Preparing students for the world community
Daniel Patino-Calle former Molloy Biology student, and now M.D. Candidate, Class of 2017 at Brown University
Tell us a little about your time in Africa?
I was in Kumasi, Ghana for 7 weeks working at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. I spent most of my time surveying patients for a public health project I developed with a group of Brown medical students. The goal of our study was to identify barriers to care among the HIV population in order to improve overall patient adherence and retention rates. In addition to working at the HIV clinic, I shadowed in the emergency department and attended hospital rounds/conferences. I also did a bit of traveling, visiting tourist sites in Tamale, Accra, and Cape Coast.
How did your time at Molloy prepare you for Brown University Medical School?
Playing for the men's soccer team was incredibly important for my personal development during my time at Molloy. By far the biggest challenge of being a student athlete is learning how to prioritize your daily schedule. You want to do well in your classes and attend all of your athletic commitments, but you also need to find time to have fun with your friends and family. Having done this for so many years, I eventually found a good balance between academics and life outside of school. In fact, the transition from college to medical school would have been very difficult if I didn't develop these time-management skills along the way.
Talk a little about how the Professors at Molloy helped to shape your career goals?
The professors at Molloy love what they do. They are incredibly committed to their work and are willing to help anyone who is eager to learn. I was lucky enough to be mentored by Dr. Madeline Gunn, Director of the Experiential Learning Department. Dr. Gunn introduced me to service learning and gave me the opportunity to work with underserved communities around the country. We traveled to South Dakota and New Orleans on multiple occasions, and worked together during the Rising Star Summer Camp. My coach, Danny Longo, was also a great mentor and close friend. He gave me the opportunity to play college soccer and was always very supportive of anything I did both on and off the field.
What impressed you most about your time at Molloy?
One of the best things about Molloy is its strong sense of community and connection. Due to its small size, students tend to have more one-on-one contact with professors as well as more opportunities to collaborate with them. This allows professors to get to know their students better resulting in more detailed evaluations and stronger letters of recommendation.