Graduate degree: Medical Doctor, University of Vermont College of Medicine
What do you do for a living?
I am a Fellow Physician in Cytopathology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. After completing medical school and residency, I am now in my final stages of medical training to be a pathologist and will start my career as an attending physician/pathologist in July. There are many aspects of pathology, but my main focus is anatomic pathology. I look at histologic preparations of tissue samples from patients via biopsies and surgical resections in order to make a diagnosis. If the diagnosis is malignant, I also grade and stage tumors. Based on this diagnosis, the clinical team will know how best to treat the patient.
How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?
Saint Michael's College definitely prepared me for my career as a pathologist! First, my classes at SMC prepared me very well for medical school. Secondly, I was able to get involved in a couple of research projects at SMC. This really helped prepare me to handle the research that is expected during medical school and residency.
What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?
All of the biology classes at SMC were excellent, so it is really hard to choose!! However, I especially enjoyed microbiology and genetics classes with Prof. Lippert.
Any advice for St. Mike's students?
My advice for incoming and current students is to get involved! Doing research projects at SMC was an excellent experience and I would highly recommended getting involved in this