Rochester, Minn.- María Emma Torres of Limestone County, AL graduated with Doctor of Medicine from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in a commencement ceremony for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, held on May 18, 2019.
While at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Torres elected to be in the inaugural class of the 2+2 program, which allows students to complete the first two years in Rochester, MN and the final two years of medical school at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Florida. She has served on the Medical School Admissions Committee, the Academic Affairs Executive Committee, and the Independent Student Analysis Task Force for the LCME re-accreditation process for the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Torres was the recipient of competitive grants from the American Hematological Society and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to initiate her proposed research study on BMT Quality of Life. Her research work has been recognized nationally at the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meetings. Her final manuscript was published in Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy last fall.
A 2011 graduate of East Limestone High School, Athens, AL, Torres is the daughter of Pablo David and Maria Ivette Torres, Puerto Rico. Torres and her three brothers were raised by Puerto Rican parents who immigrated to Alabama in the 1980s, when her father was recruited to work at NASA. Growing up, Torres was involved in ballet, gymnastics, soccer,
basketball and cross-country. She took piano lessons for over 15 years and was named drum major of the East Limestone High School Marching Band for three years. Torres graduated valedictorian from East Limestone High School, Athens, AL at the age of 16. She then attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and graduated summa cum laude in 2015 with a double major in chemistry and biology, with a minor in Spanish. During her time at UAH she participated in a variety of experiences including two summer internships at NASA, a pre-med program at Duke University School of Medicine, and a cancer research fellowship at NIH. In addition to her academic endeavors, Torres has had a longstanding commitment to service and activism in particular as it relates to community outreach. In August 2013 she founded and became president of the Hispanic Student Organization at UAH. As president, she led two student-organized recruitment trips to Puerto Rico, during which members of the Hispanic Student Organization traveled to several high schools to motivate students to pursue a college education.
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is a top-10 national medical school with four-year medical degree programs in Rochester and Arizona. The school also offers a two-plus-two program option, enabling students to complete their first two years of medical studies in Arizona or Minnesota, and their final two years of learning in Florida.
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