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Natalie Santucci, MS/Biomed ’22 
MS in Biomedical Sciences

July 25, 2022

Natalie Santucci, MS/Biomed `22Upon graduating from PCOM’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program, Natalie Santucci will start her journey in PCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. Below, Ms. Santucci reflects on her time at PCOM and her hopes for the future.

What inspired you to pursue a degree in biomedical sciences?

As a non-science major in undergrad, I was interested in biomedical sciences to enhance my knowledge and practice of medical science before pursuing a career in health care. I have always been interested in so many different things so I wanted a program to help me focus on more specific areas of science and medicine.

Why did you choose PCOM for your graduate education?

As a Philadelphia native, I have had the privilege of encountering many PCOM alums in my health care throughout my life—from psychologists to physician assistants and doctors of osteopathic medicine. After being treated so well by them and hearing how highly they speak of their PCOM experiences, I knew that PCOM would be the place for me to pursue my higher education.

Tell us about your time in the biomedical sciences program.

My experience in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program was rigorous but extremely positive. Not only did the program push me to be academically my best self, but it also pushed me out of my comfort zone in learning in a virtual setting during the first year and making the most of our in-person experiences during the second year. My favorite part of the program was definitely all the wonderful people I have met along the way—I would not be where I am without the friends and mentors that have helped me get here!

Were there any faculty or staff members that were influential in your journey to PCOM or during your time here?

The anatomy faculty has been amazing to me during my time at PCOM. Each member of the biomedical anatomy faculty has been so helpful in teaching me and mentoring me in my dissection and teaching skills. I am so thankful to them for helping me nurture my love for anatomy and medical education!

What will you be pursuing after graduating?

I will be starting in PCOM’s doctor of osteopathic medicine class of 2026 this fall, and I hope that I can use everything that the biomed program has taught me to help my fellow classmates and further my path to becoming a well-rounded physician! I hope that I can also be a friend and mentor to those coming into the biomed program because my mentors have been so influential in my journey at PCOM, and I would love to do that for others.

What advice would you give to a student starting their journey now?

Be open to new experiences, try things that scare you (get out of your comfort zone), and don't rush—savor the moments and make the best of tough situations, like when you are so busy studying! Don't be afraid to ask questions or for help; there is no shortage of people at PCOM that want to help you get to where you want to go!