Marley Burns


1. How do you manage to stay balanced and healthy in spite of the busy med school schedule?

As a distance runner, I have the mentality that med school is a marathon, not a sprint. We’re all in this for the long haul, and I’ve learned that it’s really important to find ways to de-stress and re-charge on a regular basis. For me, that means going for a run, catching up with friends from home, trying out a new recipe, taking the dog on a walk, etc.

2. Why do you want to become an advocate and what three qualities will you bring to the job?

I’d love to represent our awesome class to the new MS1s! I especially want to help plan the lake weekend, orientation, and other early events, since I think those first few weeks of med school really help to establish the social side of UNC. I enjoy organizing, planning, and sharing advice, and I’m also a stellar email responder and will make myself available to MS1s throughout the year.

3. What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to an MS1 at the beginning of the year?

Don’t cry over OneNote! I promise it gets easier and then you’ll love it. (Here, let me show you instead of just rushing through a video and leaving you feeling overwhelmed.)

4. What is your favorite artery, organ, or nerve; and why?

Pancreas – because everyone knows not to mess with it

5. Tell us your favorite joke (PG-13 max, please). Your answer may exceed 1 sentence.

If I were an enzyme I’d be helicase so I could unzip your genes.

6. If you could have any super power, what would it be? What would you have people call you?

Ability to apparate! Not sure, really lucky?!