I grew up in Kikinda, Serbia after which I moved to Novi Sad to attend Medical High School where I graduated as a Medical Technician/Nurse. Since high school, I realized that I tremendously enjoyed learning about medicine and science and decided to pursue science further.
I was fortunate enough to be offered a full ride to Oklahoma City University as a student-athlete studying Cell and Molecular Biology while rowing. During my undergrad, I conducted research in Rheumatology and Osteoarthritis at the University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center, and later at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation with the Jeffries lab. Currently, I am a second-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City with an interest in Internal Medicine.
As someone who has now been involved with both Serbian and US healthcare, I realized that there is a tremendous potential for collaboration between the two nations and I joined SAMA because I saw an organization that is actively working towards achieving this joint expansion and improvement of the two healthcare systems.