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Keila Magafas, Medical Student

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What is your current title and role?

I am currently a 3rd Year Medical Student

Where did you grow up?

Southside of Chicago

Tell us about struggles and challenges in achieving your goal and how you overcame?

I am a first generation college student.

Please share with us about your family and your support group?

Strong family support

Christian faith

Please share a memorable experience from your training that has stayed with you till today.

My First Vaginal Delivery was a ,memorable  experience that stays with me till this day

Please share a memorable teaching moment.

I taught some of the physical exam with a premed college student who was shadowing my preceptor.

Please share a highlight from your practice/current role.

An OB patient requested an appointment on a day I would be in the clinic. I was able to connect with the family as I spoke their primary language, Spanish, and was present during the initial OB intake.

What do you like and dislike the most about working in healthcare?

Like: You work with real people! The trust and relationship that is developed between patient-providers.

Dislike: It is not as glorified as it seems. It’s hard work, but a humbling experience.

What are three things that you are grateful for?

CrossFit and health

Family, friends and community

Summer and sunshine

What excites you outside medicine?

•          Trying new foods

•          Travelling

•          Crossfit

•          Meeting new people

•          service projects and outreach

•          learning new skills

What advice do you have for students interested in healthcare?

Get involved early on

What do you think the student of today needs to be successful in matriculating and graduating from professional school (medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy)


How would you advise or guide students to develop leadership skills, community outreach experience, research opportunities and clinical shadowing?

Do not do things for the sake of adding it to your resume. Find things that interest you and get involved. Never be afraid to reach out and follow up with people. Be professional, but proactive.

How can we support and guide students to achieve good grades and be successful in standardized exams?

Offer financial assistance for practice exams. Practice questions are key to standardized tests.