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Kelly Feldman

  • Advisor for students applying to medical school

  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Class of 2018

  • Currently a Pediatric Resident at UCI/CHOC, Class of 2021

Kelly spent her childhood in Cape Town, South Africa, before making her way with her family to California. With her father being a physician, she was initially determined not to follow in his footsteps (nobody wants to be a cliché), so she pursued a career in professional dance instead.

However, after her first college biology course and first shadowing experience in the hospital, Kelly resigned to the “Hallelujah Chorus” in the sky and immediately became a pre-med.

She transferred to UCSD, graduating Summa Cum Laude in Molecular Biology, after which she completed a thesis-driven Masters of Science in the same field. While there, she worked as a Resident Advisor in the transfer housing as well as being a coxswain on Men’s Crew. Both of these experiences taught her discipline and compassion. Working the Sun God Festival as a Resident Advisor at UCSD is no joke, my friends.

In 2014 Kelly ventured across the country to attend the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. There she had the privilege of leading the medical student dance team (they’re not bad for a bunch of almost doctors), and as an upperclassman taught clinical skills to the Freshmen and Sophomores. Although medical school is rough, you will always hear her say, “Miami was the best thing that could have ever happened to me!”

While there, Kelly served on the Miami Miller admissions committee, where she has reviewed many, many applicant files, advocating for applicants she believed had gone above and beyond to earn acceptance.

Match Day 2018 came and went: She matched to her number 1 rank at UCI/CHOC for Pediatric Residency, with hopes to do a Pediatric Critical Care or Hospital Medicine fellowship (don’t hold her to this, a lot can change in three years, a second residency may even be in the works).  

Unrelated to medicine, who are we kidding, there is no time to have things unrelated to medicine while in residency. However, in the fractions of free time she does have she is trying to train her CV system to not give out while walking up 6 flights of stairs. You can find her at Huntington Beach trying to soak up as much UV to make Vitamin D for the long, dark, hospital winters filled with bronchiolitis and pneumonias. If doing none of the above, you can find her binge watching “The Great British Bake Show” and any Netflix documentaries she can find related to space travel, physics, or architecture.

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