Cathleen Rueckeis, MDBoise Program
Class of 2026
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Cath is from Berlin, Germany, where she lived until age 18. She then made a leap across the pond to study in her mother’s home state, North Carolina. There, she completed a degree in quantitative biology and spent many years delving into the molecular underpinnings of trauma in a captivating research lab. Afterwards, she stayed on at UNC for medical school.
Growing up at the intersection of German and American cultures, Cath is fascinated by global diversity. She loves to travel, and spent a semester abroad in Singapore during her undergraduate, exploring around Southeast Asia. During medical school, her curiosity expanded into foreign health care systems and global health needs. She participated in medical work in Honduras and Bolivia, developing a growing passion for low-resource medicine in rural settings.
Outside of medicine, Cath loves to be outdoors, whether trail running, biking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, or playing in the snow with her partner, Patrick. She will never say no to an activity outside! At Boise, she is excited to explore low-resource medicine in rural and wilderness settings, as well as get to know the beauty and people of Idaho and the Northwestern US.