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Life as a Medical Student

As a second-year student at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Jennifer Tibbens '05 had some words of advice for pre-med students during the panel “Scholarship, Leadership and Service” on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Having taken a year off to work as a Physician's Assistant tech before attending medical school, Tibbens recommends other students do the same. She says having clinical experience put her at an advantage over other medical students, as did her studies at HWS, “You get a broader basis in a liberal arts education than other medical school applicants. You’re seen as a well-rounded person.”

Attending HWS was an easy choice for her. “When I visited, I fell in love with the people and the campus. I loved everything about it.” When it came to pursuing her medical degree, the deciding factor for Tibbens came when she was abroad in Denmark. While there, she enrolled in a class taught by Danish physicians. “They treated us like real medical students. It was then that I decided I wanted to go all the way with medical school. I didn’t want to regret anything by cutting myself short.”

The panel also featured Meaghan McCarthy ’08, Ross Green ’09 and Sarah Yoon-Miller ’09. McCarthy spoke about study abroad opportunities and her experiences in Galway, Ireland. Studying abroad is often difficult for pre-med students due to rigorous lab requirements. However, “The Colleges have done some really amazing things to make it more accessible to pre-med students,” says McCarthy.

Green discussed his groundbreaking cancer research while at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City. He credits the small class sizes at HWS with giving him an edge in the lab at Mt. Sinai. Yoon-Miller talked about leadership as a pre-med student. As a lab teaching assistant, tutor and teaching fellow, Yoon-Miller has found “the best way to learn the material is to teach it.”

The panel was part of a two-day event for Blackwell Medical Scholarship finalists.