Campus: Old Westbury Major: Osteopathic Medicine, D.O.
For more than a decade, a career in medicine has been the calling for Wendy Kadi. Her pursuit began in an unlikely placea literature class at John Jay College in New York Cityon Sept. 11, 2001.
"I remember going out into the streets and seeing people trying to get into St. Luke's Hospital," Kadi says. "I never felt so helpless. I remember thinking about what I could do to help people in those burning buildings."
The experience inspired her to transfer to Stony Brook University and change her major from forensics to pre-medical science. After graduating, Kadi took a New York-based job as a clinical laboratory technologist at Genzyme, one of the largest biotech companies in the world. There, she became interested in the treatment of cancer.
"I loved working there, but I always wanted to do something more," she says.
Kadi enrolled in the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to earn an M.S. in biomedical sciences. The next step was NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine.
"I spent seven years trying to get into medical school," says Kadi, who was raised in Brooklyn and is of Lebanese descent. "NYIT was my first choice. Everything I've done has been to become a physician."
As she enters her third year, Kadi will begin medical rotations in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her end goal is a career as an oncologist.
"I believe in osteopathic medicine," she says. "It really has healing properties, and I plan to incorporate it into my practice."