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HWS Students Study Medicine Through Experience

As the semester draws to a close, several students reflect on lessons learned in the classroom as well as the doctor's office

(Dec. 7, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– From the emergency room to the pediatrician's office, the vascular surgery room to the physical therapy wing, 13 students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been interning through Geneva General Hospital and the Finger Lakes Medical Associates this fall. The experience will serve them well as they work toward their goal of a career in medicine.

Laura Van Niel, health professions coordinator at HWS, says field experience has become a requirement. “Medical schools definitely look for hands on training, and it is mandatory for some health professions,” Van Niel says. “The relationship that has been established between Hobart and William Smith Colleges and area physicians is paramount to their career aspirations.”

She adds that those in the health professions program have expanded their interests beyond the traditional professions of physician and dentist. Students have begun investigating careers as rehabilitation therapists, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, genetic counselors and more.

The following students had internships this fall:

• Gilberto Arbelaez, a junior from Stamford, Conn., and Sarah Weinstein, a sophomore from Wassaic, N.Y., emergency medicine;
• Jennifer Davidson, a junior from South Burlington, Vt., and Casey Jeracka, a senior from Cheshire, Conn., physician's assistant in cardiology;
• Jennifer Tibbens, a senior from Sherburne, N.Y., and Courtney Betts, a sophomore from Niskayuna, N.Y., obstetrics and gynecology;
• Laura Parker, a senior from Sudbury, Mass., pediatric nurse practitioner;
• Kristin Ronan, a junior from Newtown, Conn., pediatric and adult nurse practitioner;
• Megan Treharne, a junior from East Aurora, N.Y., pediatrics;
• Jonathan Hureau, a sophomore from Exeter, N.H., vascular surgery;
• Kumara Govardhan, a junior from Bethel, Conn., dialysis;
• Laila Sheikh, a junior from Wellesley, Mass., acute rehabilitation unit; and
• Yim Ling Cheng, a sophomore from New York City, medical, surgical and pediatric units.

The liberal arts curriculum at Hobart and William Smith Colleges allows students to explore an array of subjects while working through the Health Professions Office to pursue a medical career. HWS students are advised to take a core of courses required by almost all health profession programs and to major in a subject based on interest and the ability to do well in that major. HWS students are also assisted by the Health Professions Advisory Committee, the Career Services Resource Library and other on-campus activities such as the health careers fair and the health professions student club.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y. Home to three Rhodes Scholars, HWS provides an interdisciplinary education, where learning is reinforced through on-campus academic centers and initiatives such as the Finger Lakes Institute, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men and the President's Forum Lecture Series. A full 75 percent of HWS students are engaged in some form of undergraduate research. Many get published or present their findings before professional and trade organizations such as the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.