Park Scholars each create their own college experience based on their values and interests, and no two scholars’ journeys are the same. Brothers Stanley ’05 and Peyton ’07 Hassinger have both found careers in emergency medicine, but how they arrived at that decision and the work they do greatly differs.
At the age of 15, Josh Sawyer ’03 unexpectedly performed CPR on a neighbor until first-responders arrived. It was this moment that catapulted his interest in medicine. Today, Sawyer is an ER physician at Eastern Carolina Emergency Physicians in Wilmington, N.C. His trajectory has been one full of highs and lows. Volunteering with EMS throughout college, attending Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, taking a year off from medical school to be a math teacher, five years of
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Since she was a child, Emma Thompson ’17 knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. While the southern Mississippi native entered NC State as an engineering major, she took advantage of her freshman year to explore and refine her academic interests.
As a Park Scholar at NC State, Leslie Scheunemann ‘01 had no shortage of interests. She triple-majored in physics, applied mathematics, and chemistry; minored in Japanese; conducted mentored research; studied ethics independently; gave piano recitals; practiced karate; and was engaged in community service. Not only did each of these pursuits help lay the groundwork for Scheunemann’s post-collegiate life and work, they made her feel connected to something larger than herself.
As a young college student who shadowed physicians while in high school, Shelly (Strickland) Lowery ‘04 was initially uncertain whether she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. She opted to double major in biomedical and biological engineering at NC State, believing these fields to be the best match for her love of mathematics and science as well as her tentative interest in medicine.
Ricky Bloomfield’s undergraduate academic pursuits at NC State could point to any number of careers. With majors in chemistry and secondary education and minors in Spanish and saxophone performance, Bloomfield ’02 used his time as a Park Scholar to academically explore far and wide.
Remy Roque ‘06 is about to graduate from medical school and begin his career as an anesthesiologist, but like many students, as he was growing up he didn’t always have a clear view of his future career.
During her time at NC State, where she completed an undergraduate degree in biological sciences in 2008, Anna Shope’s roles as a Park Scholar, member of Phi Beta Kappa, and philanthropy chair of Delta Zeta sorority cultivated her commitment to service. Reflecting on this period, she remarks, “My Park Scholarships experience has shown me how to be an independent, free-thinking, effective leader.”
Each summer Park Scholars are given the opportunity to explore the world of medicine through the Brody-Park internship. The internship, coordinated by the Park Scholarships program, allows students to shadow physicians, residents, and medical students at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Internship participants receive funding through the Park Enrichment Grant program.
posted 2011.09.19 This past summer, three Park Scholars held internships at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and immersed themselves in a unique clinical opportunity. Dr. Wiley Nifong, Andrew Miller, Mark Draelos, and Dr. Randolph Chitwood prepare for a surgical procedure. Mark Draelos ‘12 and Andrew Miller ‘13 worked in the East Carolina Heart Institute under Dr. Randolph Chitwood and Dr. Wiley Nifong. The students observed surgical procedures with Chitwood and learned about minimally invasive heart surgery techniques
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