Merit Scholar Profile: Tory Prynn
Talavera de la Reina, Spain - Winter 2016
Arizona State University class of 2017
Dean's List, Presidential Scholarship, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Leader 2016
Omega Phi Alpha, American Medical Women's Association, Project Sunshine, Devils' Advocates (ASU Tour Guides), ASU Miracles
why did you choose the atlantis project?
I chose this program because it would allow me to explore my two greatest passions: travel and medicine. I am very interested in learning about different systems of healthcare and learning how culture impacts health, so I was excited about the opportunity to see how the healthcare system functioned in Spain and to put my years of Spanish classes to good use. I was also of course interested in the opportunity to shadow many different specialties. I had never shadowed a physician before, so it was all exciting and new for me!
HOW IS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT UNIQUE?
The Atlantis Project allows students to see healthcare systems in different countries and how they function differently than in the U.S. It also gives students the opportunity to see many different medical specialties.
DESCRIBE THE ATLANTIS PROJECT IN THREE WORDS:
Medicine. Culture. Amazing.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE AS AN ATLANTIS FELLOW?
I had the chance to shadow a pediatric neurologist, and was able to see many different cases and learn a lot about what it means to treat the child and take care of the family at the same time. I really bonded with the physician I shadowed, which made this a wonderful experience.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEANINGFUL ASPECT OF YOUR TIME SHADOWING?
The most meaningful aspect of my time shadowing in the hospital was getting to learn about the Spanish healthcare system and being able to learn from all of the doctors. As it was my first time shadowing, I didn't really know what to expect, but I was able to learn so many different and important aspects about the day-to-day lives of physicians.
HOW HAS THE ATLANTIS PROJECT HELPED EQUIP YOU FOR THE FUTURE?
It gave me needed experience in a healthcare setting and showed me that I was working toward the right goal for myself. It broadened my passion for medicine and for learning how culture impacts healthcare.
The Atlantis Project taught me how to be independent and how to ask questions without hesitation. I learned that sometimes I need to be assertive, but there are also times when I should just listen and learn about what is going on around me.
What are your future plans?
I plan to attend medical school next year. I am currently accepted at the University of Arizona-Phoenix Medical School and have interviewed at a few other schools.