2018 Distinguished Alumna
Monica Corsetti, M.D.
Monica Corsetti participated in the 2006 Future City Pittsburgh Competition with Springdale Jr.-Sr. High School, supported by educator Sue Mellon.
Monica was awarded a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with honors from the Schreyer Honors College, and earned her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine in 2018.
During her undergrad at Penn State, she was engaged in research with the bioengineering department through a grant from the American Heart Association. Her research focused on creating and testing a mechanical setup to examine the effects of shear stress on von Willebrand Factor – a clotting molecule commonly damaged in artificial hearts and ventricular assist devices. She received the Outstanding Senior Thesis Award from the Bioengineering Department in 2014 and won Second Place in Engineering at the 2014 Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition.
In college and medical school, Monica found time to share her talents as a volunteer: tutoring medical students and high school math, mentoring, and helping community outreach groups.
She currently serves as an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Monica Reflects on her Future City Experience:
“Participating in Future City helped put me on the path to my career in medicine. While participating in Future City at Springdale High School, I began to develop an understanding of engineering as problem solving using critical reasoning. While trying to answer questions like, “how will we get our energy?" and then more complex questions such as, “how do we transport energy from power plants to facilities?” and “what materials do we have available to make our facilities?” I developed a passion for problem solving. I wanted to take math, science, and other STEM knowledge and put it to real life use; thus, my interest in engineering was born. Future City was one of the first things to teach me that you never approach a problem from just one angle – often a seemingly simple question or concept can have layers of complexity, and different people may have different goals or solutions for the same problem. Perhaps most importantly, Future City emphasized that teamwork is essential to solving problems effectively, whether that be designing a building, assembling an engine or even treating a patient. I still use the concepts emphasized in Future City in my work as a physician. When I see a patient in the emergency department, myself, other physicians, nurses, staff and the patient are all on a team. We all use critical reasoning skills to design and implement a treatment plan that utilizes existing resources safely, efficiently and effectively to create a great outcome for the patient.”