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"FutureDoc" Jessie Tesi '23 Travels to Tanzania

By Alena Bitonti, Senior Communications Intern

Notre Dame student Jessie Tesi ‘23 had a once-in-a-lifetime experience this summer. She was one of a select group of students chosen by The Congress of Future Medical Leaders, a nationally recognized high school honors organization, to attend a two-week program in Tanzania. She was joined by other high school students as well as some undergraduate students who aspire to have careers in the medical field.

Jessie learned about the program when she received a letter stating that she had been selected to attend. “Obviously, at first, you’re suspicious about these things. We called and asked what the program was about,” Jessie said. “I attended a meeting via Zoom that was held in June.” At the meeting, Jessie learned about a program being sponsored by FutureDocs Abroad, a branch of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Established by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders aims to instill confidence and awareness in talented high school students who want to pursue a career in medicine. Attendees hear from Nobel laureates, medical school deans, Ivy League leaders, top professionals in the medical field, award-winning inventors and scientists, patients, and others.

Jessie was very interested and reserved her spot. She received an email the next day telling her that she would be going to Tanzania during the Summer of 2022.

It was a long 14-hour flight to Tanzania, but it was well worth it. She explained, “When you first get to the airport, you meet everyone that’s in the program. It was interesting for me to meet the other students in person after keeping in touch with them online.”

During her two weeks in Tanzania, Jessie gained real-life experience as she spent time in emergency rooms, clinics, and hospital wards. She shadowed various physicians, including Dr. Mohammed, a cardiologist. Jessie watched Dr. Mohammed as she performed EKGs and echocardiograms on patients. Jessie also shadowed a doctor in the dialysis unit as patients underwent their 6 hour dialysis treatments. She was able to observe surgeries taking place in operating rooms. She was particularly interested in two laparoscopies and a c-section she was able to watch. 

It was not all work during her trip. On the weekends, Jessie and her group would visit the city. One of her favorite memories was going on a safari at Mikumi National Park and seeing the wildlife in Tanzania.

Ever since she was little, Jessie would joke with her older brother about who would be the better doctor. She was always interested in any science class she was taking. It was after she took STEM with Dr. Bridgewater here at Notre Dame that Jessie knew she wanted to pursue a medical career. Her goal is to become a trauma surgeon, and having this experience abroad in Tanzania confirmed her decision.

When asked what she would tell other students who may be presented with this opportunity she said, “I would definitely recommend this trip to people who are interested in medicine and I would totally do it again. I’m still in contact and friends with the people I met there. You come out of it not only with more knowledge but more friends and a new family.” Notre Dame is so proud of her accomplishments and we look forward to seeing her succeed in her future medical career!

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