My name is Thapelo Vundhla and I am the Anatomy teaching assistant for the Summer 2016 MD1 class. One of my biggest motivations for coming to Washington University of Health and Science is to be a positive influence to society in general. I was born in Zimbabwe and now live in Calgary, Alberta. Zimbabwe has challenges with infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS & TB; and with pockets of polio reemerging around the world, the threat of epidemic outbreaks in Zimbabwe still exists. My goal is to positively impact the way we (frontline healthcare workers, administrators, policymakers) deal with emerging and reemerging diseases in the world.

I graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario with a BA in Psychology and also took self directed non-degree General Studies in molecular biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia where I gained greater appreciation for the science and research behind medical advancements. The exposure to basic and applied research at UBC from interacting with research associates and post-doctoral fellows will be helpful in assisting my classmates and future physicians as a teaching assistant in Anatomy.