Kayleigh Kaneshiro | Neuroscience

From: Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA; Current: Philadelphia, PA

Pomona Days: Class of 2010 | Neuroscience

Current Employment: Chief Resident at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Past Employment & Graduate School:

  • Intern in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City
  • Medical School at UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • IRTA fellow at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland


Make the most of your experience at Pomona! You have every resource available to you and endless opportunities to make lifelong friendships and to build a strong foundation for your future career. 

I knew pretty early on that I wanted to go to medical school, so I tailored my classes and extracurricular activities (getting involved in translational research projects, volunteering at local hospitals) towards that. I also made sure to get involved on campus in other ways including student government and mentoring programs. 

I applied to medical school straight out of college but also applied to various research opportunities, and after receiving the IRTA fellowship at the NIH, I made the decision to defer my admissions to UCI for a year, a decision I highly encourage you to consider as it gave me some time to experience life outside of academia. The road to becoming a physician is rigorous; you won't regret taking a year or two for yourself. That being said, I love what I do and find my career to be very rewarding and challenging. 

Feel free to reach out to me if you're interested in healthcare. While I've taken a more traditional route to medicine, I have many friends who've had other careers prior to medical school, so if you decide medicine is right for you, congratulations and welcome to the team!