Hello! I am Era Kryzhanovskaya, and I am an excited double Hoo. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to Charlottesville, VA in 1992. I have stayed in this glorious mini-city ever since, doing my undergraduate education at UVA (Anthropology major, Biology minor) and now continuing the Thomas Jefferson path for medical school. More specifically, after observing the work of local geriatricians, my grandmother's own experience in the medical world, and the growing need for senior care, I was excited about the prospect of pursuing geriatric primary care within the context of the Generalist Scholars Program. Since starting at UVA SOM, I am very enthusiastic about and thankful for the mentorship, education, and unique lens that GSP has offered. Finally, I hope to explore elderly patient activation (self-efficacy in health management), especially trying to tease out what demographics or issues have been noted to influence activation levels, for my senior thesis.