Vera took the roundabout path to medical school -- she served in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years between high school and college. When she started undergraduate coursework at the University of Arizona, her goals were simple: prepare for medical school and survive math! She ended up exceeding her own expectations, double majoring in neuroscience and mathematics with an emphasis on computational neuroscience. She is currently completing her MD/PhD at University of Washington in St. Louis.
Since beginning her journey at the University of Arizona, Vera has remained passionate about sharing the methods she learned to not only pass her courses, but to excel and deeply engage with difficult subjects. Her areas of expertise include biology, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, psychology, and statistics. Because she took a very unconventional path to medicine, she deeply enjoys coaching medical school applicants on the process of applying to medical school. From her own experiences, she learned how to leverage strong components of her application to compensate for weaker pieces -- now that she is a student in an MSTP, she is passionate about helping other students discover the unique things they have to offer and how best to showcase themselves in their application materials.