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Bekauri ’20 Heads to Medical School

This fall, Tamari Bekauri ’20 begins medical school at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. 

Following a holistic liberal arts experience and a job in a clinical research laboratory, Tamari Bekauri ’20 will begin medical school in August at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

At HWS, Bekauri majored in biochemistry and minored in philosophy, and was a member of the William Smith soccer team, participated in the jazz ensemble and wind ensemble, took trumpet lessons, and served as a Teaching Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning. She studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she was a member of the University of Copenhagen International Symphony Orchestra.

“HWS allowed me to be as involved as I wanted to be: I could be a student, an athlete, a musician. I didn’t have to choose just one path to follow. This freedom not only made me a well-rounded applicant when I applied to medical school but allowed me to continue to pursue my passions.”

On her journey to medical school, Bekauri says Associate Director of Health Professions and Fellowship Advising Scott MacPhail provided unparalleled support.  

“I cannot emphasize enough what a great resource Scott is to any students hoping to attend medical school or graduate school,” Bekauri says. “I decided to take gap years before going to school again and Scott was still heavily involved in assisting me throughout that time, even after I graduated.”

Currently, Bekauri is a laboratory technician at the University of Rochester where she has gained research and clinical experience. She says the role helped clarify her decision to attend medical school.  

“I was undecided after graduation about whether to pursue medical school or graduate school and this position helped me to make a decision.”

In July, Bekauri’s work from her time at UR will be presented at an international conference in Ireland by her principal investigator and mentor Dr. Megan Falsetta Wood. The Falsetta lab is committed to translational women’s health research. Their goal is to identify previously unknown mechanisms of disease for disabling vulvar conditions, such as vulvodynia and lichens.

While Bekauri is eager to learn more about a variety of fields at the University at Buffalo before she picks a specialization, she is confident she will pursue a career geared toward direct patient care and long-term patient relationships.