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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