Alumni Interviews — Dr. Stephanie Guarino (’07)

With each year that passes there are more and more BIC graduates doing great work all over the world. Each year we publish brief Alumni Updates where our alumni can tell us some about their post-BIC lives. In addition to these annual updates, we post interviews with our alumni. Today we are excited to post an interview with Dr. Stephanie Guarino (’07). We hope you enjoy, and if you are interested in being interviewed for a future blog post, email us at BIC@baylor.edu.

What year did you graduate from Baylor? What did you study?

I graduated from Baylor in 2007 with a BA in University Scholars with concentrations in
Neuroscience and Art History.

Tell us some about your career and journey since graduating from Baylor.

I was part of the Baylor-Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) program, so after graduation I attended medical school at BCM then moved to Delaware for a residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (after getting married 2 days before graduation) and a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. I finished fellowship 2.5 years ago and currently split my time between running the Adolescent/Young Adult Oncology Program and the Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program in Delaware.

How has your BIC education influenced your life and/or work since leaving Baylor?

Although I was already accepted to medical school when I came to Baylor, my participation in the BIC has truly made me a better physician. The focus on primary texts, critical thinking and observation, and the rigorous writing and speaking, gave me communication tools that I didn’t learn anywhere else. Plus, I made some of my best friends in the BIC. It also helped me early on to hone my focus on health care disparities, which informs much of my research today.

Do you have any favorite memories from your time in BIC?

I particularly enjoyed the field trips and the senior banquet.

Do you have any advice for current BIC students?

No matter what you think you want to do, you will always be more successful if you can communicate. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or mentorship from people who are doing what you want to be doing.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Enjoy this time to read and write and think while you can–there is plenty of time for working after college.

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