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OHSU's class of 2017 dons white coats

Four of the new class members have Lake Oswego ties


Aubrey FrazzittaJoshua Buehler

Brandon LeiDerek RycewiczThere are four students with Lake Oswego ties amid the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine’s 132-student class of 2017.

The School of Medicine’s 126th class got cloaked on Aug. 16, an annual rite in which students don white coats while friends, family and faculty look on.

This fresh crop of future doctors who will be studying at the school atop Marquam Hill in Portland includes Joshua Buehler, Lakeridge High School and University of Oregon graduate; Aubrey Frazzitta, Lakeridge and Duke University graduate; Lake Oswego resident Brandon Lei, who graduated from Oregon Episcopal School in Portland and Grinnell College in Iowa; and Derek Rycewicz, who earned his diplomas at Lake Oswego High School and Portland State University.

Rycewicz, 28, pocketed a bachelor’s in general sciences with a minor in chemistry, and emergency care and surgery interest him. For the last year and a half, he was an emergency room medical scribe in Vancouver, Wash., taking care of doctors’ documentation. He currently lives in Portland on Marquam Hill, and married his wife, Brittany Kane, a Lakeridge gradutate, the day after the white coat ceremony. They tied the knot at her parents’ home near Lakeridge High School.

Rycewicz was still processing his status as an OHSU med student during his first week of classes last week.

“Right now, it’s like an overwhelming joy, something that I’ve thought about for six or seven years, and to finally accomplish my goal, it really feels good,” Rycewicz said.

Lei’s family moved to Lake Oswego when he was 9, and he has resettled here. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in psychology and music but discovered a love for science and pursued post-baccalaureate work at Portland State University. For about a year and a half he’s worked for Scribes STAT, a company that provides electronic medical records to physicians. Lei’s interest now lies in surgery.

“I love working with my hands,” said Lei, 24. “I love the challenge. I’ve spent some time at the (operating room), and I’ve really like the environment, so we’ll see how things go.”

Frazzitta, 23, double-majored in biology and visual arts, finding the time to volunteer at Duke Eye Center, trundling the art cart into the rooms of children about to have surgery, using creativity and color to cheer them. Frazzitta also has worked at Duke Medical Center in the division of infectious diseases.

Her volunteer work at an AIDS clinic in sub-Saharan Africa inspired her “to want to use research as a tool and help humankind improve treatment options both in the United States and abroad.”

What’s more, she has illustrated a children’s book, “Felicia, A Freckle Fairy Tale.” She lives just a few minutes from OHSU.

Buehler, 23, also resides near OHSU. He lived in Lake Oswego his whole life up until he went off to Eugene to become a Duck, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Buehler worked at prostate and ovarian cancer labs this summer at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

He said he would love to participate in Doctors Without Borders, having traveled to Kenya and Nicaragua and helped medical professionals administer care.

Buehler would like to be a clinical expert, possibly in the field of oncology.

“I’ve always been very interested in the human body, and using science to help people is something I’m passionate about, choosing a career in cutting-edge technology while being able to help people and make their lives easier,” Buehler said.



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