Tutor Spotlight: Wilson Sui – Med School Tutors

  • /Reviewed by: Amy Rontal, MD
  • As you can most likely tell from Wilson Sui’s picture, he is one of the most warm, kind, patient and caring people you will ever meet. (Pretty ideal both for being a physician AND a tutor, no?)

    Wilson combines these qualities with an incredibly thorough approach as a mentor and tutor. What we sincerely appreciate about Wilson (and many of our tutors in general!) is their ability to create an environment in which you are challenged to keep finding your highest potential, but also secure enough to fail safely and admit when you don’t know something.

    As with all of our tutors, we could sing Wilson’s praises all day. For now, here’s more from the man himself:

    Where do you go to medical school?

    Columbia-Bassett program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Where are you doing your residency and in what specialty?

    I’m hoping to pursue a career in Urology and will be applying to residency programs this fall!

    Do you do any research?

    Yes, I’m actually currently in my research year in the Department of Urology at Columbia. I’ve been having a great time with a clinical trial investigating a novel therapy for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Otherwise I focus on clinical outcomes with a special interest in epidemiology. Otherwise, as apart of the Bassett program we organized several process improvement projects throughout our preclinical and clinical years and participating in that research has been an amazing experience as well.

    What brought you to Med School Tutors? Why did you choose to be a tutor?

    A friend told me about MST and how awesome it was to be a tutor there so I applied at the beginning of my research year. I’ve been a passionate teacher for years. I first seriously became interested in teaching in high school when I went to the Pennsylvania Governor’s school for teaching summer program which evolved in college and beyond. I enjoy continuing to hone my craft and find it a very rewarding experience to work with students from all backgrounds.

    What is one piece of advice you would give to students as they are finishing interview season?

    Medical school interviews are a great excuse to travel to unexpected places! The only advice I have is to enjoy the experience and to remember that there are really no bad choices.

    What is your favorite thing to eat?

    Too many to choose from. In Cooperstown one of our favorite places was the Ommegang Brewery where they had fantastic food. Otherwise the best food I’ve eaten definitely has to be night market food in Taiwan (stinky tofu!).

    What is the most exciting place you have ever traveled?

    It may not be the most exciting but Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The most exciting has to be Taiwan because I have a decent amount of family there so it’s always nice to see them and the food is amazing (see above).

    If you weren’t a doctor, what would you do?

    I dabbled in computer programming/robotics in high school and economics in college. I’d probably have gone into either of those disciplines, though the Columbia-Basset program and my current research position have allowed me to explore both as well!

    What do you like to do outside of medicine?

    During the fall, I spend most Sunday afternoons agonizing over the Philadelphia Eagles although now that we’re off Chip Kelly’s wild ride it might be a bit more predictable. Otherwise I play Frisbee, read science fiction and do some amateur soap making on the side (no terrible chemistry accidents yet!). My fiancé and I are getting married this spring so at this point wedding planning is sort of a hobby based on the amount of time that we’ve spent on it (does it really matter who sits to the left of my 3rd cousin?).