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Class of 2024 Graduate Profile: Tori Cartwright

March 20, 2024
Class of 2024 graduate Tori Cartwright

Tori Cartwright, who will soon be graduating with the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine's Class of 2024, is originally from the Toledo area although she moved frequently and attended middle and high school in Maumee, Ohio. She earned an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from The Ohio State University and a master's from the University of Toledo.

Q: What was your childhood like and who were your inspirations? Was there anything critical that happened that brought you to this point in life?

Tori Cartwright: My childhood was busy. I was always doing something, from school to gymnastics to camping with my family; we never had a dull moment. 

I would say my aunt and my mom are my biggest inspirations. While neither are physicians, both are nurses and introduced me to medicine aspects in some way. However, I would say Dr. Shawn Kerger is one of the greatest contributors to where I am today. If it weren’t for him, I would’ve never learned about osteopathic medicine and fallen in love with OMM. That really set the trajectory for coming to HCOM, working as an OMM OPCA, and part of the reason I’m so excited to soon be a family medicine resident here in Athens.

What led you to medical school?

I always wanted to become a physician. Not really sure why, but I remember having a little briefcase with pretend medical supplies. The foundational knowledge from undergrad and my masters just further solidified that this was the path meant for me. 

What was the most impactful experience you had while in medical school?

I think having my daughter during my OPCA year would be the most impactful experience. Not only is motherhood an insanely amazing thing, but it has really helped me become more empathetic and understanding of my patients. I never realized how much more I could connect with them. 

What was the most important lesson you learned while in medical school?

I think the most important lesson I have learned is that it is okay to ask for help, in any capacity. It is to easy to think that you are the only one going through something or thinking a certain way, and that isn't the case. 

What are you most excited about for your future?

I am so excited for residency! I will be a family medicine resident here in Athens at O'Bleness. I am eager to immerse myself more in this community, grow my family and continue to grow into the role I've been working so hard for. 

Who has helped you along the way? Is there anyone you want to recognize?

So many people. My family, my husband, my fellow OPCAs and med school besties. I wouldn't be where I am today without their support and encouragement. 

How do you like to spend your free time?

My husband and I love hiking and camping with our 1 year old daughter and our dog. I am also very big into reading and homemaking everything from yogurt to sourdough bread!