- Class Year 1995
- Degree B.A. History
Rana Malek graduated from Loyola in 1995 with a B.A. in History before attending medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “I had always planned to go to medical school," she says, "but I thought of college as the last chance to do something that was not based in the sciences... So I majored in history and took a lot of art history courses after discovering it by chance and loving it. At the same time, I was able to complete all the required pre-med courses.” Rana is ever grateful for the relationships she made with professors, particularly through the Honors Program, as well as the chance to read and digest history, literature, theology, and philosophy texts that are fundamental to modern society. “I learned how to think and analyze to form my opinions,” she explains. “And I was surrounded with smart, sharp classmates so I had to be able to defend those opinions with facts.” As an assistant professor on the clinician-educator track at the University of Maryland, Rana divides her time with patients and teaching medical students.
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My teachers at Loyola were role models for me. I wanted to be as intelligent, well-read, and successful as they were.