Christianna Belt

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Hometown:

East St. Louis, Illinois

Undergraduate Degree:

Spelman College, B.S. in Biology

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Christianna Belt is a Class of 2022 student from the Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.) Program on the Downers Grove Campus.

What inspired you to pursue a healthcare career?

I have always loved animals, and as a kid I had hoped to be a veterinarian someday. It wasn't until my father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease that I believed I could be a physician and help people. That was my first introduction to a hands-on, medical-related experience. After my father’s kidney transplant, I was able to record my father's vitals and tend to his surgical wounds. Seeing my father heal with my help is what inspired me to pursue a healthcare career.

How did your background and history factor into your career choice?

I am the first in my family to pursue a healthcare degree. Growing up in an impoverished area, in conjunction with a family history of illness, has helped outline my career choice.

Why did you decide to attend Midwestern University?

I decided to attend Midwestern University to enhance my medical school application by adding research experience to my resume. The University is also a short, four-hour drive away from home.

What about a Midwestern University education do you want to carry forward in your career?

Midwestern University has taught me the importance of clinical based research and I hope to someday apply this insight to finding the best suited treatment therapies for my patients.

Midwestern University has taught me the importance of clinical based research and I hope to someday apply this insight to finding the best suited treatment therapies for my patients. ”

Christianna Belt
Biomedical Sciences Student, Class of 2022