Sabrina Brunozzi, Old Forge, PA

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sabrina Brunozzi can say — almost without qualification — that she grew up in a hospital. As the daughter of a critical care pediatric nurse, Sabrina frequently accompanied her mother to her job in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. “I made packets for the new moms and I got to see my mother care for patients,” Sabrina said. “She was so involved and found such meaning in her work. It’s so rewarding to me now to have the chance to rotate through the same hospital where I learned to love medicine.” 
 
Medicine, in one form or another, was always an interest for Sabrina. “When I was young, I wanted to be a veterinarian,” she said, “But I also had the chance to shadow several local doctors when I was a student at Old Forge High School.” 
 
When it came time for college, Sabrina knew she wanted to study medicine and become an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN). That resolve strengthened during her studies at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “In Philly, I was immersed in the healthcare environment and became very involved in women’s health. I volunteered at Action AIDS (now Action Wellness), a nonprofit committed to helping people living with chronic diseases. That made me appreciate having some continuity with my future patients, so I like that OB/GYN is a mix of primary care and surgery. It suits me because I enjoy being in varied settings – I like labor and delivery, the office and the operating room. My third-year rotations are coming up, so I’ll keep an open mind, but I’m pretty sure of what I want.” 
 
Now, as a member of the Class of 2019 at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Sabrina already has research in the OB/GYN field on her resume. She assisted Dr. Brian Wilcox with a quality improvement study regarding the use of prophylactic antibiotics in gynecological surgery. The study is ongoing and is delivering valuable information local doctors can use to achieve better outcomes. The opportunity to work so closely with a physician researcher was an important – but not the only – factor in Sabrina’s decision to choose Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. “My whole family is here and they aren’t moving, so I was excited that I could stay here. I like that I can treat my friends in the future and I especially like the idea of giving back.”