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From the Battlefield to the Operating Room

By Laura Otto

In the summer of 2000, Sean Malin was working as a white-water rafting guide on the Arkansas River in Colorado after teaching snowboarding all winter — a far cry from his current post as an operating room anesthesiologist. Realizing age would eventually catch up with him, Malin contemplated his next career move. Read more

Divided Interests Producing Higher Standards

By Laura Otto

Casey Nelson has many interests. “I always wanted to work in the public health sector, but I was also interested in doing more clinical, hands-on patient care,” says Nelson, 29. Working at a community nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, where she grew up, opened Nelson’s eyes to the possibility of pursuing both passions. Read more

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Major General Nadja West, M.D. ’88, Brings Poise and Intelligence to Her Role as Joint Staff surgeon at the Pentagon

By Kristin Hubing

Major General Nadja West, M.D. ’88, has a clear memory of her first day at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). “I was fresh out of West Point,” West says of that day 30 years ago. “In the military everyone stands at attention, so when the professor came into the classroom I almost stood up. I looked around and realized ‘I guess they don’t do that here,’” she recalls with a laugh. West, the United States Army Medical Command’s first female African-American two-star general, serves as the Joint Staff surgeon at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. She remembers her time as a GW medical student fondly, despite the transition from a structured military academy to a civilian education system. Read more