Matthew Growdon

Matthew Growdon

Class of 2007, Modern Europe
Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Matthew Growdon

Thesis Title: Ford Madox Ford and the Wartime Mind

What Now: Resident in internal medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

What Next: Clinical medicine and health systems research and policy related to the aging population

I vividly recall agonizing over my choice of concentration, feeling that I would be torn apart by seemingly disparate interests in the humanities and medicine. Fortunately, History and Literature proved to be a fertile environment in which to combine these interdisciplinary interests. In tutorials and seminars, I studied diverse topics from the incipient public health movement of 18th-century America to the early 20th-century debate surrounding shell shock and wartime mental illness, the topic of my senior thesis. These experiences situated my premedical coursework in a rich historical context, encouraging me to approach the practice of modern medicine with an open mind and an abiding humanity. Strong writing, editing, and communication skills; contextual and nuanced thinking; and an appreciation for how people document the human experience through media such as literature, art, language, and history—these are just a few examples of invaluable skills from History and Literature that have guided my career in medicine.

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