Kelsea Anderson, M3
Kelsea didn’t always have her mind set on medicine. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from McGill University in Montreal, minoring in marketing and behavioral sciences. But soon after landing a position on Coca Cola’s marketing team, she realized she lacked passion for her profession.
After much consideration, Kelsea decided to pursue an M.D. in hopes of using her multidisciplinary expertise to help people.
“Wayne State stood out to me because they value students with diverse experiences, and that’s important for someone with my background.”
Born and raised in Leamington, Ontario, Kelsea crosses the border every day to study at the School of Medicine. Now in her second year, she spends her time outside the classroom singing with the Music in Medicine group at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, volunteering with AIDS Partnership Michigan, and mentoring students in the Class of 2019.
As a member of the Continuous Program Improvement Committee and president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Wayne State Chapter, she’s enthusiastic about education and is laying the foundation for a career that goes beyond clinical work.
IHI aims to give students a better understanding of medical errors and how to prevent them. Kelsea’s leadership in the organization has helped integrate this critical and often overlooked aspect of medical education into the first- and second-year M.D. curriculum at Wayne State.
“Understanding how medical errors happen and when they’re preventable is such a critical component to medicine that’s not often covered in the classroom.”
Kelsea has been to Australia and Switzerland to study abroad, to Quebec for a college degree, and to Toronto for a career she’d ultimately leave behind. But as she pursues her passion in Midtown, it’s safe to say she feels right at home.
Kelsea is what it looks like to Aim Higher.