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Rae Oetting, VG22


Hello! I’m Rae Oetting. I started my college career at Eckerd, where I spent three years studying biology with a focus on coastal and marine ecosystems, with a little bit of art and Arabic language sprinkled in. I also managed to study abroad in Spain and Honduras. In 2017 I started working in wilderness emergency medicine, and transferred back home to CU Boulder where I finished my ecology degree with a minor in Public Health. Before graduating in 2019, I managed to squeeze in one more study abroad trip to Ecuador, where I lived in the Amazon with a local tribe, who inspired me to unite my interests in human and environmental health, indigenous medicine, and the history of medicine. Of course, I had to spend some time hanging out in the Galapagos too. Ultimately, I aspire to be a Spanish-speaking physician that emphasizes the OneHealth approach for equitable, sustainable, culturally sensitive medicine in disadvantaged communities. While I first learned about the OneHealth philosophy at Eckerd, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore the animal health side of the equation, and I am beyond excited for my time at Tufts to help round out my passions. In all of my free time, I can be found hiking and camping, making music and art, riding horses, and hanging out with my little Pomeranian-Cattle dog, Cadence.