Salena Ringenbach

Greetings! My name is Salena Ringenbach.  I grew up in Phoenixville, PA which is a suburb of Philadelphia.  At the University of Pittsburgh, I am majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry and a certificate in Global Health & Well-Being. After my graduation in December 2019, I plan to work in the hospital for a year to gain clinical experience as I prepare my applications for medical school.  I want to become an osteopathic physician (DO) and to specialize in primary care with a focus on global health. After earning my medical degree, I hope to work globally in the medical field, possibly with Doctors Without Borders, before I eventually open my own practice closer to home.  I chose to complete the certificate in Global Studies with a concentration in Health & Well-Being because I think it is a very interesting and valuable complement to my core courses and my career aspirations.   The Global Studies classes I have taken have enabled me to think about science and medicine from other perspectives which are not typically discussed in science classes at Western institutions.  I believe that my exposure to topics such as holistic care and different cultural conceptions of medicine will help me to be a better doctor for my patients in the future both in the US and abroad.


  • December 2019



  • December 2019



  • December 2019


    Global Health & Well-Being

  • May 2019

    Study Abroad

    Mussoorie, India

Co-Curricular Engagements

  • Pre-Health Summit Director

    Coalition of Pre-Health Students

    August 2018 - present

  • Student Coordinator

    Creative Empowerment for Youth

    August 2018 - present

  • Resident Assistant

    Litchfield Tower A


Awards and Achievements

  • January 2019
    Indian Nationality Room Scholarship
    Funded by the Indian Nationality Room Committee to study healthcare in India for 6 weeks
  • Fall 2018
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Inducted into this Honors Student Leadership Society
  • June 2016
    Chancellor's Scholarship
    Merit-based annual $10,000 scholarship towards tuition at the University of Pittsburgh