Article by: Alina Serbina

When Adrienne Fraczkowski was in high school, she knew that she would probably end up at the University of Delaware. Both of her parents went to UD and so did many of their family, friends and relatives. Additionally, UD offered a great combination of athletics and academics: Adrienne could competitively run cross-country, while also participating in undergraduate research.

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When accepted to UD, she was originally a Biology major and then switched to Exercise Science once she realized that she wanted to look at health from a preventative perspective. After taking a few nutrition courses during her sophomore year, she fell in love with nutrition and declared a double major in Nutritional and Medical Sciences/Nutrition and Dietetics. Since then, she has been very passionate about her coursework. Her favorite part of the major was a two-part class that she took during her senior year with Andrea Grim called Medical Nutrition Therapy (NTDT 450/451). Adrienne said, “She did a great job of wrapping up all that we had learned about nutrition and relating it to practical ways to help patients.” Another favorite of hers was NTDT 201: Food Concepts, because it taught her the scientific basis of cooking, which has been a hobby of hers for years.

Outside the classroom, Adrienne worked as a research assistant with nutrition faculty member Dr. Carly Pacanowski, examining the psychological and physiological side of weight control. “Obesity affects a third of the adults in the United States, so finding safe weight control methods are extremely important,” Adrienne pointed out. Adrienne was a part of the Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Program and presented her research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2017. She loved being able to work on solutions for pressing health care issues and hopes to bring that knowledge into whatever medical specialty she enters.

In Fall 2019, Adrienne started at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in their doctor of osteopathic medicine program. She choose PCOM because of their overall philosophy about health. “Osteopathic physicians view the person as a whole, taking into consideration their mental, physical, and spiritual health. I felt that this matched my desire to pursue preventative medicine and treat diseases with lifestyle interventions. PCOM specifically has a new elective that teaches medical students about the importance of nutrition in their practice.” She also hopes to specialize in some form of surgery, perhaps bariatric surgery due to her nutrition background and great mentorship in the field of weight management.