CPM Pre-med of the Month

Being a "pre-medical" student is full of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.  The members and leadership of the WSU Campuswide Pre-medical Mentoring (CPM) Program would like to celebrate your achievements for keeping your determination in working toward your ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.  We believe it is important to recognize the drive and stories of our future physicians.  If you know a CPM pre-med student that should be nominated for "CPM Pre-med of the Month," please consider filling out the form below.

If chosen, students will be featured on the CPM website, Facebook, and Twitter platforms, as well as giving them an additional achievement to add to their CV.

Please feel free to nominate yourself, as long as it done only once.

CPM Pre-med of the Month Nomination Form


Meet the CPM Pre-Med of the Month

Picture of the Pre-Med of the Month

Congratulations to the CPM January Pre-Med of the Month, Richelle Cotter!

Richelle is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. Richelle is very active within Wayne State University, even outside of academics, as she is on the Women's track and field team, a general member of MAPS, and a member of MedLife. 

She is very interested in pursuing a career in neurology. Her combined interest in neurology and her athletic background led her to want to work in sports medicine to treat and assist in head trauma, headaches, CTE's and concussions.

When asked why Richelle was interested in going to medical school, she was quoted:

"Ever since I was a little kid, I've been fascinated with the field of medicine, which lead to my path to wanting to go to medical school. My interest in neurology began after I watched my grandma decline after her first stroke as she struggled with neurodegenerative disease. Experiencing this along her side made me realize how interesting and unique the nervous system is."

Learn some more fun facts about Richelle below:

-What hobby would you get into if time and money were not an issue?

If time and money weren't an issue, a hobby I would get into is art and painting. During quarantine, I picked up acrylic painting and making little crafts to make extra money and it was something that I genuinely enjoyed and was good at. Now with school, athletics, and working, I don't have the time to really do it anymore.

-If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

If I could turn anything into an Olympic sport and win a medal at it, it would be running up the stairs from the basement after I turn off the lights. Even at this age I still get scared of the dark in my basement.

-What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I think the most interesting adventure to go on would be to visit Bacalar Lagoon, Mexico. It's a beautiful freshwater lagoon in southern Mexico known for having seven different shades of water and beautiful wildlife and ecosystem.

-What do you wish you knew more about?

One thing I wish that I knew more about would be finances; stocks, investments, high-yield interest accounts, etc. I believe this is one of the best ways to achieve financial freedom.

-During your time off, what is your go-to activity?

During my time off, my go-to activity is working out. Working out is a way to relieve any stress I have and to keep me occupied.