Jessica Kolb, MD

University of Minnesota
I grew up in Maple Grove, a suburb of Minneapolis, MN.  My life has been filled with lakes, snow, and Minnesota nice.,  Although this is my first time living out of the state, I am a dual Swiss and American citizen (my father is from Switzerland). My parents surrounded me with an international perspective.
 
I intended to leave Minnesota for college but fell in love with St Olaf in Northfield, MN where I majored in biology and Asian studies. I spent a semester studying in Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam studying emerging diseases.  I was inspired to join the Peace Corps and served in Kazakhstan where I worked at a women’s rights organization. Upon my return I worked at a school for children with Autism as a teacher’s assistant (my favorite job!) while applying to med schools.
 
I earned the Endowment for Service in Medicine from the University of Minnesota.  At the U of M, I volunteered with the student run free clinic, which served Somali, Hispanic, and Native American populations.  I spent one summer in Haiti volunteering at a boys’ orphanage and a birthing center.
 
When it came time to find a residency program, I looked for a place that would train me to be prepared to serve.  I was impressed by the residents at VCMC--so many of the people here are an inspiration in their stories and their dreams.  I am lucky to be part of a program that will train me in full spectrum medicine, and I remind myself of that when the work becomes overwhelming. And I finally left the winter cold behind!
 
When I am not working on medicine, I like to run.  I started running in 2007, ran my first marathon in 2009, and have completed 5 marathons to date.  My next is in Santa Barbara..  I also like to garden, read, golf with my dad, and spend time with friends and family.