Meet Emily & Ryan - White Coat Chronicles

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Across the country, thousands of students are working, studying and dreaming of doing what we do every day – caring for patients. These students will become nurses, pharmacists, lab techs, physical therapists, nutritionists and doctors. We at CHI Health are an important part of their journey. Today’s students train here, learn here and realize their calling – here.

That’s what Creighton University medical student Emily Allen thinks about as she walks through the halls of CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy. Growing up in rural Missouri, Emily didn’t dream of being a doctor. It wasn’t until high school that she put her love for people and science together with her passion for helping others.

“In high school I went on a month-long mission trip to Uganda to work at an orphanage run by a doctor, Emily recalled. “He let me shadow him and introduced me to medicine. We saw cases of malaria, horrible malnutrition, parasites and countless other things. He let me assist in treating the patients and I fell in love. I vowed then that this is what I would dedicate my life to,” Emily said.

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And she is committing to sharing her life with Ryan, her fiancé. They got engaged a week before they both started their third year of medical school at Creighton. “I asked her to marry me on top of a mountain in Colorado,” said Ryan Saliga, also an M-3 (M-3 is short for third – 3 – year medical student). Ryan, who grew up in Marlborough, Massachusetts, which is about 45 minutes west of Boston, met his love at Creighton. They come from different places but their hearts are united in service.

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“I went on a mission trip to Ecuador when I was 15. That experience showed me the need for medical care both globally and locally. I realized I wanted to be a person who would do something about it,” Ryan said. Ryan and Emily, who are getting married on June 27, 2020, have invited us to take this medical school and life journey with them over the next couple of years. Through the new White Coat Chronicles blog (both written and video) we will get to see what medical school is really like -- and we will see why being an academic health system is a source of pride and honor, and our legacy for future generations.

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