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Abby Brownell ’15

How did you explore your interests and decide on a major?

As a freshman, I was interested in first becoming a veterinarian and, later, research. During my junior year I started to pursue a career in medicine. To confirm my interest, I contacted Lake Forest Acute Care to see if they would be interested in having an intern for the semester. They agreed and I was immediately hooked on medicine and have never looked back!

Describe a moment or experience you had in college that helped define your career path.

While I was on campus at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) over the summer before my junior year, I met several medical students that were working in the lab that summer. We got to know each other extremely well and they strongly influenced my decision to begin considering medicine. Later that semester I realized I was not satisfied with my current career path and began to strongly consider medicine. While working at Lake Forest Acute Care I realized that medicine came naturally to me and that I could not imagine pursuing any other career!

What role did your internship or research experience play in shaping your career path?

Working as an intern at Lake Forest Acute Care gave me the boost of confidence I needed and helped secure a position with ScribeAmerica. I have always done best in an environment where I can apply knowledge and knew I would need an internship to ensure this was the correct career path for myself. I also knew I needed to take a few years off after graduating to build my resume for medical school. My internship was a strong first step and set me up for success after graduation.

What would you recommend Lake Forest College students considering a career in your field do to prepare?

Take advantage of the internship opportunities for students! It is one of the perks of attending a smaller school and set you apart from other applicants.

What have you found the most rewarding in your career and life after graduation?

Working as a Medical Scribe has really set me up for success in a career in medicine. Taking two years off to work was the best decision I could have possibly made and I feel well prepared to pursue a career as a physician.