Helene Altmann, Class of 2024
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Pharmacology/Toxicology major & German minor
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND PITT MEDICINE:
I choose to attend Pitt med, because my gut told me this was the right place for me. I got along with the people here extremely well. I felt like I was already a student here. Pitt also has numerous research resources.
DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE AS A MEDICAL STUDENT AT PITT MED:
During medicine, I learned a lot by going to class every day. I enjoyed going to class, because the teachers were nice and knowledgeable, and I liked being around my classmates. I was also able to grow in more than my learning through taking exercise and art classes outside of school. I was really able to explore Pittsburgh and had a lot of fun doing so.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE PITT MEDICINE COMMUNITY:
The Pitt medicine community is extremely supportive and friendly. I've made friends in medical students in all years of the program. The older students are always more than willing to listen to my concerns and advise me. I've also been able to make friends with physicians and scientists at Pitt med. I feel like everybody is here to help me succeed.
WHAT STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN:
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WITH YOUR SPARE TIME:
I love to walk and explore Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities. I love to cook using local Pittsburgh foods from the local farmer's markets. I also enjoy exercising; yoga, Pilates, biking. Finally, I enjoy sewing and making projects for my friends!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO PITT MEDICINE:
Take time to get to know the students you meet while you are here to see if you'll fit in. You will spend a lot of time with them!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING IN THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH:
The food and coffee shops are great; I love the strip district in particular, especially Smallman Galley.
WHAT DID YOU (OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO) DO DURING THE SUMMER AFTER YOUR FIRST YEAR OF MEDICAL SCHOOL:
I'm a MSTP student, so I did research.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COURSE AT PITT MEDICINE:
ANY FINAL ADVICE FOR ACCEPTED STUDENTS:
If you have a gut instinct telling you where to go, go to that school!