Meet a #MedCat: California native Leanne Zabala is a first-generation college student who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from LA’s Occidental College. During her time as a medical student, Leanne participated in the Community Service Distinction Track, clocking in more than 180 hours of community service. Leanne split her time between studying and providing medical care to underserved populations, including the #Tucson
homeless, geriatric patients, and residents of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico — a small, medically disadvantaged border town.
Leanne is a student representative of the Class of 2019 and was nominated to be in the Gold Humanism Honor Society for displaying outstanding compassion and kindness in patient care. She also is a participant of the Medical Student Research Program, where she received a stipend from the National Institutes of Health to pursue a research project. With the stipend, Leanne helped develop a method to screen human medications for ototoxicity, which leads to hearing loss and damage to the inner ear’s hair cells.
Leanne will pursue a residency in internal medicine after graduation.
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