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Jacob Cogan

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Jacob Cogan

I have a younger brother with autism, which led me to become interested in neurology at an early age.  I enrolled in medical school knowing that a career in neurology was at the top of my list of interests.  After my first year of school, I applied and was fortunate enough to be accepted to the National MS Society Summer Fellowship for medical students, an experience which sparked my interest in MS specifically.

I love learning about the human body, and all of the mechanisms of health and disease.  I can’t wait to begin my clinical rotations, to start putting what I have learned into practice.

My advice for a medical student who is interested in MS (or in the field of neurology in general) to apply for the Summer MS Fellowship in one of the cities where the program is offered.  It is truly a special program, run by some exceptional individuals in the MS Society that combines a variety of clinical and research experiences.  I was able to work in a leading center for MS treatment in New York City; to observe all aspects of MS care (from clinical treatment, to home nursing visits, to physical therapy); and to conduct a research project with my supervisor, which we submitted to the American Academy of Neurology 2014 Annual Meeting (our project was accepted, and I attended the conference and presented a poster about our research).  Overall, the program has motivated me to seriously consider a career in MS treatment.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, and cooking.

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