In a span of seven years Angela Kelle went from being a computer engineer without an undergraduate degree to being a physician in her first year of residency. “One thing led to another,” says Kelle. “I moved step by step.”
Kelle’s first step was to take a programming language course at SPS, which she hoped would lead to more satisfaction in her tech job. She soon realized that SPS offered many more opportunities, including not only the chance to finish the undergraduate degree she had deferred because of finances but also a premedicine post-baccalaureate program that could help her realize her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.
Her next step was to enroll as a human biology major at SPS, where classes in immunology and biochemistry proved to be especially helpful in her later studies. At SPS Kelle shared many of her classes with students in the premedicine post-baccalaureate certificate program, which she completed as well. “The premed classes prepared me so well for medical school that I was confident there from the very beginning,” says Kelle, who graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 2010, four years after earning her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Northwestern.
Another important step Kelle took while at SPS was to engage in research and to network with Northwestern-trained physicians. She says those experiences enhanced her application to medical school, and the resulting eight journal articles she coauthored based on that research proved critical to landing a residency in pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
“Once I came to Northwestern, it was a chain reaction,” says Kelle. “I don’t know if I could have done what I dreamed of doing without the program. I still can’t imagine any university being as accessible and as good of a fit for me as Northwestern.”