Three seniors and two recent graduates have been accepted to medical and professional schools, ranging from Tufts University in Massachusetts to Touro College in New York.
Inspired by her mother, a nurse practitioner, Meghan Cloutier ’19 knew a medical career was for her when she interned at Geneva General Hospital. “It made me realize how much I enjoy being a helping hand at a tumultuous point in a person’s life,” says Cloutier, who will attend the University of Buffalo Medical School, where she’s considering a focus on emergency medicine.
While volunteering in South Africa, Eva Gurian ’19 assisted in the safe removal of male and female white rhinoceros’ horns (the procedure is conducted to protect the animals from poachers). The experience solidified her desire to become a veterinarian. She has been accepted at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and looks forward to a career “that gives me the opportunity to work with medicine, animals and people.”
Nathan Webster ’19 has always had “a deep sense of care for others.” The biochemistry major believes that becoming a pharmacist is “a way I feel I can combine my interest in biochemistry with my compassion for people.” Webster will attend the School of Pharmacy at the University of Buffalo in the fall. He currently works as a pharmacy technician at Wegmans in Geneva, N.Y.
Cassidy Smith ’16, who graduated cum laude in psychology, has been accepted at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. She chose HWS because she was “impressed by the supportive faculty, the percentage of students who are accepted to med school and a liberal arts focus that would not only expose me to the ‘hard’ sciences, but also challenge the ways I thought about medicine and healthcare as a whole.” At HWS, Smith completed Honors work titled “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Overcoming Barriers Against Help-Seeking with Community Social Capital” under the direction of Associate Professor of Psychology Brien Ashdown.
Andrea Donofrio ’18, who graduated summa cum laude in biology and plans to study rural medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical School, cites Health Professions Counselor Scott MacPhail at the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education with providing “an abundance of support,” including helping her to choose classes, submit applications and prepare for interviews. Donofrio is also grateful for the inspiration she received from interning with Dr. Timothy Ryan ’72 and Lifecare Medical Associates, a medical group Ryan founded in 1979 in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
MacPhail and others on the Health Professions Advisory Committee help students and alums navigate the medical school application process by assisting with tasks ranging from establishing a timeline for taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to reviewing and editing essays.