Alumni Profiles

Brian Powers '10

Brian Powers '10

Brian Powers is a graduate of the class of 2010 from St. Louis, MO. At Bowdoin, he majored in history. He graduated from the joint MD/MBA program at Harvard in 2017, and is currently an internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. 

Brian left Bowdoin knowing that he wanted to be a physician, but also that he wanted to better understand the health care system, and how it was changing. After graduation, Brian moved to Washington, DC and began working at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), supporting their Leadership Consortium on Value and Science-Driven Health Care. While at the NAM, he developed a strong interest in the organization and financing of health care delivery. To further develop these interests, Brian enrolled in the joint MD-MBA program at Harvard.

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Kevin O'Connor '11

Kevin O'Connor '11

Kevin O'Connor graduated from Bowdoin in 2011 with a degree in biology, and is originally from Westwood, MA. He is currently enrolled in the MD-PhD program run through the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Medical Scientist Training Program.

After Bowdoin, Kevin began working in a lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where he studied molecular mechanisms underlying cancer susceptibility and targeted therapy for ovarian cancer for three years. During this time he also completed his prerequisites and took some additional coursework at Harvard University Extension School. After Kevin decided to go forward with applying to medical school, he began the Master’s of Science (M.S.) in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program at Boston University School of Medicine. During Kevin's second year in MAMS, he returned to the D’Andrea Lab at Dana-Farber to complete his thesis and worked as a teaching assistant for the MAMS Biochemistry and Cell Biology course. Kevin applied to both MD and MD-PhD programs, but ultimately chose to attend the MD-PhD program UMASS because of its well-rounded and collaborative student community, reputation for excellence in research and clinical medicine, and location.

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Mollie Friedlander '14

Mollie Friedlander '14

Mollie Friedlander is a graduate of the class of 2014 from Del Mar, CA. She is currently enrolled in Stanford Medical School. At Bowdoin, Mollie doubled majored in Hispanic studies and neuroscience. While studying abroad in Argentina, Mollie sought physician shadowing opportunities, began the AMCAS medical school application process, and looked for future opportunities to explore Hispanic culture alongside clinical medicine. With the "mammoth support of Bowdoin mentors, a large amount of effort towards applications and interviews, and some amount of luck," Mollie received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant, acceptance to three MD/PhD programs, and an offer to join the Stanford MD program.

Mollie decided to attend Stanford Medical School, but deferred enrollment for one year to serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Madrid, Spain, so that she could pursue her interest in Spanish language and culture and gain exposure to a universal healthcare system. The Fulbright experience strengthened her desire to integrate Spanish and medicine while also fostering an appreciation for the power of international collaboration. In medical school, Mollie has taken multiple Medical Spanish elective courses and utilized Spanish language skills to communicate with Hispanic patients at Stanford free clinics. Mollie will spend this year investigating pancreas development in Dr. Seung Kim’s lab at Stanford through a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship, and she hopes to complete clinical training in pediatric endocrinology upon returning to the medical school curriculum. The liberal arts education and thoughtful mentorship that Mollie received at Bowdoin enabled her to achieve the enriching experiences that have informed her decision to pursue a career in academic medicine, collaborative basic science research, and treating underserved Hispanic communities. 

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Cassie Rodrigues '10

Cassie Rodrigues '10

Cassie is a graduate from the class of 2010 from New York City, and was a visual arts and neuroscience double major at Bowdoin. Initially unsure of what she wanted to do after Bowdoin, she worked as an artist in Portland, Maine and New York City. She started talking with the office of Health Professions in fall of 2011, at which time she also started doing psychiatric epidemiological research and taking classes at Columbia University to fulfill premed requirements. While applying to medical school, Cassie continued to work as an artist in NYC. She was accepted to the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, and graduated with her DO in 2017. She has come to love the osteopathic approach to medicine and how it takes the entire person into account. She is currently a Family Medicine resident at Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice in Augusta, Maine. The Office of Health Professions Advising helped her fine tune her personal statement, assemble letters of recommendation, and most importantly made her aware of Osteopathic Medical schools. Seth Ramus also provided numerous pep talks over the phone and in person during the trying application process.  

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Tracey Shirey '14

Tracey Shirey '14

Tracey Shirey graduated from Bowdoin in 2014 with a double major in biology and Africana studies, and is originally from Waterloo, IA. She is currently enrolled in the MD program at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. 

After graduating from Bowdoin, Tracy spent two years in Washington, DC, serving as an Americorps member with AIDS United at Whitman Walker Health, a community health center specializing in LGBT and HIV care. She provided HIV testing and counseling services, facilitated support groups for HIV positive men and women, coordinated a peer mentorship program for individuals newly diagnosed with HIV, and trained individuals in HIV/STI testing, street outreach, and sex education. For her medical training, Tracy knew that she wanted to attend an institution that recognized the importance of both science and service in the study of medicine. She chose Emory because the main training ground of its medical students is Grady Hospital, which is one of the few public hospitals remaining in the country and representative of the University’s commitment to provide healthcare to all residents of Atlanta, regardless of their ability to pay. 

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Kate Emerson '10

Kate Emerson '10

Kate Emerson is a graduate of the class of 2010 from Georgetown, ME. At Bowdoin, Kate double majored in French and Asian studies. She graduated from the Columbia University School of Nursing in 2014, and from the University of California San Francisco Nurse Midwifery program in 2016. After graduating from Bowdoin, Kate's first job was co-teaching at an elementary school in Connecticut. While Kate loved teaching, she missed the team experience she'd had at Bowdoin as a coxswain on the crew team. When she learned about nurse midwives, Kate realized how perfectly this healthcare role combined what she loves about coxing, coaching, and teaching young people. After teaching for two years, Kate took time off to complete prerequisite courses for nursing school. 

Kate attended an accelerated Nursing program where she received her bachelors in nursing and passed the boards to become an RN in one year. After that, she spent two years getting her masters degree in nurse midwifery at the University of California San Francisco. As a nurse midwife, Kate provides patient-centered, evidence-based care both independently and alongside physicians, nurses, and specialists across a variety of departments. Kate loves being a part of team, supporting her patients in their toughest moments, and providing guidance, validation, and encouragement whether she is inserting an IUD, facilitating a prenatal group, or attending a birth. She currently works at Planned Parenthood where she is proud to support patients of all genders, ages, and backgrounds in their sexual and reproductive healthcare. 

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