Hiram alumni working in health care fields shared experiences and insight with prospective and current Hiram College students on Oct. 23, 2015, as part of the Center for Literature and Medicine’s Careers in Health Care Series, and the inaugural Health Professions Visit Day/Overnight.
Alumni Heather Brown ’11, D.C.; Miriam Clarke ’12, a fourth year student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Tammy Guseman ’12, a fourth year student at University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine; Megan Orosz ’13, a registered nurse at University Hospitals; and Carla Bold ’11, a nursing assistant at Geauga Hospital, were joined by dozens of Hiram College and local high school students.
Alumni praised the College’s first-in-the-nation biomedical humanities program, which prepares students for health care careers by focusing on humanistic and scientific elements; however, they noted that any major can prepare undergraduates for a health care career, as long as they take the requirements for their desired medical field along with their chosen major.
“My education here taught me to treat patients with a broader scope,” Dr. Brown said. “Hiram taught me to think outside the box. My major was biomedical humanities, and it created a different perspective. I was able to treat patients differently than someone who just focused on science classes in college.”
The alumni gave advice about making choices after graduating from Hiram. If students do not feel ready to enter medical school right away, they suggested working in any field, getting their master’s degree or just taking some time off. As they begin to think about interviews for medical school – and eventually, residencies – alumni encouraged the future health care professionals to emphasize their extracurricular activities and show their passions about things other than classes and work.
The alumni and current students all expressed praise for the benefits of Hiram’s liberal arts education.
“Hiram prepared me in a way that only a liberal arts college could,” Guseman said. “I have an open mindset to multiple ways of thinking which helps in osteopathic medicine and allows me to look at a patient more holistically. A lot of that training began here at Hiram.”
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Steven Romberger, Ph.D., also discussed careers in research and a representative from Northeast Ohio Medical University discussed their programs, requirements and the direct-entry pathway program offered in partnership with Hiram.
Throughout the day, visiting high school students also had the opportunity to sit in on health-related courses, including:
- Anatomy and Physiology I
- Evidence Based Medicine
- Abnormal Psychology
- Medical Sociology
- Medical Microbiology
- Psychology of Childhood
- Science vs. Pseudoscience
To learn more about Hiram College’s excellence in health education, visit www.hiram.edu/health.