Hiram College

preparing for the future

The biomedical humanities major lends itself to a wide variety of possible career choices after graduation. The following are just a few possibilities:

  • Medicine (physician or physician assistant)
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Genetic counseling
  • Public health
  • Social work
  • Medical sales
  • Funeral industry
  • Podiatry
  • Bioethics
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Pharmacy

Here’s what some of the biomedical humanities alumni have to say about their experiences both in the program and after Hiram.

Victoria (Torrie) Ohlin ’06:

“Hiram’s biomedical humanities, a relatively new major at that time, turned out to be the perfect option for me. It ensured that I fulfilled all the pre-med requirements in four years while enabling me to pursue classes in abnormal psychology, fiction writing, and medical ethics. My career path since college has been a direct one. I graduated from Hiram in May of 2006 and then medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. They started right in with rigorous classes in anatomy, biochemistry, and pathology, but my science courses at Hiram prepared me well for these new challenges. I kept up with my writing, too – short stories mostly, one of which was inspired by my experiences in cadaver lab. In my clinical rotations I have had the privilege of seeing so many diverse and incredible things, from newborn deliveries and vascular surgeries to emergency room trauma and psychiatric cases. My liberal education, well-begun at Hiram, continues daily. My Hiram education has been the cornerstone of my career development so far, and I know that my biomedical humanities major will continue to serve me well.”

Andee Wilson ’06:

“Looking back at my experience with The Center for Literature and Medicine I realize how fortunate I was to be a part of such an innovative program. Hiram College’s unique approach allowed me to expand my scientific knowledge as well as explore social and interpersonal aspects of medicine that interested me. Standard science classes such as chemistry and biology gave me the knowledge I needed to be accepted into medical school, but it was classes such as “Death and Dying” and “Literature and Aging” that have given me passion to explore the field of geriatrics. Hiram College has always been known for creating unique learning opportunities, and the Center for Literature and Medicine exemplifies this hallmark.”

Erin Henry ’06:

“When I went in for my advising appointment at Case, my advisor was very impressed with the shadowing experiences that I had. She was very curious to see what had led me to follow people in so many different areas. I explained that they were part of the major and were the best way for me to figure out which direction I specifically wanted to go in. I think that her comments speak very highly for both Hiram and the BIMD program in general.”

Jessica Edwards ’05:

“I finished an accelerated BSN program at the University of Akron. I feel as if I was more prepared than many other students in the program and I believe that it was my experiences at Hiram that contributed to that! Having such a strong background in science was a huge advantage, but it was also our Biomedical Humanities seminars that had stuck with me over the past couple years that helped me to better prepare for situations with patients and even my classes much better!”

Alison (Stanley) Ohana ’04:

“Midway through Hiram I was debating between working in a lab, becoming a physician, or going into accounting. Hiram’s liberal arts curriculum had allowed me to have such varied opportunities that I found I have a variety of diverse interests. The deciding factor was my biomedical humanities volunteer project with chronically ill children at Texas Children’s Hospital. When I was helping take care of those tiny children buried behind their IVs and breathing tubes, nothing else compared. I knew I had to become a doctor.”

Erin (Burt) McKinley ’04:

“I really enjoyed my time at Hiram with the Biomedical Humanities program. It has been highly apparent that the education I received from Hiram in general as well as the Biomedical Humanities program was much more well rounded than my peers. This well roundness has really helped me excel in graduate school. It was nice to be exposed to more classes than just the typical science courses.”