University of Delaware senior Briyana Chisholm is headed to medical school … soon. The medical diagnostics was accepted Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; she intends to specialize in pediatric hematology/oncology.

However, before the med school grind, she has a date with Galicia, Spain. She received an English teaching assistant award from prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which bestows merit-based grants for international educational exchange. Her Fulbright tenure will last ten months starting in mid-September.

Chisholm intended to go directly to medical school upon graduation, but found the Fulbright opportunity too enticing.

“It’s a chance to pursue my other passions — working with children and the Spanish language and culture,” emphasized Chisholm, who will graduate with minors in biology and Spanish.

This is not her first extended stay aboard. Chisholm previously took part in a UD Institute for Global Studies session to Spain, where she shadowed in hospitals and taught English. This time around, she will complete a teaching assistantship. She will also connect with the Spanish healthcare community, a partnership that she describes as mutually beneficial.

“I will teach English lessons, but it goes beyond that. They will get to hear my [American] perspective on healthcare and I get to hear from the perspective of the Spanish people,” explained Chisholm. “When I come back to the U.S. as a medical student and eventually a doctor, it’s important to have an understanding of other healthcare systems.” 

Finally, Chisholm, a UD cheerleader, also successfully proposed the development of an after-school cheerleading program in Galicia.

Shout out to UD staff

The Fulbright opportunity was buoyed by Katherine Kerrane from the University Honors Program. With the application due essentially at the same time as her medical school application, Chisholm sought Kerrane’s guidance.

“I went to Katherine with what I was able to gather in a short amount of time,” explained Chisholm. “She was potential in my application. She’s the reason that my application was a success.”

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