Jack Gatti (CMB, 2018)

Currently, Jack is a third-year medical student at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and is taking a dedicated research year to conduct clinical research related to stroke and cognition. Before his time at Johns Hopkins, he studied here at U-M in the CMB major within the Program in Biology.

Jack wasn’t always sure he’d go to medical school or a biology degree. In addition to traditional STEM courses, he also took many social sciences courses in order to get a better understanding of his academic interests. For some time he debated between Biochemistry and CMB, ultimately deciding on CMB because he was more interested in the big picture. “Not just about the individual molecules, but how they all fit together”. He also noticed that the MCDB classes were his favorite courses and they had complemented his neurology research at the VA, making him a better student and scientist.

Jack credits his interest in medicine to his time volunteering for the Children Hospital in Detroit. After spending time interacting with children and medical staff, he realized that he loved being in the healthcare environment and working with kids, stating, “kids are so happy and resilient." Other extracurriculars that he participated in included playing trombone in the marching band, volunteering with Motley Crew, peer advising with PiB, and being a tour guide.

After UM, Jack went directly to medical school to pursue an MD. During his time in medical school, he has become increasingly interested in specializing in pediatric neurology. “Neurological conditions are an intimate part of people’s lives,” he notes, “[Pediatric Neurologists] have a great relationship with their patients."

Jack has the following advice for current undergraduates:

Having a community is really important! Learn about yourself and learn your limits so that you can lean on other people. It is not a sign of weakness. Don’t put too much emphasis on one person’s advice. Don’t emulate one person’s path. You are unique and your path won’t look exactly like anyone else’s. Believe in yourself. The stakes of individual decisions are lower than what you think they are at the time. If something doesn’t go the way you want, there is still a path forward, which is oftentimes better.

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