursue a career in medicine. The road from aspiring medical student to doctor is filled with ups and downs, not to mention countless applications, but I’ve found that I have been able to remain optimistic and content by being true to who I am.