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Physicians mentor medical students in speed-dating style
ISMA e-Reports, March 22, 2010
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Emily Garritson and Evan Dickerson speak with Thomas Troeger, M.D.

Emily Garritson and Evan Dickerson speak with Thomas Troeger, M.D.

About 37 St. Joseph County physicians – representing 15 specialties – and nearly 30 medical students met on the Notre Dame campus for the second annual Specialty Speed Dating event. The March 1 program was not for romantic purposes, but to help students choose a specialty.

“The event provided an opportunity for the students to ask physicians about their specialties, everyday schedules and lifestyle, and training in a casual setting,” explained medical student Clara Park, who started the program.

“Students who are still surveying their options made use of the event to explore the different specialties.”

Robert Sweeney, M.D., talks to Rachel Heneghan and Martia Bauman

Robert Sweeney, M.D., talks to Rachel Heneghan 
and Martia Bauman

Anar Desai and Katie Farrell sit with Gary Fromm, M.D.

Anar Desai and Katie Farrell sit with
Gary Fromm, M.D.

During the round-robin event, students were given five minutes per station to ask physicians questions. At the end of each session, students moved to the next specialty.

“It was wonderful. We plan to host this event again next year,” noted ISMA Past President Al Cox, M.D., a family physician who participated in the program.

The event was hosted by the St. Joseph County Medical Society and the AMA Medical Student Society.

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