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Going for gold

Perhaps it’s only natural that a biathlete would pursue degrees in medicine and public health. Like biathlon—a sport combining Nordic skiing with target shooting—dual degree programs require the mastery of two disciplines through focus and endurance. It’s the skillset Carolyn Treacy Bramante called on to anchor the U.S. women’s relay team at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and bring them to their best finish ever.

Now the MD/MPH student is bringing impressive results at the University of Minnesota. In just two years on campus, she has founded a 250-volunteer-strong program that delivers health care to homeless individuals. She has headed up the U’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, a group she represented at an AIDS summit in Washington, D.C. She has volunteered at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, a student-run facility serving uninsured, underserved, and undocumented patients.

Read more in Advances Magazine.

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