Jann Gael, OMS-IV is a medical school student at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest. Born in Amarillo, TX, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Biology before spending several years working at the university as an embryology research assistant. During his time in research, Gael invested his efforts towards fully characterizing fundamental physiological processes necessary for proper human development in the hopes of elucidating mechanisms that could be used to create treatments for congenital disease. Currently, in his role as a medical student, Gael believes that diligence, integrity, and a love of learning will allow him to best serve and support his future patients and peers. Focusing on the flexibility needed to view problems from different perspectives, he holds these values as essential in creating a robust and reliable foundation for treatment plans that can best address a patient’s needs.
Medicine offers the perfect venue in which deductive reasoning and a natural curiosity can be used to affect and improve the lives of others more directly. Passionate about the field of Pathology, Gael was drawn to the challenge of finding connections between vast amounts of information, the openness to collaboration needed to address a problem from multiple angles, and the critical thinking skills required to be successful in these endeavors.
Alongside his love of science, Gael indulges in his passion for fine arts. Music has always played an instrumental part in Gael’s life, even more so now in the face of COVID. In his spare time, he enjoys performing lullabies on the piano, singing (poorly but enthusiastically) to songs from the last musical he’s seen, or listening to music livestreams as he sketches and writes on his weekend evenings.
Tune in to learn more about Gael’s path to Osteopathic medicine, passion for working with others, and his experiences navigating life and medicine as a transgender medical student.