Open Book . . . Matthew DeWolf, SOM ’14 Each Wednesday, the Daily Voice introduces you to a student or resident at UMass Medical School. We’ve asked our subjects to answer a few questions that might reveal a little of their personalities. If you know someone who you’d like to see profiled, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why did you choose UMass Medical School? It is one of the cheapest and best medical schools in the country with the greatest people! Describe yourself in six words or fewer. Honest, determined, outgoing, fun, excited. If you were stranded on a deserted island, name three things you would want. My family, my jeep and a ridiculously long internet cable connected to a computer. If you could have dinner with a famous person, living or dead, who would that be and why? Jack LaLanne. He was the first fitness superhero, and a guru in nutrition, exercise and motivational speaking—what a great role model for medical students! I have always had an interest in personal fitness and it would be fascinating to hear about it from the man who started it all. What person or experience made you decide to pursue a medical degree and why? There is no one experience but rather a culmination of my life experiences. I have a passion for health, helping people, teaching and science—particularly human anatomy and physiology. Becoming a physician is the only thing that allows me to unite all of these on a daily basis. I have been re-affirmed of my decision to attend medical school ever since I first had the thought as a junior in high school. What is the most interesting or challenging job (paid or unpaid) you’ve ever had and what did you learn about yourself? My first job was in a fast-paced restaurant when I was 14 years old. It taught me to always work hard, be nice to people and work in a team—three values I have embraced ever since. What would your fellow students be surprised to learn about you? My love of boats. Ever since I was a little kid, I have been obsessed. They might also be surprised that one of my favorite shows is SpongeBob Square Pants (although maybe they wouldn’t be surprised at that). If UMass Medical School had not been an option, what would you be doing right now? Working as a professional wrestler, but I wouldn’t wear spandex. My character would be a crazy scientist, Dr. Bruce. Or, more realistically, pursing a degree in physical therapy. If you could change the world as a physician, what would you like to do? Inspiring people, through my own example, to take steps each day toward improving their health and wellbeing. Most surprising thing you’ve found out about graduate school? How wonderful and genuine all of the people are. Everyone truly cares about you as a person at UMass Medical School, and I think that makes a huge difference. Most surprising thing you’ve discovered about Worcester? All of the wonderful restaurants! There is such a variety of quality places to eat. It really is a fun city!