Elena DiMiceli

Degree: Doctor of Medicine

College/School: Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Elena DiMiceli has always felt a need to help the most needy; that’s why she chose the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine whose mission includes addressing the social determinants of health and providing health care access to the underserved. That’s also why she chose to specialize in Emergency Medicine.

It is not a coincidence that Elena “matched” into the Emergency Medicine residency program at NYU School of Medicine which also has a long history of helping the underserved including opening the first public hospital (Bellevue) in the nation. It also boasts a highly diverse population similar to South Florida’s.

Elena said she wants to be a culturally competent physician, something she learned at FIU and wants to hone throughout her career. She is a passionate Panther and student leader—over the past three years she led an initiative to create a student-run clinic for underserved patients at UHI CommunityCare Clinic in North Miami-Dade County, providing free services for children and adults.

In recognition of her leadership and dedication to community service, the 26-year-old received the HWCOM Outstanding Community Service Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

She is also an exceptionally talented student—she was her high school valedictorian; graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri, and placed in the top 10 percent of her class at the College of Medicine, where Elena was also inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

By Ileana Varela