Douglas Osmon ’82, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Having a liberal arts degree gave me a breadth of knowledge and experience that allowed me to understand better my patients who have varying backgrounds and experiences. By understanding your patients, you can more effectively help them.
At Macalester, my education in the sciences was excellent. I was a biology major. I also took many classes in English. I met and learned from many different persons with diverse backgrounds.
Through these experiences I was able to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. I came to Macalester thinking I was going to be a businessman and ended up in medical school. The liberal arts education I received allowed me to figure out that life path.
I would advise Macalester students planning on medical school to learn as much about people and topics outside of medicine as possible. It is this knowledge and experience that will allow you to effectively use and communicate your knowledge of medicine you learn in medical school and beyond to the patients you are lucky enough to care for and serve.