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Rachel Peragallo Urrutia, MD
David Grimes and Joanne Garrett have been the absolute most important people who have launched me on my current career track of public health research among underserved women. The provided the triple threat of epidemiologic expertise, wide connections in the field and personal concern about my well-being. I did not even know that public health practice was a career path and knowing about David's path prompted me to start a preventive medicine training. This is the perfect combination of clinical work, research and population health for me. UNC was a wonderful environment as well. There were literally too many possible mentors for me to take advantage of in the fields of prevention and women's health. In prior training environments, I had struggled to find one. In addition, there is a fairly laid back vibe despite amazing credentials and accomplishments which allowed me to thrive. The focus on underserved populations that is part of UNC's mission is another advantage.