Schertz Plans Career in Medicine, Global Service

APRIL 15, 2013 - Katherine Schertz (NHS’15) was drawn to Georgetown because of the unique opportunities provided by the Department of International Health.

“I wanted to be able to incorporate international service into the career path I chose,” Schertz says. “Being able to do pre-med and international health here was a great way to combine the two.”

After taking mission trips in high school to Asheville, N.C., and Reynosa, Mexico, the New Jersey native was inspired to pair her plans of becoming a physician with dreams of international service work.

‘Major in Action’

Recently, Schertz joined other Georgetown students on a Global Brigades experience in Panama. The spring break trip provided students with the opportunity to bring medical supplies and care to many individuals who had been without it. Alongside physicians, students rotated through different stations to provide care and supplies.

“It was an incredible experience,” she says. “You get to really learn what it means to have health care disparities ... It’s seeing your major in action.”

Close-Knit Atmosphere

In addition to being a Pre-Med Society board member, Schertz is a New Student Organization member and works in a lab at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Since becoming involved on campus, she has grown to love the close-knit atmosphere at NHS and enthusiastic faculty.

“It’s just an awesome environment,” Schertz says. “You get to know the professors one-on-one, and it’s like a family. Once you’re in NHS, you can feel that. The faculty are so eager to help you learn to do what they do and do it well.”

Looking Ahead

Schertz plans to continue her service work and is looking forward to choosing a country for her study abroad experience. This summer, she plans to intern at a hospital alongside an oncologist.

While Schertz is interested in women’s health, oncology, or emergency room medicine, she’s going to wait until medical school to decide. Yet she’s sure that her plans will include her love for service.

“I plan to join something similar to Doctors Without Borders,” she says. “That way I can be a physician but continue to do international service work.”

By Tiffani Haynes