Every month, we’ll get to know one of the Student Tech Leads!

Petr Gaburak 

Class of 2025/ Everett 

My fiancée goes to WSU College of Medicine and is in the same year as me. 

What’s your pre-med school technology background?

During my undergraduate career at Washington State University, I had the opportunity to work in the Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center. This was the first time I was exposed to advanced technology in the STEM field. I worked on various types of microscopes, including a more recent development called the Volumescope. By using this instrument, our group was able to utilize the imaging data sets created to construct 3-D images of the biological samples. 

What’s your favorite app? 

Definitely Spotify! I listen to music everywhere I go and always need my tunes with me.  

What’s the best part about being a Student Tech Lead? 

The opportunity to be exposed to incredible technological advancements in healthcare. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience, where they are constantly pushing the bubble in healthcare technology to support and improve the quality of life for community members that are dealing with neurodegenerative disease. The tools range from Eye Gaze technology to VR Wheelchair simulators.

How do you plan to incorporate technology into your practice as a physician? 

Medicine is continuously evolving, and that is in part due to the integration of technology in patient care. As a physician it will become our duty to also be knowledgeable of various technological tools that may help diagnose, treat, and assist the patient in certain circumstances.

Aside from technology, what do you nerd out over? 

I enjoy watching shows such as Ancient Aliens or Conspiracy. It is fascinating and fun to see the researchers present information and clues, and then create stories from them.

What is your number 1 tech tip for med students or faculty?

If the device is acting strange and you are not in a situation to lose some work, restart it.

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