Sara Collins graduated from Purdue University with a BA in English Education and taught high school English for several years before she and her husband relocated to England. They lived in London and Oxford for four years, during which time Sara worked for the University of Oxford and earned her MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Her thesis, “A Phenomenological Analysis of Professional Identity Development and the Medical Student Experience,” was awarded distinction. She has held positions at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
In addition to conducting qualitative, phenomenological research on the professional identity development of medical students, she is interested in the social construct of space, broadening the inclusivity of accepted professionalism standards, intersectionality, and the self-expression of underrepresented medical students.