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Leslie Goldberg

Leslie Goldberg

M.D. / PH.D. Student

As a teenager, Leslie Goldberg suffered from chronic back pain.

Two spinal surgeries and years of doctors’ appointments sparked her interest in science and medicine. Today she is on a path that will lead to a career in academic medicine where she can have an impact on tomorrow’s breakthroughs.

“I became really interested in developing technologies and learning about not only what treatments were available, but also what is in the trial phase,” she says. Excited to be a Gator, the 23-year-old is enrolled in the UF College of Medicine’s M.D. /Ph.D. program with an interest in bioengineering and implantable medical devices.

I became really interested in developing technologies and learning about not only what treatments were available, but also what is in the trial phase.

Leslie appreciates that the College of Medicine begins developing students’ clinical skills early in their training. At the Harrell Professional Development and Assessment Center, Leslie practices on standardized patients — actors trained to portray patient symptoms and behaviors. “UF provides a great breadth and depth of scientific and clinical training,” says Leslie. “Additionally, the faculty is incredibly supportive and approachable.”