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Janelle Aby

Dr. Janelle Aby

EMU grad year: 1986

major: Pre-Professional Health Sciences, pre-med track

current job/title: Clinical assistant professor of pediatrics
Stanford University

EMU prepared me wonderfully for my career. I was well served to have had a background in the study of science viewed through the lens of the knowledge of God.quote

I did my medical studies at the University of Virginia (and loved it!) and my internship and residency in pediatrics at Stanford University, where I currently work.

I am a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford.  My focus for the past four years has been on newborns, so I spend all my clinical time in the newborn nursery these days.  Because a significant part of my job is teaching, I have developed an educational website intended to assist our trainees (students and residents) in learning about newborns. It doesn't describe my job per se, but it represents what I do, and what I teach.  The address is

I think EMU prepared me wonderfully for my career.  A very poignant memory for me is sitting in Human Biology 101 as a freshman.  Dr. Sutter was teaching and spent a significant amount of time talking about the opportunity we had to learn about muscles from a human cadaver. 

He made sure we remembered this was a person who had dignity, family, and friends, and insisted that we treat the cadaver with the utmost respect. 

As I later entered medical school and compared notes with others (many of whom came from very elite colleges), I realized how rare an opportunity we had been given, and how important Dr. Suter's preamble was in setting the appropriate attitude in medical work. Our living patients too have dignity, family, and friends and we do well to remember to care about the whole person, not only the medical concern. What a difference it makes to see patients as amazing creations of a loving God! Although groups of Christians exist in the medical school setting, I was well served to have already had a background in the study of science viewed through the lens of the knowledge of God.

Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised to realize (during the interviewing process) that EMU's Biology department reputation is well established -- my EMU degree laid out something of a red carpet for me on the interview trail.  People seemed to recognize that this small college with its unique opportunities gave its graduates some distinct advantages, and produced future physicians who were conscientious, well-rounded, and prepared for further education.

In my opinion, the benefits of the “Ivy League” universities are realized at the graduate level, not the undergraduate level.  I would absolutely recommend a school like EMU; the education received there can take one anywhere else.