Julia Slater '06

Major: Classical Civilizations

Minors: Biology, Chemistry

Graduate degree: M.D. from Jefferson Medical College; General Surgery Residency, Medstar Union Memorial Hospital; Burn Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University; Plastic Surgery Fellowship, University of Kansas

What do you do for a living?

I am a board-certified General Surgeon with fellowship training in Burn Surgery and am currently completing my medical training with a Plastic Surgery fellowship at the University of Kansas. Working at the University of Kansas Hospital, I am learning the principles of Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery that I will utilize in the future as I pursue a career focused on the acute care and reconstruction of burn patients.

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

My Classics background provided me with a different perspective for approaching questions and problems at work and in life outside of the standard Scientific Method. The same techniques I learned for translating passages from Latin and Greek, help me to approach a patient's symptoms and determine a diagnosis and treatment plan. Not to mention that my understanding of the Latin and Greek languages has been extremely helpful with my ability to learn and understand the proper names of the anatomical structures of the human body.

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

My favorite classes at St. Mike's were definitely my Classics classes, probably because we were a smaller tight-knit community and were lucky to have such great mentorship from Dr. Begley, Dr. Begley, and Dr. Conley. One particular memory that stands out is having my Classics professors and classmates over to my 200s townhouse after class for a Greek dinner and learning to make Spanakopita.

Any advice for students at St. Mike's?

When you plan your college courses don't think only about what corresponds to your decided profession but also look for courses that incorporate your personal interests. I came to St. Mike's knowing I wanted to be a doctor and was set to pursue a Biology major, but I was so lucky to have been encouraged by my Organic Chemistry professor to pursue my passion for Latin and Classics right along side my necessary courses for medical school. So much of my time since graduating St. Mike's has been dedicated to learning the practice of medicine, but taking the time for Classics courses in college has provided me with assistance in my career and helped me to be a much more rounded individual.

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