“I learned leadership and teamwork skills, two things that will benefit me immensely in my professional life.”
Andrew Arner ’17, an interdisciplinary health services major with minors in biology and interdisciplinary health care ethics from Bethlehem, Pa., has always known that he wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and work in medicine.
“Medicine changes lives,” he says. “My grandfather was a distinguished anesthesiologist. His bedside manner, as well as the countless stories of his skill and love of medicine, are a catalyst for my success and deepen my desire to work in medicine.”
This fall, Arner’s dream will be realized when he enters the physician’s assistant program at Drexel University, one of the top PA programs in the country. Arner, who serves as secretary of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honors Society and is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honors Society, credits his internship at Saint Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, where he amassed nearly 1,000 hours of clinical experience, as playing a strong part in his success.
Of his last four years at SJU, Arner says they were “an amazing opportunity for growth. I learned the values of integrity, accountability, dedication and sacrifice through a plethora of challenging and engaging classes on Hawk Hill. My professors instilled in me a work ethic and a maturity that I don’t believe I could have attained at any other institution. I learned leadership and teamwork skills, two things that will benefit me immensely in my professional life.”