Nicole Ruske, daughter of Chris and Laurie Ruske of Grand Lake, graduated from medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York on May 29.
Nicole attended high school at Middle Park, graduating in 2004 and moving on to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. There, she earned a bachelor of science degree in biology, chemistry, and theater performance. Nicole was the recipient of the Oakley Biology Scholarship and received awards as Outstanding Senior in both Biology and Theatre Performance. In addition, she earned the President’s Cup, which is awarded to one senior girl for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.
While in medical school at Albert Einstein, Nicole served on the boards of the school chapters of the Pediatrics Interest Group, American Medical Women’s Association, and MSFC. Nicole helped organize ski trips and skit nights, and gave tours to applicants and alumni with the Admissions Department. She was asked to join a hospital-wide committee dedicated to Population Health and Preventative Medicine and volunteered with the school’s free clinic. She became involved in complementary alternative medicine such as shiatsu, meditation, and acupuncture. Nicole also became active in Global Health. She traveled to Ecuador to work with indigenous tribes in the Amazon jungle for a month and worked at a rural hospital in Uganda for two months. In addition, she extended her medical school training to spend a year in rural El Salvador, practicing Spanish and working in a local clinic. Upon graduation, Nicole received a Global Health Award, an American Medical Women’s Association Preventative Health award, and received a research certificate in Global Health.
Nicole will continue her education with residency training at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise. She hopes to be a full-scope family doctor — delivering babies, caring for children and adults, and performing a variety of procedures. She plans to practice in a rural location, and looks forward to being a small town doctor.