Vytas Karalius Shares Journey to Medical School

vytas-karaliusVytas Karalius, third-year medical student at the Mayo Medical School, was recently interviewed by Loyola University, the college where he completed two master’s degrees, to discuss his path to medical school.

In the article, Karalius talks about his time at Loyola; how the school prepared him for medical school, classes, and professors that assisted in preparation; research he's completed during medical school; and advice for future medical students.

Karalius discusses his research with Robin Patel, M.D., Division Chair of Clinical Microbiology. As a first-year medical student, Karalius studied an outbreak of Bordetella parapertussis, a lesser-known cousin of Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough), under mentorship of Dr. Patel. The project compares an outbreak in southern Minnesota to one across the United States and has been ongoing for almost two years. View more information on the research.

According to Karalius, "If medical school is truly what you want to do when you wake up in the morning and that’s all you can really imagine that you are meant to do, then don’t quit."

Read the article to learn more about Karalius' story.

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April Josselyn

April Josselyn is a Marketing Associate at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She is the editor of Mayo Clinic PathWays and supports corporate communications strategies and internal communications. She has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2012. Outside of work, April enjoys the outdoors and being "hockey mom" for her two sports-crazed boys.