Brittany D.K. Gratreak

Brittany Gratreak is pictured in a white coat, black hat, and colorful pink scarf. She has short brown hair and is smiling at the camera with a happy, determined expression. She has a stethoscope around her neck.

Student Division Region 8 Director

Britt Gratreak (she/her) is an MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. She is a first year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Kristian Doyle, where she researches the immunology of long-term stroke recovery. She completed her associate degree at Portland Community College and transferred to Portland State University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology and honors research thesis studying extremophile virology in the laboratory of Dr. Kenneth Stedman in Portland, Oregon. She identifies as disabled, queer, and a classic cat lady.

She is dedicated to mentoring fellow nontraditional and disabled students and strives for more equitable admissions practices in medical school. She hopes that one day, disabled premedical students will never be made to doubt whether they can go to medical school due to their disability, and will instead feel supported and encouraged by the profession to become physicians. (After all, we are simply better at being physicians) She has been in awe of AMWA since she was a premedical student, encouraged by medical students and doctors in AMWA, and she is eager to pay it forward and uplift others through AMWA leadership.

As a medical student in Region 8, Britt’s passion for equity helped to drive extensive student-led action and research to increase LGBTQIA+ representation in the medical curriculum through UACOM-T MedPride. While president of the UACOM-T AMWA branch, the team devoted their year of leadership to raising awareness about how many layers of state legislation directly prevent reproductive healthcare access in Arizona and creating conversations on campus between students and professors of the local law school and medical school.

“I am a super laid-back person and I sincerely promise I’m not scary! Please reach out to me if you would like to chat about anything or you need help on any part of your journey in medicine or research. Premedical students are especially encouraged to reach out to me via email or Twitter for guidance or just someone to talk to.”

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