We’ve been busy this fall. In addition to the everyday bustle of classes, labs, workshops, homework, and studying, post-bac students have attended a variety of seminars on various topics related to healthcare and science.
In September, Nic Hammond, Ph.D. offered an extremely helpful workshop on study skills for chemistry students. Nic, who has a doctorate in chemistry, is currently investigating STEM pedagogical methods in his work at the University of Rochester’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). Nic describes his work for CETL as making science education at UR “the best it can be.” His workshop focused on aligning post-bac student expectations with faculty expectations for chemistry students. Most of our students enter our program with excellent time management and study skills, as well as keen motivation to learn. This workshop focused on how returning students might best use their study time, as well as discussed fruitful ways to approach chemistry problem sets, class lectures, and exam preparation. Thanks, Nic, for a stimulating (and eye-opening) conversation.
In early October, Dr. Manbir Batra met with students as part of our “Leading a Life in Medicine” speaker series. Dr. Batra, an anesthesiologist from Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, has been involved in global medicine, and has traveled on a variety of medical missions. He spoke about his path as a physician, his love of mentoring new and future physicians, and about anesthesiology as a medical practice. Our post-bac listeners thoroughly enjoyed this conversation. Here are some of the things they said afterwards: “the most interesting and engaging talk,” “incredibly interesting,” “Dr Batra was a wonderful person to listen to and also had a great sense of humor.”
Later in October, Ben Kress, a post-bac student in his glide year, and Ben Plog, an M.D./Ph.D. student from the University of Rochester Medical School, discussed their work in the lab of Maiken Nedergaard, MD, DMSc. Dr. Nedergaard’s work on the glymphatic system has been making headlines recently. Ben and Ben’s presentations on these discoveries were tremendously exciting. Galvanized by what they heard, several post-bac students wanted to learn more; several post-bac students are now working in the Nedergaard lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Earlier this week, Lili Young, the Assistant Director of Admissions of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, met with post-bac students to discuss podiatric medicine in general, and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in specific. To learn more about podiatric medicine and the path toward becoming a podiatrist, please take a look at the Explore Health Careers website, which offers a good summary of the profession.