Molly Goltz

Molly Goltz wants to be an osteopathic family physician. When she isn't studying she enjoys playing basketball, hanging out with friends, and exploring new places in Ames.

Molly's classes prepare her for medical school

Molly never questioned her decision to enter the medical field. She became interested after job shadowing, but didn’t quite know which area. Her interest in the human body and the science behind how it works led her to kinesiology at Iowa State.

“My kinesiology classes sealed the deal for me,” she said. “The more I learned about the human body and the way it works, the more I loved the field of medicine.”

Two classes in particular helped Molly solidify her decision. As a sophomore she took exercise psychology, KIN 366 and the following semester, physiology of sport and exercise, KIN 358.

KIN 366 taught Molly about how people think when they exercise and how it impacts their performance. On the other hand, KIN 358 looked at exercise through a cellular level, explaining how the body responds to exercise and other factors.

Along with her courses, Molly’s involvement in clubs has helped her prepare for medical school. Each club brings in different speakers and offers a chance to meet mentors in the field. Molly used these connections to learn about the requirements for medical school and the “do’s and don’ts” when applying.

Now, as a junior, Molly feels ready to apply for medical school. She intends to pursue a career as an osteopathic family physician, but says there are several other career opportunities for kinesiology majors.

“Don’t just pick one path at first and think you’ll only do that,” she said. “There’s a lot of different options to choose from and it can change easily.”