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Leen Ayyoub

Leen Ayyoub

Just this past spring, Leen received her Bachelor of Science in Biological (Biomedical) Sciences as well as a minor in Chemistry from ASU. She chose to attend ASU because of the endless enriching opportunities the school offers and because she appreciates being a part of one of the largest leading research institutions.

While at ASU, Leen pursued many opportunities to get out of her comfort zone and become a better student and person. Of the main experiences that shaped her interests well were teaching, mentoring, and research. ASU offers numerous and amazing teaching and research positions to help students get involved and thrive within and outside their majors of study. Leen's best advice to all pre-health students is to chase opportunities outside their comfort zones because they lead to the most personal growth, learning, and skills development.

Leen will be attending the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson in July of 2020 to start her career as a student physician. She aims to use her education to advance healthcare and to become a leader in healthcare education and development.


Allison Lewis

Allison Lewis, student spotlight

Allison Lewis is a Medical Microbiology major and minoring in Family and Human Development. She chose ASU for its amazing honors college, Barrett; Allison loved the idea of being part of a small environment within a large university. She has always been interested in medicine, but when she began college, she was uncertain what specific career path she wanted to pursue. During sophomore year, Allison shadowed a family friend who is a physician assistant (PA) that works in a trauma center. After that experience, she knew that she wanted to pursue being a PA.

While at ASU, Allison joined the pre-PA club and worked as a medical assistant at a dermatology office. The pre-PA club offers a lot of insight on the profession, because physician assistants come to the meetings and speak about their experiences. Working as a medical assistant provided Allison with patient care experience, as well as charting experience and learning how a medical office runs. Working alongside physician assistants on a daily basis solidified her decision on going to PA school.

Allison’s biggest piece of advice for other students is to seek out the amazing opportunities that ASU provides. She found her job as a medical assistant in the Barrett Honors Digest and found several volunteering opportunities through ASU. There are so many opportunities out there, sometimes it just takes a little bit of effort to find them.

She will be attending Midwestern University’s PA program in Glendale, Arizona beginning the end of May 2020.

Greg Sprout

Greg Sprout received his Master of Science degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery.

This past year, Greg received his Master of Science degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery through ASU’s College of Health Solutions. As a medical school reapplicant, he sought a program that would add depth to his application and complement his future career goals in medicine. Pursuing the innovative graduate program at ASU provided the perfect opportunity to do just that. Aside from learning inside the classroom a wealth of knowledge surrounding the functioning of our healthcare system, he was given the opportunity to work directly with a clinical partner at a major Phoenix hospital to implement that knowledge into clinical practice. By designing a surgical care checklist, his work led to a drastic decrease in the incidence of surgical site infections; immediately making a difference in the lives of real patients. The program, professors, and clinical mentors not only prepared him for an adaptive career in the ever-changing field of medicine but developed him into a leader capable of empowering others and inspiring change.

At the same time, working diligently with the outstanding Pre-Health Advisors at ASU assured him that he was on-track with the upcoming application cycle. The result: an acceptance to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix for the upcoming year

His advice to current pre-health students? “It’s cliché, but never give up on your hopes and dreams. Always seek opportunities for personal growth and challenge yourself to make a difference in the lives of others. With perseverance and dedication, things always have a way of working out in the end!”

Stephen López

Stephen Lopez

Stephen graduated in 2017 with his degree in Health Sciences (Pre-Professional) with a minor in Spanish and a minor in Nutrition and Healthy Living.

While at ASU, Stephen was not only an officer within the AMSA Pre-Health Club, but he regularly volunteered at Banner University Medical Center’s ED and provided scribing and translational services at St. Vincent de Paul’s free health clinic. Stephen also spent 4 years as science instructional aide teaching both general and organic chemistry labs. Despite all the great experiences afforded to him, he attributes most of his success to the very supporting professors and pre-health advisors that always took the time to assist him in whatever he needed.

His advice to pre-health students? “I would tell incoming students to remain steadfast in pursuit of their goals and never stop improving upon yourself and your experiences. This is truly a difficult journey, but it’s all worth it in the end. Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you, but also don’t forget take care of yourself first.”

He is extremely excited to begin medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson as part of the class of 2023. He also accepted an Air Force Health Professions Scholarship and commissioned as a 2nd LT in May 2019. He is eager to give back to his home town community and to his country.

Christy Thomas

Christy Thomas

Last year, Christy Thomas received her bachelor’s degree in medical studies and this year is preparing to graduate with a Master of Science in the science of health care delivery. Christy was drawn to a career in medicine through serving children and the underserved.

Throughout her time at ASU, Christy was heavily involved in Student Health Outreach for Wellness (SHOW) as a volunteer and later student director, presenting SHOW’s progress at various conferences around the country. Christy was also a camp counselor for Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp, a clinical volunteer at Ryan House, and a research volunteer for Athletes for Life. Christy also found time to serve as a Sunday school teacher and a vacation Bible school coordinator at her church. Her involvement in student clubs and community service demonstrated her commitment to vulnerable populations.

Christy’s advice to current pre-health students is to get involved in smaller organizations so you can create opportunities for yourself and find what you love. Once you find what you love, chase after it, because your joy in it will clearly be reflected in your application and interviews! Christy is excited to attend Liberty University’s College of Medicine starting in the fall of 2019.