Hanover, N.H. – On Tuesday evening, Dartmouth Peak Performance hosted the first ever Athletes in Medicine panel in Floren Varsity house. Four Dartmouth student-athlete alumni/ae were present to discuss the paths they followed as Dartmouth pre-med undergraduates to current and potential medical school students. The four panelists, who generously donated their time and insight were; Corey DeWitt ’11 (Cross Country/Track & Field), Erik Fagerstrom ’14 (Nordic Skiing), Sarah Kler ’12 (Women’s Rowing) and Marietta Smith ’12 (Women’s Golf).
The panelists, all with a unique track of their own, covered topics ranging from leave term experiences, taking a gap year, community based learning, post-baccalaureate years and more. More than 25 student-athletes, from across many different sports were present.
The idea of hosting a pre-health panel was spearheaded by Alex Schoenberger ’15 (Volleyball) and Ariana Vailas ’14 (Cross-Country/Track & Field), with the assistance of Katelyn Stravinsky, the Assistant AD for Peak Performance/Academic Advising. One of the goals of this gathering was to provide resources and first-hand accounts to students considering the pre-med track. Vailas and Schoenberger plan to cultivate the Athletes in Medicine (AIM) group to help provide a network as well as community support to Dartmouth pre-med student-athletes in the years to come.