Nick Rintala

Internal Medicine – Preliminary, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

About Me

I grew up in Issaquah, Washington, in the foothills of the Cascade Range. Growing up I balanced a love of reading with a passion for the outdoors, especially hiking, snowboarding, and climbing mountains. In college, I studied microbiology and global health, which led me into a brief career in preclinical vaccine development.

My medical school journey

I entered medical school with a strong desire to work in communities that are chronically medically-underserved. During my journey as a medical student, I became more aware not only of the health disparities that exist in Washington, but why these disparities exist and what physicians can do to combat them. At the same time, my experiences in research have given me a scientific appreciation for the health of individuals and populations. By combining the stories of those I have met with a growing understanding of medicine, I have begun to develop a comprehensive approach to patient care—one that is relevant across settings and specialties.

Hopes & Aspirations

I hope to work in a small town, where I can provide comprehensive care in my specialty.

I am seeking a career that spans both outpatient and inpatient settings, with a patient population whose stories I can learn and appreciate over the long-term,” says Rintala.

I also aspire to continue in research and, of course, to teach medical students, allowing future cohorts to have a wealth of diverse patient-care experiences.