B.S. in Biology; Minors in Chemistry and Sociology/Anthropology, Denison University, 2011
M.A. in Bioethics, New York University, 2015
Areas of Research/Interest:
Research ethics, palliative care, neurodegenerative diseases, physician/patient dynamics, and social theory.
I graduated from Denison University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Sociology/Anthropology. I was first introduced to medical ethics while abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during my collegiate Junior year. There I became particularly interested in end of life care, and patient autonomy in terminal situations. I completed an internship in palliative care the summer before my senior year at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, in which I shadowed different physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and home hospice nurses, and learned about their differing roles in the end of life process. After graduating from college I began working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Neurological Clinical Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, specializing in clinical trials for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). My aim through completion of this master’s program is to enter medical school with an understanding of how ethical principles, theories, and reasoning can be used to address many of the contemporary issues, decisions and responsibilities facing healthcare providers. Eventually, I plan to pursue a PhD in clinical bioethics; with the goal to implement proactive policies into our current healthcare system that take into account personalized medicine and high-level care for disadvantaged populations.
Massachusetts General Hospital, NEALS, Denison University Biological Society
Partners in Excellence Award 2012 Team Award Recipient
Regional Recipient of the Jean Wirths Scott Outstanding Change in Leadership Award (out of 2,700 members). Nominated for National Award
Gertzog, B.J., Kaplan, L.J., Nichols, D., Smith, G.R., Rettig, J.E. 2011. “Avoidance of three herbicide formulations by Eastern Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus)” Department of Biology, Denison University, Granville, OH 43023. Journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology.