Major: Biology (BS) and MBA Hometown: Tulsa, Okla. Currently: Fourth-year medical student at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
As an undergraduate, Shawn Sood would often finish up a three- or four-hour lab then head over to the Reilly Center to stand in line to ensure a front row seat at a basketball game. He loved being courtside to feel the energy of the players — and the rabid fans.
The science department is excellent. I was as prepared, or more so, than my medical school peers from other institutions.
Today he has a courtside seat to some of the best medical care in the country as part of his clinical rotation at Inova Fairfax Hospital, which serves the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Sood was among the first students admitted to St. Bonaventure’s highly competitive combined-degree program with George Washington University School of Medicine. At first he thought it was going to be daunting going from classes at tiny St. Bonaventure to medical school in the nation’s capital.
"But as soon as I started, from the very onset I felt well prepared. In fact, compared to some of my colleagues, I felt better prepared. Bonaventure classes really set me up well to transition into med school,” he said.
At St. Bonaventure, Sood was embraced by the camaraderie of fellow pre-med students. As a non-Catholic, he felt welcomed by the university’s Catholic-Franciscan presence.
“I participated in a lot of Mountain (Irenaeus) activities … and knew a lot of the Franciscan fathers and brothers there on a personal basis,” said Sood.
That caring and benevolence transcends the campus, carrying forth with students into their future endeavors. For Sood, that element will make him a better doctor.
“The Franciscan tradition calls us to be brothers and sisters and we all look out for each other,” said Sood.
“So here (at the hospital) when we see patients, I’m talking to the patient but I’m also looking at their families, too, and understanding the patient’s story, how they are feeling. I’m not just looking at the diagnosis and how to treat it, but also to make sure they’re doing okay, too, personally, and how they’re handling concepts like maybe death and transitioning to a palliative care center or hospice setting,” he said.
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