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Biology department prepares alumnus for medical school
Andrew Jackenheimer describes benefits of studying biology at Huntington University, a Christian college.

"Having good solid role models as professors who were both believers of science and faith helped me strengthen my values and taught me to be honest."

Huntington University’s biology major is challenging, but 2006 alumnus Andrew Jackenheimer, M.D., says the rigorous expectations of HU left him feeling a year more advanced when he entered medical school than those coming in from larger schools.

Andrew had not planned to attend Huntington University, but after one visit and observing a mix of faith and science, he knew HU was a unique place where he wanted to be.

“I came from a small high school and didn’t want to become anonymous or just a number,” Andrew said. “I got to know all my professors, and we are still friends. My adviser, Dr. Bruce Evans, knew everything about me and gave me good advice.”

He said that the biology department expected much out of its students and set the bar high, but he felt better prepared for medical school because of it.

“Having good solid role models as professors who were both believers of science and faith helped me strengthen my values and taught me to be honest,” he said. “It’s something I would not have gotten at a big school.”

Andrew said he felt HU was more like a family to him. He said he appreciated the small size, and that when he walked down the sidewalk, he always saw someone he knew.

While at HU, Andrew not only dealt with a demanding school schedule, but he also was involved in campus activities. He played tennis for a year, went on a January Term trip to Camp Michindoh to teach children about science, was a lab assistant for both chemistry and biology classes, and was a student athletic trainer for two years. Andrew said he gained an increased interest in medicine through working with the men’s soccer and basketball teams.

Andrew graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2010 and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky at Chandler Hospital.

“The hours are difficult,” he said. “We work 80 hours a week, and we’re on call. You know your life is wake up, go to work, study and do it all over again.”

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