Welcome Back!

Hello new and old SPAPP supporters!

We hope you have had a great start to the new year.  This year, SPAPP wants to regularly inform you about the lastest happenings in medicine and give you the support you need to continue on your path as a healthcare professional. Since the conference two years ago, the members of our board have grown and experienced many things that will aid you on your journey.  Not only that, I'm sure you have grown and been challenged a lot along your path - we want to hear about how you are doing as well! This week's blog will highlight the progress of our board members and what each of us wants for the future of SPAPP. In the weeks to come, we want to hear what YOU have to say and what YOU want to hear about! 

Email us at spappconference@gmail.com or comment below with topics or questions you would like to see covered in our blog entires. 

First up is the Co-Founder of the Society of Polish American Pre-Health Professionals, Joanna Tomaszewski:

Joanna Tomaszewski is in her second year of medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She loves the challenges and opportunities that medical school brings and can’t imagine being anywhere but Salt Lake City, where she has found a remarkable community. Over the past two years, Joanna has served as Co-President of her medical school class, Co-President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and Founder of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group. She also spent her free time conducting oncology research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and blogging on her photography website www.worldcapturesjt.com. For the next several months, Joanna will be learning about the brain, studying for Step 1, and skiing. She can’t wait to share her new tips and tricks with the SPAPP community.

Joanna's blog posts will highlight: 
1. Leadership in medicine
2. Time management and work-life-balance
3. The importance of research in medical school and how/ when to fit it in
4. "Branding" yourself in medical school
5. The importance of extra-curricular involvement in college and beyond
6. Medical School Interviews: One-on-one, Multiple Mini Interview, and more. 

 When Joanna needs to get away from the medical school grind, she spends time exploring Salt Lake City's local nature.

When Joanna needs to get away from the medical school grind, she spends time exploring Salt Lake City's local nature.

 The White Coat Ceremony is a monumental time in any medical student's career. Joanna is seen here celebrating her white coat, August 2015.

The White Coat Ceremony is a monumental time in any medical student's career. Joanna is seen here celebrating her white coat, August 2015.

Agatha Kielczewski