Over 100 Great Lakes Bay area high school students and family members got an insider’s perspective on preparing for the medical profession during an Albion College-sponsored program on “Thinking Ahead to a Career in Medicine” Sept. 25 at the MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. The program included a panel discussion with four alumni who are now practicing physicians in the Saginaw/Midland area, and a presentation by staff from the College’s Institute for Healthcare Professions.
Participating in the panel (pictured in first photo above, left to right) were physicians Majed Sahouri, ’88 (ophthalmology), Great Lakes Eye Institute, Midland and Saginaw; Douglas Forsyth, ’86 (family practice), Chesaning; Andrew Wagner, ’85 (obstetrics/gynecology), Saginaw; and Samuel Shaheen, ’88 (general surgery), vice chair, surgical disciplines, Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Saginaw. Together with Barbara Keyes and Marikay Dobbins from Albion’s Healthcare Institute, they offered advice on the most valuable learning experiences for students planning a medical career.
Koehler Juggles Softball Present, Med School Future
Jessica Koehler patrols left field for the Albion College softball team, but there have been days this season when she thinks she is juggling bowling pins instead of snaring line drives.
An all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association second-team performer in 2011 and a two-time member of the league's academic honor roll, Koehler is taking a class to prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test in addition to her regular coursework in biology, chemistry, English, and physics, and completing a presentation on detecting e-coli bacteria in environmental samples for the college's April 19 Elkin R. Issac Student Research Symposium.
A cornerback on the Albion College football team, Matt Lozier, '12, is used to tackling opponents. This summer, the Clarklake native found himself tackling cancer – one of the most menacing opponents some people ever face – as an intern at the Owensboro Cancer Research Program (OCRP).
The OCRP, under the direction of Dr. Keith Davis, '79, is devoted to unlocking the potential of plant-based pharmaceuticals and antiviral proteins. Lozier was modifying lunasin, a protein isolated from soybeans that has been suggested to possess anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, with materials that would allow lunasin to bind specifically to integrins on cancer cells. The hope is to find a treatment that would directly target cancer cells while allowing good cells to live.