University Alumni Spotlight:
Dr. Richard Drake '72
Major While at Mount Union: Biology
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
Current Job Title: Director of Anatomy and Professor of Surgery
Employer: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
I organize the anatomy education for students in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University.
Favorite Part of My Job
Working with the students. I enjoy being able to help them gain a foundation of knowledge so they can move forward with their medical studies.
I’m most proud of my book, “Gray’s Anatomy for Students,” which I wrote with another anatomist and a physician. I never expected to do a book – as a scientist you write papers and chapters of books, but I never had it on my radar to write a book. The third edition of the book just came out in March and is available in numerous languages around the world. We now look back and are amazed that we wrote it – it’s 1,100 pages and includes more than 1,000 illustrations.
Liberal Arts Foundation
Mount Union’s liberal arts foundation gave me a well-rounded experience so I had the opportunity to do things like participate in theatre and music and experience some history. I was also able to participate in track and football. Learning to communicate at Mount Union was extremely helpful. I give talks all around the world now about anatomy and medical school education and am co-editor of the journal Anatomical Sciences Education.
Mount Union Experience
While I was a student at Mount Union, I was made aware of many different opportunities in science, especially by Dr. Leonard Epp. It got me excited about science and research and opened a lot of doors. I learned that there was a lot more out there to take advantage of.
STEM in the Future
The future lies in jobs rooted in the STEM fields. Right now, we can see it with healthcare and the increased need for physician assistants and physical therapists. That’s where the future jobs are for today’s students.
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