“The compassion that came from my doctors and nurses at CHOP, backed by their expertise in caretaking, inspired me to go into medicine as a way to give back and help those in need.”
Senior biology major Michael DiMuzio has always had a passion for science. But the future medical student was propelled in the direction of the health care field after a battle with leukemia that began in middle school.
“[The diagnosis] was really hard on me in the beginning because I was unaware of what the disease even was,” DiMuzio recalls. “The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was just such a great resource for me and my family, to help us understand my disease and to have a game plan for where I was going in the future with my treatment.”
Due to his almost daily visits to the hospital, DiMuzio was homeschooled with visits from his high school teachers during the first semester of ninth grade. By the second half of his freshman year and through the end of his treatment in his junior year, he was able to attend classes.
“I am now five years in remission and finally moving onto survivorship,” he says.
The experience left him with a desire to help others through medicine.
“The compassion that came from my doctors and nurses at CHOP, backed by their expertise in caretaking, inspired me to go into medicine as a way to give back and help those in need,” he says. In addition to his biology major, DiMuzio also carries a minor in health care ethics.
This summer, DiMuzio will begin the M.D. program at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, with hopes to also earn his Ph.D. in the future.
“Thanks to my experiences at SJU, I am excited to see how I can use research to affect the field of medicine in the future,” he says.
A full profile about DiMuzio is available on the SJU News website.