Meet Julia Ruby
Name: Julia Ruby
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Interests: Pediatrics, team-based medicine, narrative medicine, food systems, sustainability, playing violin
First-year medical student, Julia Ruby, is a jack-of-all-trades. Not only has the enterprising student earned an undergraduate degree in biology and creative writing from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, she’s worked as a barista in Copenhagen, Denmark, taught sustainable gardening to grade school students, learned the basics of organic farming at Ayers Creek Organic Farm in Gaston, Ore., job shadowed at El Ministerio de Salud, La Clinica en Santa Marta, El Salvador and served as an HIV Outreach Volunteer supporting a syringe exchange program and counseling patients one-on-one for HIV and other STIs. As an Americorps member in San Francisco, Calif., Julia also worked in outreach, counseling and administration at The Women’s Community Clinic, which serves uninsured women in San Francisco’s Western Addition.
It was the experience of shadowing Nicholas Gideonse, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, at the OHSU Richmond Clinic, that opened Julia’s eyes to “how rewarding and effective team-based medicine can be.” Not only does she look forward to practicing medicine in a strong team environment, Jay hopes to grow her career in her home community. She said, “I want to take the skills I have learned in college and beyond and apply them to the state that nurtured me into the person I am today.”