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Outside the Lab Profession

Genetics, GI Pathology, and Golden Retrievers

You come from a medical family…

My father was a prominent surgeon in our community and patients recognized him whenever we went out as a family. I was so impressed by their admiration, his passion for surgery, and his dedication to his patients that I wanted to be just like him. I used to go on patient rounds with my father on weekends when I was in high school and did a summer internship in surgery while in college. I never even considered entering a field of medicine other than general surgery. I planned to specialize in gastrointestinal (GI) surgery.

So where did you get your passion for pathology?

In accordance with my career plan, I spent five years in a general surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In my program, most residents completed three clinical years, took two years for research, and then returned for two more clinical years. My research was in a surgical nutrition and GI surgical laboratory with John Rombeau, and it was that experience that inspired me to continue studying GI disease – but as a pathologist, rather than a surgeon. I found I was much more interested in studying disease pathogenesis, teaching, and research than in the technical aspects of operating.

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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