Student Profiles

Get to know some of the current pre-health UBears and the amazing things they're doing!

Donald Detchou '19

Donald Detchou '19

Donald Detchou is a Neuroscience major and Francophone Studies minor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During his sophomore year at Bowdoin, he was accepted through early admisison to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He hopes to pursue a joint M.D./MBA program with Penn’s Wharton school, and to combine his experiences in medicine and business to impact healthcare systems around the world.

Donald was first exposed to healthcare disparities in Benin, a small country on the Western coast of Africa where he spent the first half of his life. Coming to the U.S. granted Donald the platform to pursue these interests through volunteer experiences in the American healthcare system during high school, and then again at Bowdoin, where he founded a club that mentors pre-med students from around the U.S. and helps them with their medical school application. He is particularly interested in the intersection of medicine and global health, with a focus on economic ways to improve health systems.

Donald chose to pursue the pre-health track because it allows him to incorporate his love for science with his long-term goals of improving the health of communities at large. Bowdoin's idea of the common good encouraged Donald to combine his interest in medicine with his passion for social advocacy and mentoring, and his close relationships with administrators, professors, peers, and friends provided him with both engaging academic opportunities and a close-knit support system.  He believes Bowdoin has prepared him to become a well-rounded health professional, and to be confident and successful as he continues along his health professions journey. 

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Eleanor Brakewood '19

Eleanor Brakewood '19

Eleanor Brakewood is a Biochemistry and Art History double major from Tewksbury, New Jersey. Eleanor hopes to attend medical school, potentially specializing in gynecologic oncology, and currently plans to spend her summers and time between Bowdoin and medical school working with women’s rights and sexual advocacy groups.

At Bowdoin, Eleanor was able to find a balance between her science classes and other interests, both academic and extracurricular. She was encouraged to invest in her love of art history, and to pursue that academic passion through a study abroad program in Edinburgh. Eleanor is also a member of the varsity track and field team, dances for the Modern Dance Collective, and is the Educational Curriculum Director of the Sex Project, a club that works to provide scientifically accurate sex education to Bowdoin students.

Eleanor is passionate about social issues and their interaction with healthcare, including the disparities that disadvantaged populations experience in accessing medical care, or the way that women’s bodies are treated by medical professionals and lawmakers. She wants to use medicine to address various forms of inequality, and hopes to combine her passions for healthcare advocacy and women's sexual and reproductive health in order to improve healthcare disparities domestically and internationally. 

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Michael Walsh '19

Michael Walsh '19

Michael Walsh is a Biochemistry and Education Coordinate major from Glen Gardner, New Jersey. He hopes to attend dental school and to become a practicing dental surgeon, with the long-term goal of becoming a professor of dental health. He is currently studying abroad at Columbia University for the spring of 2018.

At Bowdoin, Michael was the Class of 2019 Treasurer and a member on the Student Activities Funding Committee during his freshman and sophomore years. He is also involved in Let’s Get Ready, a volunteer club that tutors Math and Verbal SAT for students in the Portland, Maine area. His summers between semesters at Bowdoin have been spent conducting Ecology research in Canada and working on a science education research project in Brunswick, Maine. With Bowdoin's lack of designated pre-health track, Michael has been able to design his own curriculum to cater to his specific interests with assistance from the pre-health office. Because of this flexiblity, Michael has pursued other academic interests, including education and teaching, in addition to  being pre-dental, studying for the DAT, and applying to dental schools.

Michael is especially passionable about the disparities that exist in dental healthcare in the United States because of the lack of discussion about the subject. He wants to help start the conversation about the importance of aesthetically pleasing teeth for job prospects, the effect of oral hygiene on other health issues, and the difference in the dental healthcare experience between upper and middle class Americans with healthcare coverage and those who lack both insurance and proper health literacy. 

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