The Medical School Doctor is In

Summer days at Amherst College are among the busiest of the year for Dr. Richard Aronson ’69, a physician who spends his days reviewing medical school applications, writing letters of recommendations, mentoring students and alumni and doing anything else needed to help prepare Amherst graduates for careers in health.

Dean Aronson, the health professions adviser at Amherst’s Career Center, says he might be one of only a handful of physicians in the country working as an undergraduate career adviser and mentor in higher education.

He believes – and his colleagues agree – that his professional background as a clinical pediatrician for 10 years, and as a public health official in Vermont, Wisconsin and Maine provides Amherst students a rare opportunity to gain perspective from someone who’s been through what they aspire to achieve.

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