ristina Mallozzi '17, often visited her father’s family practice office as a young girl. She spent time with him during Bring Your Daughter to Work Day, and later she worked in his office after school.
“I would wear his white coat, and it was always so big,” Mallozzi recalled with a wide smile.
Today, as a student in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, she has her own white coat ; it's a perfect fit. She credits her father for inspiring her to enter the field.
“He has a good relationship with his patients,” she said. "He has been able to follow patients for many years. He still is really happy.”
Mallozzi appreciates the hands-on experience she gained in the Medical Student Home program (MeSH). Each week during the first two years of medical school, she worked alongside Dr. Cosmo Filiberto, a family medicine physician in Trumbull, Connecticut. Mallozzi performed patient examinations and encountered diverse, and sometimes unusual, diagnoses. She had an opportunity to better understand the experiences of patients living with health issues.
“I feel like I bonded really well with my MeSH preceptor,” said Mallozzi. “He knows me enough to know my strong points, and my weak points, and to help me improve.”
Mallozzi earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology at Dartmouth and a master’s in public health from New York University. She selected Quinnipiac partly because of its focus on primary care. “I’m very interested in patient care and in becoming a well-rounded doctor,” she said.
The program is challenging, but the school offers a supportive environment. “We have a great relationship with our faculty and they are really responsive to us,” Mallozzi said. “It’s a very collaborative atmosphere, which I love. There’s a lot of teamwork among the students. You never really feel like you’re in competition with other people. You feel like you’re on this adventure together.”