Before the NEOMED Class of 2026 starts their journey, we wanted to learn more about students from this group. We invited them to share their stories. Here is one response:

Meet first-year medicine student Natasha Salmen of Columbiana, Ohio. Natasha received a B.S. in biology from Youngstown State University.

What compelled you to pursue a degree in health care?

I am pursuing a career in health care because medicine will allow me to improve the quality of life for patients, and I can aid patients during difficult times in their lives. Medicine is also a lifelong learning commitment, and I enjoy learning.

Why did you choose NEOMED?

I chose NEOMED because NEOMED produces physicians that provide excellent patient-centered care, and I think it is important for patients to have a good, trusting relationship with their physician.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little, I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up.

What is your favorite thing to eat and why?

My favorite food is mac-n-cheese!

What book or movie are you currently recommending to friends? Why?

I would recommend the book A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. It is a thrilling mystery, and it has many unexpected plot twists that ties everything together at the end.

If time and resources were no object, what skill or hobby would you pursue? Why?

If time and resources were no object, I would pursue the hobby of traveling and travel to every country in the world.

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