College Students Get Real-Life Medical Experience


At St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center today, one college student is stepping outside the classroom and getting a sneak peek into her potential future.

“It gives us a chance to show people who are coming into the field what it’s like and what our daily routine is,” said Dr. Troy Solver, a medical resident in the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Family Program.  “And hopefully give some advice for them and what’s best for their careers.” 

For Hamilton college senior Emily Chan, it’s a chance to do some learning beyond the textbooks.

“In class, it’s kind of we learn our textbook and our biology and chemistry or whatever and a lot less of patient interaction,” she said.

After spending some time with patients and learning the ins and outs of a doctor’s routine, she’s more confident than ever that she’s on the right path.

“It’s really good for me to know that this is the field for me to pursue because it’s obviously a long route to be a doctor,” Chan said.

And it’s gratifying for Dr. Solver who’s had some help along the way as well.

“It’s very rewarding,” he said. “It’s always nice to help someone else who wants to get in. We’ve been given so much help to get here, so it’s always nice to give back.”

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