This fall, Christopher Troy ’15 will take the first step in turning his passion for global medicine into a career as he pursues a degree in medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Troy will build on the insight in global medicine he garnered while teaching English for a year in Argentina as the recipient of a prestigious 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award.
“I want to have some aspect of my career based internationally, whether that means involvement in humanitarian projects or pursuing a career in infectious diseases or public health,” says Troy.
The four-year program will allow Troy, who was a double major in chemistry and Spanish, to define his interests within the field. Troy says he had a similar experience at HWS, where he was able to refine his goals through experiential learning and a wide range of coursework.
“HWS does a great job of encouraging and allowing students to develop and chase diverse interests,” Troy says.
Troy explains that studying abroad in Seville, Spain as an HWS junior led him to pursue a Fulbright scholarship, and also sparked his curiosity in foreign cultures and populations. “I hope to develop that curiosity more in medical school, whether through international trips and research or closer to home through involvement in community outreach programs,” says Troy.
He also notes that the support of his advisers at HWS was fundamental in helping him seize important opportunities. He says he worked closely with Scott MacPhail, associate director of Health Professions counseling and fellowship advising, throughout his medical school and Fulbright applications. “He was the single biggest help throughout both, offering a remarkable amount of timely feedback and insight,” Troy recalls.
He also credits his academic advisers, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kristin Slade and Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Caroline Travalia, for helping him stay on track while encouraging him to pursue other interests “just as adamantly.”
At HWS, Troy was a Teaching Fellow in the Chemistry Department, a student worker for the Office of Admissions, president of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, chair of the Stewardson Society, a student guide for the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program, and a member of the Club Ice Hockey Team. He was the 2011-2015 recipient of Cornelius A. Wood Scholarship for most academically outstanding Hobart student, winner of the 2014 Eaton-Cross Prize for Excellence in Biology and Chemistry and has been a member of the Orange Key and Chimera Honor Societies.