Reflections on UTSW Medical School (Part 1)

As the UT Southwestern Medical School class of 2019 looks ahead this week to Match Day, they are also looking back on their education and how it has shaped their future as physicians.


Danielle Rucker, Class of 2019
Emergency Medicine

“This is an institution that’s known around the nation. UT southwestern is just one of those places that people know about and have great things to say.”

“I graduated high school a year early, did community college for three years and during that time I had family members get ill with kind of the same thing.”

“I saw the way the doctors interacted with our families, I saw the sense of comfort they were able to provide.”

“That’s when my interest was piqued, and kind of the rest is history.”

“Me and my husband we were really good friends in high school and middle school.”

“We got married in 2012.”

“Maddox was born in 2014.”

“It’s always been super important to me number one do as well as possible in school and number two to still be there and still have that bond with my son.”

“It hasn’t been easy, but it’s definitely been worth it.”

“I don’t think I could have done it without them. They have been a driving force for me. My husband has always been nothing but completely supportive.”

“I would just constantly have to remind myself, okay this is what you came here for.”

“You finally have this opportunity to become a physician, something that you dreamed about.”

Gene Hu, Class of 2019
Internal Medicine

“I was drawn towards medicine…because of this really relational aspect initially as well as this really strong scientific background being able to analyze things in this very detective like mind set.”

“I started the violin around 2nd grade.”

“Playing the violin for the past 14 years has instilled a lot of discipline that has been helpful as a medical student …1:55 “It is a constant reminder of what keeps me grounded.”

“I’ve been a part of UT Southwestern’s premier acapella group – the Lymph-nodes. In addition to that, every year there’s a multicultural show and I was able to participate in that in my first year and in my fourth year.”

“I got really involved performing in five dances my first year and then a couple my fourth year.” 3:24 …it was with things like Bollywood, Bungra and Ross…a lot of Indian dances.”

“Medical school is really difficult and having those friends where you can hang out and goof off with or sharing what’s really going on, what your struggles have been like, I think has been a huge blessing.”

“My biggest take a way is constantly thinking about innovation because I think that coming in as the first year of a new curriculum. UT Southwestern being a huge research powerhouse and getting to see a lot of cutting-edge new treatments and things like that I’ve really taken away from UT Southwestern is what it means to constantly be thinking about how we can do things better and where the future direction of medicine is going.”

Michael Kutschke, Class of 2019
Orthopaedics Surgery
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“The thing that got me really involved in Medicine was my PE coach. In third grade, oddly enough, he took it upon himself to teach us about the muscles of the body.”

“My love for sport and helping people and I also found how my love for engineering was really in the muscular skeletal system in orthopedics.”

“It is an amazing feeling to have in know that this is a fulfillment of what I thought about 20 something years ago.”

“I’ve definitely been fortunate to have a lot of support along the way.”

“The most important relationship in med school is my wife. She is not in our class or associated with medical school at all, but out of her love of volunteerism and love for working with kids, she was volunteering at Scottish Rite Hospital, which is where I do my research as a second year.”

“Gene and I were elected as the curriculum representatives for our class.”

“Really the role that we played was acting as an intermediary or liaison between the student body and the faculty and administration that would be designing the curriculum.”

“We went to an 18 month pre-clinical and then put in some elective time and research for us to be able to explore some other avenues during that pre-clinical time.” 11:25

“Its 100 percent is unanimous that no one would want to go back to the old curriculum. This provides a lot more freedom in what’s important to you. What’s your passions are in medicine.”

“All the way from Parkland, Clements, the VA, Children’s. It’s a really unique set up and I think getting to be a part of that clinical training is truly excellent.”