Pre-Medicine Alumni Success Stories

Randolph-Macon alumni in medical school, or with medical careers all agree: their R-MC education paved the way for their success. Through a challenging curriculum, one-on-one attention from professors who truly care, and a dedicated staff, the R-MC experience prepares students for the rigors of medical school. 

  • Allyssa Warren ’13, Second-year Medical Student, Eastern Virginia Medical School

    pre-med alumniAt R-MC, Warren majored in religious studies and biology. She also conducted research in mycology, and she worked as a peer mentor and biology tutor. Combined, her R-MC experiences helped her gain the skills and confidence she needed to apply to medical school. Warren is the first R-MC student to be accepted to Eastern Virginia Medical School through RMC’s BS-MD program agreement with EVMS. “My liberal arts education has been crucial to helping me maintain a balanced perspective in medical school,” says Warren. “It is easy to forget that medicine is an art; medical students become inundated with facts and figures and can become lost in the science of medicine. My liberal arts background ensures that I never lose sight of the awareness gained through the integration of diverse types of knowledge.”

  • Vince Arnone ’11, Fourth-year Medical Student, UNC School of Medicine  
    Vince Arnone

    Arnone majored in biology and chemistry at R-MC. “I took advantage of everything R-MC had to offer and it prepared me for success on many levels,” says Arnone, who is applying for residency positions in the field of neurology. His SURF project, in reproductive biology, and his capstone, in microbiology/chemistry, exposed him to all aspects of research methodology. “R-MC faculty are exceptional in their fields, and having such a breadth of course selection really prepared me for the boundless diversity in medical education,” he says.

  • Dr. Alex Ramirez ’09, First-year Resident, Foot and Ankle Surgery Residency Program, Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Ramirez majored in biology at R-MC and earned his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. At Randolph-Macon, his interest in podiatry led to an internship and a shadowing experience. “I felt that podiatry had everything I was looking for in a medical career,” says Ramirez, who volunteered in hospitals and clinics in Cusco, Peru and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in between his third and fourth years of medical school.  “R-MC’s small classes allowed for intimate learning and were a good preparation for medical school classes.”
  • Lindsay Regali, M.D. ’09, First-year Resident in Anesthesiology, UVA
    Lindsay Regali

    Dr. Regali, who graduated from R-MC with a major in chemistry and biology and a minor in Spanish, went into medical school hoping to pursue emergency medicine, but fell in love with anesthesia during her third- and fourth-year rotations. “I love the brief but intense contact with patients that allows me to devote my full attention to one patient at a time,” she says. “The field also allows one to pursue a variety of career paths, including critical care and pain management.” Dr. Regali, who earned her M.D. from UVA, hopes to complete a fellowship in either pediatric anesthesia or critical care and will likely stay in academic practice. “The best thing about R-MC is the one-on-one contact students have with professors and other students,” she says.

  • Brandon Nunnally ’09, Fourth-year Medical Student, UVA School of Medicine

    Brandon Nunnally

    Nunnally, who plans a career in emergency medicine, worked as an emergency department scribe when he was a student at R-MC. The job not only helped to confirm his interest in going to medical school, but also allowed him numerous networking opportunities. “The close relationships that the students and professors form at R-MC really make the difference in the college experience,” says Nunnally, who majored in biology and minored in chemistry. “I felt the biggest benefits of my R-MC education during my third year of med school, when we got out of the classroom and onto the hospital wards. This not only required us to have excellent interpersonal skills, but to be comfortable and confident with public speaking The preparation that I received from the Randolph-Macon Biology Department really set me up for success.”

  • Elliot Asare, M.D. ’06, General-surgery Resident, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee

After graduating magna cum laude from R-MC with a double major in chemistry and biology, Dr. Assare attended the College of Medicine at Howard University, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society. Now a general surgery resident, Dr. Asare says what he appreciated most about R-MC included the opportunity for research experience, the broad-based liberal arts education, the friendly community—and the supportive faculty. “They are available and approachable, and they are committed to the success of each student.”

  • Marli Kern ’02, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, VCU Health System, and affiliate faculty at the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia

Marli Kern 1The idea that she could combine her love for science and her desire to care for people motivated Kern to follow her career path. At R-MC, Kern majored in biology and Spanish and minored in chemistry. She earned her B.S. in nursing from the University of Virginia and her M.S. in nurse anesthesia from VCU.

“At R-MC, I was able to double major, study abroad, do research—and graduate in just four years,” she says. “Small class sizes and an individualized course of study allowed me to tailor my curriculum to best fit my long-term goals. Participating in shadowing experiences within the healthcare profession ultimately lead me to choose nurse anesthesia as my career.” Nurse anesthesia is often described as both a science and an art. “The marriage of these elements makes the profession incredibly challenging but also very rewarding,” says Kern.

  • Ruth Shoge ’02, O.D., Assistant Professor and Chief, Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Services, The Eye Institute, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University

Ruth Shoge“R-MC was instrumental in preparing me for success,” says Shoge, who majored in biology and minored in ethics. R-MC’s rigorous coursework prepared her for the challenges she would face in optometry school. She also participated in the SURF (Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship), program. “That instilled in me lifelong intellectual curiosity and the duty to contribute to efforts that will improve the lives of the patients we care for.”  Shoge, who earned her O.D. from PCO, did a post-grad residency in pediatrics and vision therapy. “When I was a student at PCO, I learned that one can specialize in pediatrics, and that is the course I took. After my residency, I worked in a private practice before returning to PCO for a full-time clinical faculty position. Within a couple years I was promoted to chief of the department. Today, I am an investigator on several research opportunities at work, and even had the opportunity to start my own research project.”

  • Jeremy Sauer, M.D.,’97, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, VCU

Dr. Jeremy SauerAfter graduating from R-MC with a degree in biology, Dr. Sauer earned his master’s degree in anatomy and neurobiology, and his M.D. from VCU. He also did his residency in emergency medicine at VCU. Prior to taking on his current position, he worked in emergency departments at Memorial Regional Medical Center, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Rappahannock General Hospital, and Southside Regional Medical Center. “I enjoy the variety that emergency medicine offers,” he says. “I train the next generation of emergency physicians at the bedside while they complete their residency.” His R-MC education prepared Dr. Sauer for whatever comes his way. “R-MC gave me an education that allows me to thrive in any situation. Randolph-Macon prepares students to handle a broad variety of situations and professions.”

  • Rebecca Swan, M.D. ’86, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Residency Program, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

swan rebecca “The combination of helping others while learning more about the human body and understanding how it works (and what happens when it doesn’t work) seemed to make medicine the right path for me,” says Dr. Swan. “I wanted a smaller school that would allow me to pursue a variety of non-science interests on my way to medical school.” Swan, who majored in chemistry at R-MC, says, “The liberal arts education has been a defining force in who I have become and it clearly benefited me as a doctor.”



  • Steve Long, M.D. ’82, Co-founder, Commonwealth Pain Specialists   

Dr. Long recently spoke to R-MC pre-medical students, telling them about his professional life and advising them about medical careers. “This led to students asking if they could come into my private practice and shadow me,” says Dr. Long. “I love having students shadow me, and while they often don’t understand the technical aspects of what I do, they are very bright, engaging and energetic and ask many stimulating and provocative questions. That keeps me on my toes and reminds me to remember how to teach the basics and how to best interact with my patients.”