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CLEMSON, South Carolina – “Follow your dream. Know what you want to do, and pursue it” were the simple words of advice from dentist Ronnie D. Lee for Clemson students at the third annual “Tigers on Call” event on Sept. 22.
Healthcare providers from a range of professions assembled for a panel discussion.Image Credit: Pete Martin / Clemson University
A Clemson alumnus of 1976, Lee has been practicing dentistry in Aiken, South Carolina, for nearly 30 years. He joined a cast of approximately 50 healthcare providers – from fields such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and physical therapy – in giving words of wisdom to current Clemson students who are interested in pursuing many of the same specialties.
Beginning with a panel discussion, the providers – many of whom are also Clemson alumni – answered questions regarding everything from: “How important are entrance exams for professional school?” to “How often do you collaborate with other specialties in the healthcare system?”
Jessica Owens, director of health professions advising, had been planning the networking event since early spring.
“Students from past ‘Tigers on Call’ events have shared with us that the value is in the connections that they make. After one afternoon, they leave with a better understanding of the field that they hope to eventually join,” Owens said.
The field of medicine alone has more than 100 different specialties for doctors. Having such a large number of options can be daunting for students as they try to home in on their career paths.
“Here, students have the opportunity to gain exposure to the variety of sub-specialties that exist,” Owens said. “We actually have current medical students at this event who were student attendees at the first ‘Tigers on Call’ in 2015, which is a really cool perspective for today’s attendees to get.”
After the panel discussion were two round-table sessions, which student attendees had to register for in advance in order to …