for Healthcare Education
at Miami University
Student Profile: Todd Brophy (Class of 2012)
- biochemistry major with a thematic sequence in molecular processes
- from St. Henry, OH
- recipient of the Ken and Joan Frankel Outstanding Premedical Student Award
- will attend The Ohio State University College of Medicine
"Miami is an ideal place to spend four years of college. Living in a small college town makes everyone feel connected, because you bump into friends regularly uptown or on campus. Miami also provides many great opportunities for students to get involved. Whether you want to volunteer at a school, conduct research, or any other number of things, you definitely can make it happen at Miami."
Bone Marrow Registry Drive
"Far and away my most rewarding experience was hosting a bone marrow registry drive. Growing up, one of my childhood friends was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and received a bone marrow transplant from a donor half way across the world, in Australia, so I personally knew how important the registry could be. As a new officer of Miami M.E.D. in the winter of 2011, I ardently championed a registry drive as a service event. I contacted Be The Match® in Cincinnati and organized a campus-wide drive for fall semester 2011.
"Organizing the drive was a challenge. Because this was the first time we tried it, there wasn't a template, so we improvised and picked up where the last volunteer left off. It was a hectic semester trying to complete all the work leading up to the event, but everyone was so invested in the project that they worked hard to make it a success.
"In the end, we enrolled over 100 new potential donors. Even today, I look back on the event and smile, and I truly hope that the drive continues to grow every year."
Mallory-Wilson Center Preceptorship
"The Mallory-Wilson Center does a fantastic job of providing premedical students opportunities to meet and interact with great doctors. I was very fortunate to shadow Dr. Roger Friedman, a Miami graduate and practicing allergist in Columbus, OH. Dr. Friedman was an excellent mentor. On my first day, we spent part of the morning discussing what qualities and attributes are essential to becoming a good doctor and what challenges lay ahead.
"The most inspirational experience of my preceptorship was shadowing Dr. Friedman on his weekly trip to Nationwide Children's Hospital, where he volunteers in the allergy clinic. Many of these patients may not have otherwise been able to receive the quality healthcare they deserved, and I gained immense respect for Dr. Friedman through his service. Spending a week with Dr. Friedman was such a great experience and, as funny as it sounds, since completing my preceptorship, I've actually become his patient."
My Best Advice:
- Find meaningful work.
- You will gain the most from your experiences if you are truly passionate about them.
- Let yourself forget school for a while.
- In 20 years, you aren't going to remember the lectures and exams, only the friends you spent your four years with.