Alumni in Health Professions

The post-Bard journey for recent Alumni pursuing careers in a health profession

Eric Reed, '13

I was a Chemistry Major at Bard, and am currently in the 3rd year at SUNY Upstate Medical University in the MD program. 

My career path has included a little bit of research at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California, and then straight to medical school. 

Bard is an awesome education. I wouldn't be in medical school if it weren't for the support and encouragement I got from the Chemistry department at Bard. They provide a unique level of individual attention and are happy to see students find their niche and thrive. 

My advice to Bard students: consider going on for more education. You have a unique background coming from bard will have a lot to contribute to a higher education program. Consider education and careers in STEM and medical fields. Your well-rounded and humanist background at Bard will make you unique in these fields and you will be well suited for a leadership positions. 

Cameron Ogg, ’11

I graduated from Bard in 2011 with a degree in Biology and concentration in Global Public Health. Currently, I’m a graduate student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, looking forward to graduating with a PhD in Neuroscience this August.

Several linguistics classes that I took at Bard stimulated my interest in neuroscience—without this exposure to the humanities, I wouldn’t have found the scientific field I love now! For my senior project work on tickborne disease I participated in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. This early research experience, along with the critical and creative thinking cultivated at Bard, has proven so valuable to me in the years since.
In my final year at Bard, I started to realize that graduate school was what I wanted to do, but I took a year after graduation to work and make sure this was the right decision for me. Working in a research environment at a hospital solidified my desire to attend grad school and I began my current program in September 2012.
My advice to current Bard student would be to remain flexible. You may have a very specific plan about “what you want to be”, but unexpected opportunities can end up being better than you could have imagined! Consider and explore alternatives—at the very least, you’ll have grown from the experience.