Health Professions Advising at Franklin & Marshall, a division of the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development, serves F&M students and alumni who are considering careers as healthcare providers. “Pre-health” students are headed toward medical, dental, and veterinary school, as well as programs qualifying them to become physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacists, optometrists, leaders in public health, and a variety of other healthcare professionals. There are many decisions to be made along the pre-health path—choosing courses and timing the courses wisely, securing clinical and research opportunities, and navigating the application process. The first decision, of course, is whether or not to pursue a health profession at all, based on your interests and personal strengths. As your home base for the pre-health experience at F&M, Health Professions Advising is here to help you with all of these choices, both big and small.
SouthEast’s mission is to provide medical and dental care to Lancastrians who have no insurance, and little or no income. They see a whopping 16,000+ medical patients annually who make approximately 90,000 visits (not including about 18,000 annual dental visits). And all on a shoestring budget. “We make dresses out of drapes,” Kedren has told me. “Dresses out of drapes . . . it’s an informal motto around here.” Like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, SouthEast is short on resources, long on resourcefulness. Out of necessity, they get creative . . .
“What I'm not clear on is what I'd actually do with a degree in public health”. . . This is a sentiment I hear pretty frequently in my line of work. A Masters in Public Health leads to a wide variety of career options, so wide that students often have a hard time imagining their future professional lives . . .
At the center of nearly all of Dr. Ofri’s work is the doctor-patient relationship. It is a common thread running from her most recent book, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, and you can follow it back through her other titles as well (Incidental Findings, Medicine in Translation, Singular Intimacies). It is in fact the reason we place Dr. Ofri among a small, unique class of “doctor-writers,” writers who both criticize and celebrate the complexities of clinical medicine and remind us—quite powerfully—that caring is a big part of curing . . .
Let’s see, what do I want to say about grades? Hmmm . . . A better question might be, what don’t I want to say? Or better yet, what should I say and what should I keep to myself? There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t engage in a discussion with pre-health students about grades. Some professors think pre-health students are overly grade-conscious. Not entirely true. In my office, I see the overly, the underly, and the in-between. When it comes to grades, no two pre-health students are alike. Kind of like the snowflakes falling outside my window as I write this . . .
Winter break is here . . . Between naps and meals and spending time with your family and friends, you might find these glimpses into medicine interesting, even moving.