publication date: Oct. 23, 2020

Conversation with The Cancer Letter

Rachelle Monteau: I’m a pre-med student because my first exposure to healthcare disparities was through my family

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Rachelle Monteau

Pre-med student,

Sophie Davis Program,

City College of New York

 

Rachelle Monteau first learned about Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center through her father, who worked as a physician assistant, and who served on medical mission trips to Haiti, his home country.

Monteau’s uncle was diagnosed with leukemia when she was a child. Without adequate care, his cancer progressed to stage II before he sought treatment at MSK.

“If it wasn’t for my dad who already works in medicine and was like, ‘Wait, I know the signs of leukemia; I know the signs of cancer. This isn’t okay,’ he wouldn’t have ever gone to MSK,” Monteau said to The Cancer Letter. “Eventually he did, but by that point he was already to stage II and he was pretty much having the symptoms for a long time.

“This is the reason why I chose to intern at MSK.”

Monteau, 19, a pre-med student at The City College of New York in the seven-year BS/MD Sophie Davis Program, recently completed a summer internship in cancer research at MSK—the Summer Clinical Oncology Research Experience (SCORE) Program.

“Let’s say, if he had known to go to MSK before, then it wouldn’t have taken so long,” Monteau said. “I think especially as a child or, I guess, a young adult, I would … Continue reading Rachelle Monteau: I’m a pre-med student because my first exposure to healthcare disparities was through my family

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