Infectious Disease

Hooked on ID with Christine Thomas, DO

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I’ve wanted to be a doctor, to help people, since I was 5 years old.

Medicine’s humanitarian impact drew me to the field and continues to be a motivating factor for my career decisions. During my undergraduate years, I most enjoyed classes in microbiology, but it wasn’t until I was exposed to clinical infectious diseases as a medical student that I began considering the specialty as a career. One of the things I love most about infectious diseases is the investigative approach to diagnosis, searching for any clues to point me toward the answer. Another thing I love is the curative aspect of our therapies – that antimicrobials are so effective at reversing the trajectory of disease.

Christina Thomas
Christina Thomas

With the knowledge of how to minimize sickness and death from infectious diseases, I can improve the lives of people and entire communities. Even in the early stages of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a team that seeks to reduce the impact of infectious diseases that are disproportionately experienced by many underrepresented communities. Through this, I’ve directed that overarching quest to help people toward improving access to health care, advocating for this, especially in underprivileged communities.

– Christine Thomas, DO
Infectious diseases fellow
University of Minnesota Medical School

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