Stephanie Allen
Stephanie Allen
stephanie allen

What are your plans for the future?

I just earned a Masters degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. In July of 2014 I will begin the Baylor College of Medicine.

I plan to eventually become an Obstetrician-Gynecologist or Pediatrician who practices primarily in the United States, travels frequently to work in the developing world. I would also like to eventually work in academia, whether that be in an academic hospital or at a university.

What drew you to the Medical Humanities program?

The Medical Humanities program was actually one of the main reasons why I came to Baylor. I found information about the Medical Humanities program on the Baylor website, emailed Dr. Attas and came for a visit. As a Junior in high school, I sat in on his Freshman Academic Seminar (FAS) course and loved its approach to the �human side� of medicine.

What have you learned from the program?

As a Medical Humanities and Biology major, I can confidently say that my undergraduate Pre-Med education has been an intricate and multi-faceted effort in a variety of fascinating disciplines. I have learned that pathology and physiology are essential in the study of medicine, but they are not its end. Patients are much more than their pathologies. Courses and experience in the Medical Humanities program at Baylor have taught me the importance of caring for the whole person, from a perspective that is rooted in science and data as well as empathy, humility and compassion.

What was your favorite class in the program and why?

MH 4351: Supervised Clinical Medicine from Dr. Lauren Barron.

During this course, we engaged in weekly shadowing rotations in the Waco area in a variety of specialty areas. I was impacted by the rawness of everyday experiences of physicians and patients. It was also fascinating to observe and take note of the various aspects of the patient-physician relationship. During class, we also had the opportunity to blog about our experiences and discuss books and articles in a small and engaged environment.

MH 4300: History of Medicine from Dr. Lisa Baker.

I took this course as part of the Pre-Med in Maastricht study abroad in 2012. In various historical lessons and projects, we reflected on and learned from medicine�s riveting past while looking forward to what it is becoming. We also had the unforgettable opportunity to travel to some of medicine�s most important historical landmarks, such as the Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris, where the world�s first vaccine was invented, and the University of Padova anatomical theatre in Padova, Italy, where the first cadavers were dissected.