January 2021

Video of the Month

Lucas Hoops '08 is an architect, most recently working on cultural, exhibition and residential projects in Mexico City. He focuses his Master Class presentation on artistic expression in architecture.

Alumni Master Class: Lucas Hoops ’08

COVID – the Latest Updates from F&M

Remember to check for the latest Pandemic Operations Information, including any recent updates for students and parents, and to find F&M's COVID-19 Dashboard, updated biweekly now, but soon to be updated weekly.

You also should have received a PORT (Pandemic Operations Response Team) email last Friday with the latest move-in information and plans for testing during Module 3.

OSPGD Update
Pre-Health Students Gain Exclusive Insights from Alumni

In the midst of a pandemic, shadowing opportunities in the medical field are sparse.

“I was working with a lot of students who were getting anxious about continuing their pre-health journey,” said Marissa Sheaf, director of Health Professions Advising in the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development. “Because everything was shut down, they didn’t have access to in-person shadowing.”

But Sheaf had an idea. Inspired by a virtual conversation with a Franklin & Marshall alum in the medical field, Sheaf set up a series of virtual shadowing sessions for F&M pre-health students. These sessions kicked off in December with three alumni hosts: Dr. Austin Williams '07, chief surgical resident at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa.; Dr. Cherise Hamblin '03, OB-GYN at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, and founder and president of Patients-R-Waiting in Lancaster, Pa.; and Dr. Joseph Teel '99, director of family medicine obstetrics at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia and associate professor of clinical family medicine and community health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Williams, Hamblin and Teel each shared insights about a day in their life as a physician, what their F&M path looked like, and how they chose their specialty. They also discussed the most common conditions they see, and even presented an anonymous patient case study they’ve encountered, something Sheaf noted isn't seen very often.

“From the virtual shadowing experience, I was able to gain an understanding of the day-to-day life of physicians from a variety of different specialties,” said sophomore Harman Singh. “I think the best part of the experience was knowing that those medical professionals were once in my shoes as pre-med students at F&M. I learned a lot about their work-life balances, education, and the obstacles they faced. I really appreciated this experience, as it is nearly impossible to get shadowing experience because of the pandemic.”

Students like Singh who attended these hourlong sessions can include the experiences in their total count of shadowing hours for medical school applications. There will be more opportunities for shadowing hours to come, as Sheaf is planning additional sessions this month and potentially into the spring.

Is Your Student Struggling with Stress?

Many students in college face stress and anxiety… and we want to make sure they know where to turn at Franklin & Marshall. DipCares is a team of individuals who are able to provide support during challenging times; learn more here.

 How Do You Complete a Research Project in a Pandemic?

Franklin & Marshall students completed fall research projects in interesting ways! Read more here.

 Supporting the Franklin & Marshall Fund

Support from parents like you -- combined with gifts from our generous alumni -- not only helps today’s students successfully overcome hurdles presented by the pandemic. It also demonstrates to them that others believe in their future.

Module 3 begins next month. In light of the unprecedented nature of this academic year, and the challenges that come with it, please support F&M students with a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund today.

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