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What it Takes to Become a Doctor

Returning to campus as the next Professional in Residence on Tuesday, October 28, is Dr. Neil Osheroff  ’74.  As a current faculty member with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he will lecture on the process of applying to medical schools and share what they are looking for in applicants.

Osheroff originally intended to go to law school following his graduation from Hobart College.  However, after taking a course in organic chemistry his junior year, he found his true calling in medical research.  After graduating from Hobart with a B.S. in chemistry he went on to Northwestern University to earn his Ph. D. in biochemistry and molecular biology.  

After finishing his post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford, Osheroff moved to Vanderbilt University as an assistant professor of biochemistry in 1983.  He is now a professor of biochemistry and medicine and the course director for medicine. In addition to teaching, Osheroff has contributed to researching new anticancer drugs.  He also has the honor of holding the John G. Coniglio Chair in Biochemistry.      

Osheroff’s talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity 305. Students considering a job in the field of medicine would greatly benefit from hearing Dr. Osheroff’s experience in the medical community.  For those interested in specific advice, Osheroff will be having one-on-one coaching sessions the following day.  These personal sessions must be made in advance by contacting Career Services at ext. 3514 or by e-mailing cso@hws.edu.