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Preparing the Next Generation of Health Professionals

By Kelly Hewes

Trinity prepares students for health professions. Plain and simple, point blank. There has never been a time in my career at Trinity where I did not feel that the answers to my questions were either an email or an office visit away. The tools I needed were always within an arm’s reach, and when I felt I could not get there on my own the faculty never skipped a beat to help me. Don’t get me wrong, to be successful in pursuing the health professions you have to be proactive—but that will be true no matter your location. So what sets Trinity apart?

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Even in my darkest hour, never once was I told that I could not. Sure, I was encouraged to work harder. Strongly encouraged. And sure, I was told which of my goals may be out of reach. But even if I was still adamant about trying, the faculty were there to help me. Because of its small size, Trinity’s professors are able to offer one-on-one teaching in their office hours, something that no doubt played a critical role in my success. Let’s be real, Trinity classes are difficult. The courses teach you to think critically and to problem solve, something that is extremely important in the MCAT and any post-undergraduate education. Trinity also offers several research opportunities which also teach critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as offer students a different perspective to the health professions. More and more, medical schools are emphasizing research in their mission statements, and the ability trinity students have to get involved with several different types of research make them that much more competitive.

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Personally, Trinity presented me with the opportunity to get involved as a research student in multiple departments. It allowed me to grow as a leader, through being an officer in various organizations, through being a student staff member on residential life, and through being a mentor for first year students. Trinity helped me intern at the medical school in San Antonio, which allowed me to gain first-hand shadowing experience in the OR as well as experience with the residents and their academic presentations. Trinity has the tools, it’s just a matter of figuring out what you need to get the job done. And the faculty will help you see whether you need a phillips or a flathead.

Kelly Hewes
Kelly is a senior neuroscience major at Trinity hoping to attend medical school. Kelly is a member of Trinity university's residential life staff and has participated in undergraduate research for four years. Currently, she studies a marmoset model of Multiple Sclerosis alongside neuroscience professor Kimberly Phillips. When not studying or researching, you can often find Kelly training for her next half marathon or triathlon or cheering for her home team--the Chicago Bears!


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