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Student Spotlight - Meet Neil Almeida, a fourth-year medical student

Faculty ProfileThis feature lets us become better acquainted with the students that use Himmelfarb library resources on a daily basis. Meet Neil Almedia.

What program are you in?
I am a fourth-year medical student at GW SMHS.

What brought you to GW?
I was especially drawn to GW for the exceptional academics and diverse student opportunities including GW Healing Clinic and the Scholarly Concentration Program. The close proximity to NIH Clinical Center and Children’s National Health Center allows students to work clinically at various locations and also gain exposure to basic science and clinical research.

Are there any memorable research or special projects that you’ve participated in while at GW?
I was involved in a unique multi-center study investigating Chiari malformations. This is a structural deficit in which the rear region of the brain, the cerebellum, herniates through the base of skull and compresses the spinal cord. Compression of the spinal cord leads to a myriad of neurological deficits. Our project compared the differences between adult vs. pediatric cohorts in radiographic findings, clinical presentations, & surgical outcomes. These data encompassed patients from GW, Georgetown, NIH, Global Neurosciences Institute, & Walter Reed data. 

As you reflect on your time at GW, can you share a favorite Himmelfarb memory, or an experience you found to be most useful?
Himmelfarb has become somewhat of a second home these last few years. From studying for board exams, block exams, and shelfs, countless hours have been spent here with friends. I am also thankful to Thomas Harrod, Laura Abate, and Catherine Sluder for all their assistance and honest feedback with submission of research projects.

Whathas been the most unexpected, surprising, or challenging experience as a GW student?
GW has been an incredible experience and expectedly there have been many ups and also downs. Building perseverance and having a strong group of close friends has allowed me to get to where I am today.

What are your plans after GW?
My main interests are in neuroscience and translational research. I hope to be involved with academic medicine throughout my career and continue to work on meaningful projects that will impact our current understanding of neuro-oncology.

When you are not studying, what are your hobbies, interests, or special things you like to do?
My interests include family, friends, exploring DC, Los Angeles Lakers, cooking with friends, and listening to Krewella and NERVO.


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