Summer 2017| Posse Boston Quarterly


Hamilton Alumnae Head to Med School

This fall, two Hamilton alumnae are beginning medical school. Mahima Karki is attending the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Stanthia Ryan has matriculated at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Mahima, a neuroscience major as an undergraduate, enjoyed internships related to medicine during all three summers of her Hamilton career. In her junior year, Mahima returned to her home country of Nepal, where she worked on a reproductive health project and traveled into communities to facilitate empowerment through youth education and healthcare reform.

“Posse made me aware of community and giving back, so I went to Nepal to give back to my home community,” Mahima says. “I realized that what I loved about being in medicine is the community.”

After graduating in 2014, Mahima worked as a clinical research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she examined the cost burden of appendicitis among the pediatric population. Currently, Mahima is a patient benefits coordinator at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

While at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Mahima will focus her studies on leadership in medicine for the underserved.

Mahima’s fellow Hamilton Posse alumna Stanthia Ryan graduated in 2013 with a degree in biology. She discovered her passion for medicine in high school when she began an internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For her first three years at Hamilton, Stanthia worked in the Thoracic Surgery ICU at Brigham and Women's, where she led a study that investigated the presence of delirium in patients and the nurses’ ability to detect it early.

Stanthia returned to the Thoracic ICU after graduation, as a clinical research associate where she investigated different strains of the flu. She later worked as a senior technical research assistant in the field of women's sexual and reproductive health.

"It was through the incredible mentorship from the professionals at Brigham and Women's Hospital that I gained an immense appreciation for both clinical and academic medicine,” says Stanthia, an outlook she will now apply to her studies at Georgetown.

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