Aileen Larson is a 3rd year osteopathic medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU) in Yakima, Washington. She is currently completing her core rotations in Portland, Oregon and is very interested in pediatric surgery and otolaryngology. Aileen grew up in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Aileen and her husband met in college and moved to Portland, Oregon before she attended medical school. Although she was raised in Connecticut, the culture, mentality and natural beauty made her fall in love with the Pacific Northwest.
In high school, as an Emergency Medical Technician for Newtown Ambulance Corps in Newtown, Connecticut, Aileen learned the importance of teamwork and volunteering for her local community. This opportunity motivated her to follow a career path in medicine. In undergrad, Aileen also had the privilege of participating on several international medical trips to Central America and Nepal. These trips inspired her to practice medicine abroad in the future. Before attending medical school, Aileen worked as a Cardiopulmonary Technician for The Portland Clinic LLP and a Medical Assistant for ZoomCare in Portland, Oregon.
As a medical student, Aileen started PNWU’s Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Medical School Chapter and served as the National Liaison. She was also the Co-President of PNWU’s Surgery Club, Vice President of PNWU’s Global Health Club and the Campus Liaison for a local non-profit, Pacific Northwest Surgical Outreach. During her time in Yakima, she volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission outpatient medical clinic with an otolaryngologist. Currently, Aileen holds two leadership positions, one as the PNWU Student Representative for the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon and the second as the West Region Representative for the AWS National Medical Student Committee. Aileen is the first D.O. student to be appointed to the AWS National Medical Student Committee and is excited to be a part of such an inspiring organization and further the mission of AWS.