Spring 2015| Posse New York Quarterly


Brandeis STEM Scholar Studies Medicine in Denmark

Brandeis University STEM Scholar Rabab Ayoub.

Rabab Ayoub, an adventurous third-year Brandeis University STEM Posse Scholar majoring in biology, is studying abroad at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad (DIS) Medical Practice and Policy Program in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“I want to go to medical school to become a physician and am taking the opportunities to explore different fields and countries as much as I can,” says Rabab.

Through the DIS program, Rabab shadows medical practitioners at Copenhagen University Hospitals, performs physical examinations and procedures on medical modules of the body, and compares Western and Eastern Europe healthcare infrastructures with the current welfare state systems of those localities.

To prepare for her career in medicine, Rabab was an oncology intern at Beth Israel Hospital last summer. She has also completed an internship with The Christ Hospital, during which she shadowed clinical research coordinators and principal investigators as well as analyzed trial data within the program.

“I want to be a doctor that patients can confide in,” Rabab says. “I have learned that you must treat the patient as if they were your own family member.”

Rabab has distinguished herself with her diligent academic success and is a go-to resource for her Posse. She has helped to organize biweekly study groups with her peers and two of her Posse members are also in the DIS program.

Traveling the world with her fellow Posse peers, Rabab along with three of her Posse members and other Brandeis students, fundraised for a healthcare-based service trip to Honduras where her team set up mobile clinics to serve the members of the community by providing both medical attention and supplies.

“My Posse is wonderful; they are my lifeline,” says Rabab. 

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