They came from Rochester, from Binghamton, from local Geneva. They came armed with Powerpoint presentations, with their own years of experience, with a cooler of human organs. When a group of health professionals arrived on campus to present seminars on Saturday, Sept. 15, Hobart and William Smith students came to listen.
Six speakers at the Colleges’ annual Health Professions Conference gave presentations about their career paths, including neurology, pathology, genetic counseling, emergency medicine, nursing, and recruiting. Dozens of students registered for the event, choosing three half-hour presentations from the possibilities.
“I’m looking for more information than you get from the classroom, TV, or the doctor’s office, said Esthefanie Giordano, a William Smith sophomore from New York City. “I want to go into something fast-paced, so I signed up for the emergency medicine seminar.
The conference was a chance for students to learn and to network with people who forged paths into the field of health care. “It’s a chance to strengthen the relationship between students and the health community, said Meg McCarthy, a senior biology major who helped to organize the event.
Hobart alums Dr. Jeremy Cushman ’96 and Mark Mapstone ’89 were among the presenters. “I was in your chair not so long ago, Dr. Cushman said as he addressed a group about his career in emergency medicine. “When I was in your chair, I had a lot of questions. He proceeded to answer the questions that many students posed, offering advice on how to spend the four years on campus. “Take an art class, take a music class, take a Rimmerman class. There will be things inside yourself outside of being a physician. Be balanced enough to do those things.
Dr. Bill Dean, a pathologist who is also a Geneva resident, brought along the most fragrant presentation of the day: a cooler full of smoke-blackened lungs, liquor-bloated livers, and fat-clogged aortas. During his talk about self-destructive behaviors, students got to interact with real-life examples of lethal bad habits.
“It’s a great group. The people who participate are proactive in showing interest in learning. They’re really fun to work with, Dean said.