"NYLF Medicine showed me that being a doctor is not simply a career choice but a life calling. By meeting medical students, residents, doctors, and patients during my 10 day program, I gained a complete picture of both the educational path of medicine and the impact of a medical career. After completing my NYLF Medicine experience, I knew that medicine was my calling."
Dr. Ashley Wietsma, a 2002 NYLF Medicine alumna, holds a Bachelors of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical graduate program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Wietsma received her Medical Degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD before continuing her training as a Robotic and Telemedicine Research Fellow in the Department of Pediatric Urology at Boston Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA. Currently Dr. Wietsma is a urology resident at Duke University Medical Center, where she plans to continue her research pursuits while training as a urologic surgeon.
During her summers before entering medical school, Dr. Wietsma returned to the Envision Company as the Program Director for LeadAmerica’s Medicine & Healthcare conferences at Georgetown University and Columbia University. Dr. Wiestma continues to lend her time to Envision’s NYLF Medicine and Advanced Medicine & Health Care programs as an alumna and expert panelist. Dr. Wietsma credits her decision to become a doctor to her experiences at NYLF Medicine as a teenager.