Alice Schmidt Kehaya


Integrative Medicine Scholarly Concentration

Alice Schmidt Kehaya

Class of 2018

Alice attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dual majoring in Journalism and Political Science.  While at UNC, Alice ran the 800 meter as a captain of the Varsity Track and Field team. Upon graduation, she went on to compete professionally, earning a spot on the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Athlete in both the Beijing and London Olympic Games as well as the World Championships.  Her experiences with running developed her curiosity for the human body and she shifted her career aspirations. Alice completed her Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at the University of Virginia.

“I decided to pursue a linkage from my post-bac at UVA because I was a career changer, and I knew that a linkage would provide me the opportunity to attend an excellent medical school without sacrificing a glide year. I knew that GW was a great fit for me when I toured the school and heard from current students. They were sharp, grounded, collaborative and happy! They exemplified what I hoped my life as a medical student would be.

I was also attracted to the strong clinical practice component that GW provides. As a former athlete who practiced for years to prepare for big races, it was appealing that I would have opportunities to practice as a medical student. Between learning physical diagnosis skills in the class center, learning to improve interview techniques in small groups, and shadowing during apprenticeship activities, I have gained confidence in my clinical abilities, which makes me feel equipped to interact with and help patients.”