Radiation Oncology, Providence Sacred Heart & Oregon Health & Science University
I am from Spokane, WA and grew up loving its seasonal weather and skiing on its slopes whenever I had the chance. My love for adventure and challenges led me to fly my first plane solo at age 16 and compete to become Miss Spokane Teen USA 2013. I left the Pacific Northwest for sunny California to attend UC Berkeley for college and graduated a year early before returning home to start an MBA at Gonzaga University, where I obtained a lifetime high GRE scholarship. When I wasn’t in class, I worked as a medical scribe and EMT to immerse myself in the medical field and prepare for its demands. Currently, when I have pockets of free time, I enjoy chess, tennis, golf, and traveling.
My medical school journey
The commitment to serving my home population and the school’s constant innovative and growth mindset are what first drew me to WSU Medicine. I was honored to have been the first student accepted into the WSU Medicine Class of 2022, and I have loved every day of my education as a student Coug Doc. In turn, I have taken every chance to embody the school’s mission. As an advocate, I have been heavily involved in student government and served as a national representative for the school. I’ve complemented these efforts with local and global volunteering, while also serving as a mentor for other students and contributing to multiple student interest groups. Channeling this same dedication into research, I have earned eight publications and multiple conference presentations.
Overall, I am grateful to have attended all four years of medical school in the community where I hope to practice and serve in the future, and I appreciate my WSU faculty, staff, and peers who have created this unique educational culture,” says Kaya.
Hopes & Aspirations
I plan to return to Washington after residency, continue advancing the field of oncology, and support WSU Medicine and the future generations of Coug Docs as a practicing clinician and researcher.