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    Dextrocardia Podcast Episode 5: Gloria Torres Ayala

    Posted by Scott Harrah
    Oct 27, 2020 5:00:00 AM

    The fifth episode of the UMHS podcast, Dextrocardia, hosted by second-year UMHS medical student Nihal Satyadev, debuts Tuesday, October 27, 2020. UMHS student and histology teaching assistant (TA) Gloria Torres Ayala is interviewed.

    In this episode, Nihal talks to Gloria Torres Ayala about her experiences as a histology TA. Histology can be one of the most challenging courses for a student in medical school. Gloria Torres explains helpful tips for excelling in this subject, including how to develop image recognitions skills that can also be applied later on to classes such as physiology and pathology. 

    Gloria is from Puerto Rico and is currently studying at the University of Medicine and Health and Sciences in St. Kitts. She worked as a histology TA during the spring 2020 semester. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus. She continued her postgraduate studies in Cytotechnology at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. Before starting medical school, Gloria worked as a cytotechnologist— a medical technician trained in the identification of cells and cellular abnormalities—for two years at HRP Labs, examining body samples, detecting pre-cancerous cells, malignant cells and infectious conditions.

    She spends her free time with family and friends, traveling, exploring the outdoors and working out. She also enjoys participating and helping out in the activities of the Fundación Huntington Puerto Rico.


    Dextrocardia features interviews with fellow medical students, medical school faculty, and medical practitioners on everything from how to succeed in medical school, to fighting racial inequality in medicine and how medical students are working in the BLM movement.

    Episodes are released every other Tuesday. Dextrocardia is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify and Podbean.

    Subscribe to Dextrocardia below:

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    (Top photo): UMHS student Gloria Torres Ayala, interviewed on Dextrocardia Podcast Episode 5. Photo: Courtesy of Ms. Ayala.


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    Posted by Scott Harrah

    Scott is Director of Digital Content at UMHS and editor of the UMHS Endeavour blog. When he's not writing about UMHS students, faculty, events, public health, alumni and UMHS research, he writes and edits Broadway theater reviews for a website he publishes in New York City,

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