STEMM Idol: Jenna Decker

Students interested in the medical field have countless areas of study to choose from including family medicine, physical therapy, nutrition and more. On Tuesday, October 17, STEMM Idol Speaker Jenna Decker, a student at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, shared with Eagles her path to getting into the medical field.

Decker, a Catholic, was the former president of the Catholic Medical Association at Wright State University. She attended Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron prior to attending the Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree. Upon graduating from OSU in 2015, Decker said she applied to several medical schools and was excited about choosing Wright State.

“It has a community feel and it’s unique,” Decker shared. “I wanted to stay in Ohio and Wright State is community based, so we don’t just have one hospital, we rotate with seven or more.

“Wright State is really focused on community service and leadership in the community, which is important to me,” Decker continued. “I feel that was one of the factors, along with it being smaller and the sense of family, that made me happy with Wright State.”

During her presentation, Decker emphasized to the students that it was OK to not know the exact career path they may be interested in, as she continues to decide her area of interest.

“I still have a year left to decide on a field,” Decker said. “I think I’ll end up in neurology, but I still have a lot of clerkships left this year.”

Decker also enforced with students the need to build a strong college resume not only focused on test scores. She shared how while in high school, she was involved in several extra-curriculars including sports and clubs, and how she carried her interest in those activities into college.

Additionally, Decker reflected on how her faith will help guide where she goes in the future.

“It’s very unique to see the Catholic perspective of medicine,” Decker said. “Your faith makes you think how you want to practice because they don’t teach you that in med school.”

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at

Posted October 17, 2017