Dean and CEO talks medical school success with students

November 22, 2013 11:00 AM

Kirby Messinger

Students interested in a career in medicine learned about applying to medical school, getting through the interview process and success as a medical student from Tulane University alumnus Dr. Robert I. Grossman, CEO and dean of New York University Langone Medical Center.

Dr. Robert I. Grossman

“Medicine is still a great profession. Everyone can find their niche,” says Dr. Robert I. Grossman, a 1969 Tulane graduate who returned to the uptown campus to speak at event hosted by the Premedical Society. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

An award-winning researcher, passionate educator and widely published scholar, Grossman received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tulane before pursuing a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

As the leader of the NYU School of Medicine, Grossman has an intimate knowledge of the experience of applying to medical school. Although medical school continues to be competitive, Grossman gave students helpful tips on the application process and specifically how the interview process works. He spoke on Nov. 15 on the Tulane University uptown campus at an event hosted by the Premedical Society.

“People who are successful (in medical school) have really good work habits, are disciplined and have great organization skills,” Grossman said.

He encouraged students to find role models and mentors in the medical profession. Finding role models helps potential medical professionals decide what path they want to take in the world of medicine, Grossman said. He warned that choosing a specialty can sometimes by confusing and it’s helpful to know as early as possible what career path is best.

Grossman shared his own personal experience of applying to medical school and his path as a neurosurgery resident, to a career in radiology and his experience as administrator of one of the top medical schools in the country.  

Closing his talk, Grossman praised his education at Tulane and said the “sky was the limit.”

Encouraging the group of students who came to hear him speak, he said: “You’re at a great institution. You can be successful.”

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