Reprinted with permission from Upstate Medical University
Three Upstate students — and one from Oswego — are heading into medical residencies in ophthalmology.
Oswego native Laura Andrews (University of Maryland), Mark Breazzano (Vanderbilt University) and Spencer Langevin (Nassau University Medical College) will report to those schools in July 2015 after spending a transitional/preliminary year at a medical center to be determined on Match Day March 21.
Laura is a native of Oswego and earned a bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.
On ophthalmology: It is a fascinating field with a good mix of medicine and surgery. I enjoy microsurgery and I like the pace of the clinic and getting better at my exam.
It is also a very nice lifestyle for someone who plans to have a family, and there are several interesting subspecialty options. I’m currently most interested in retina but I also enjoy general ophthalmology.
Laura said she’s motivated by “a feeling that I want to be the best that I can possibly be, at whatever I do.” She’s not sure about a career goal, but there are things she likes about both private practice and academic medicine.
“My husband and I will probably try to stay on the east coast or maybe move a little farther south,” she said. “After my training, I’d love to live and work abroad at some point.”
Upstate highlights: Her favorite courses were Anatomy with Dr. Berg and Eye Pathology with Dr. Barker-Griffith. “The friends I made during first year are one of the best parts about med school,” she said.