kimberly oka

Kimberly Oka

Tell me about a distinct memory you have from your research internship?

I often shadow Dr. Nasseri on days that he is scheduled to see patients. Most of the time, I would take notes on the patient’s diagnosis and the patient’s next course of action, but I remember the first time I came in to observe a procedure. The patient was terrified, but Dr. Nasseri was always calm and continuously reassured him that everything will be ok. A good doctor doesn’t just treat the disease, but also ensures that the patient feels heard and cared for.

What did you learn the most about surgery/medicine so far in your research internship?

Working on different research projects with Dr. Nasseri has taught me a lot about the abdomen, colon, and rectum. Research has been an important part of the learning process because it sheds light on the problems colorectal surgeons may encounter and it allows me to see how changing some variable of the surgical process may improve patient outcomes post-surgery. Because I spend most of my time at the clinic, I also see Dr. Nasseri interact with patients. During these visits, I learn about how he practices medicine, specifically in how he diagnoses and treats his patients.

What did you learn the most about yourself in your research internship?

This internship renewed my drive to pursue medicine and taught me just how much I like to do research. I enjoy patient interaction and working on projects that work towards improving patient outcomes. I have drafted many abstracts and manuscripts throughout the year, and this experience has also significantly improved my writing skills, which would be useful for any career I decide to pursue in the future.

Why would you recommend this research internship to others who follow your footsteps?

I would recommend this research internship to others who are also interested in clinical research and are planning to pursue medicine. The experience is a good balance between both research and medicine because I was able to work on projects that were clinically relevant and also observe patient encounters in the office.

What are your long term career goals?

I plan to go to medical school and become a physician. I also hope to take part in several research projects along the way.

How did the research internship help you meet your long term career goals?

Helped me understand what a career in clinical research looks like from grant writing, to data collecting, to manuscript writing, and attending and speaking at a conference!

What is the most recent TV show or series you have watched?

Queen of the South

If you could have any meal in the world delivered to you right now, what would it be?

Authentic Indonesian food!