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Dr. Osheroff on Applying to Med School

On Oct. 28, Dr. Neil Osheroff ’74 delivered a Professional in Residence lecture, titled “Applying to Medical School and Careers in Scientific Research.”

As a current faculty member of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Osheroff assists in reviewing medical school applications. As part of the Professional in Residence series, he talked to students about the process of applying to medical schools, specifically what schools look for in applicants. He expressed, “The main thing graduate schools look for is passion and a background in research.”  It was also noted that medical schools look at well-roundedness -academic grades, leadership, community service, an interaction with physicians, previous job experiences, and athletics. 

One student asked about the most important experience a student can obtain, whether it would be clinical or research experience.  Osheroff responded,  schools “want to see what reflects you.”  

Looking back on his time as a Hobart student, Osheroff said, “The foundation and faculty that you have here are phenomenal. HWS will prepare you for the next step.” He explained that smaller schools like Vanderbilt, similar to the structure and class sizes at HWS, allow students to feel extremely well supported with personal attention.

Osheroff originally intended to go to law school following his gradu­ation from Hobart College. However, after taking a course in natural products 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 the John G. Coniglio Chair of biochemistry and medicine and the course director in the School of Medicine. In addition to teaching, he has contributed to researching new anticancer drugs.