This is my real.
I see change beyond the stratosphere.
Brent Monseur, (M.D. ’16)
Obstetrics and gynecology resident physician and reproductive biologist
I’m going to change a world — whether it’s Earth or Mars is just a matter of time. VCU was a great place I could combine my childhood loves of space and medicine. A clerkship at NASA helped me find a way to fuse the two, and now I hope to specialize in fertility medicine as it relates to astronauts. My name is Brent Monseur, and thinking beyond the stratosphere is how I challenge the norm. VCU is where I make it real.
I’d always wanted to study medicine in an urban environment. VCU’s location in downtown Richmond and the diverse patient population were great for my needs. And when I looked to the stars and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came from NASA, everyone was supportive. Even if what I’m doing seemed crazy to them, everyone encouraged me to achieve.
The faculty and students of the VCU School of Medicine were supportive beyond just my academic needs. They helped me make sure that I could work at nonprofits around the city and help those who might not have such easy access to health care, without interfering with my education. This was key because I want to help as many people as I can to be well.