kellyI was recently accepted to CU School of Medicine, class of 2019, and my experiences completing an honors thesis and studying psychology, neuroscience, and MCDB at CU Boulder were integral to my success. My classes taught me about the integrated nature of mental and physical health and the importance of gaining out a comprehensive perspective. Psychology revealed the humanistic side of medicine, and my neuroscience and biology classes completed the picture of what was going on through anatomy and biochemical processes. Wanting to gain research experience, I sought to discover more about how the humanistic aspects of medicine can affect medical treatment. Specifically, I was interested in ways in which the relationship between a patient and physician might be improved, and if that improvement might lead to better treatment outcomes. Dr. Sona Dimidjian was my Women’s Mental Health professor, and I reached out to her for guidance on my research. With her help, I completed my honors thesis, titled, “Training Primary Care Providers in Motivational Interviewing and Alliance During Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Trial.” This was an invaluable experience that taught me about evidence-based medicine and ways in which empirical articles might inform clinical practice. My undergraduate experiences will inform the research I choose to do in medical school and will be my basis for delivering great care as a future physician. My objective is to see every patient as unique and to put sincere thought into each patient encounter.