Patrick Brown '05

Brown, Patrick_

Chemistry major

Medical resident, radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

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"The most important thing I gained at Hendrix was a great mentor ... In addition, I learned what was needed to navigate the academic world of research, grant writing, gaining funding, writing papers, and making presentations."

Current projects

I am currently completing my residency in the radiology department. My clinical duties include the design and interpretation of diagnostic imaging procedures (including radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine) as well as performing interventional radiologic procedures and the clinical management of interventional radiology patients. In addition, I am actively participating in educational activities for Harvard medical students and working on a research project focusing on thoracic duct embolization procedures.

Undergraduate Research

I worked with Dr. Tom Goodwin on his research with African elephant urinary pheromones, conducting laboratory experiments with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry in order to isolate putative sex pheromones from female African elephant urine. Later, I learned and implemented methods for conducting behavioral bioassays with captive male African elephants at Riddle's Elephant Sanctuary.

How Hendrix prepared me for success

The most important thing I gained from my research experience at Hendrix was a great mentor and friend in Dr. Goodwin. In addition, I learned what was needed to navigate the academic world of research, grant writing, gaining funding, writing papers, and making presentations. This has proven invaluable to me since Hendrix. I've so far been able to design and execute two research protocols of my own, one at the medical student level and another at the resident level.

Future plans

To complete my residency training in Boston and then complete a fellowship in interventional radiology and image-guided therapy.

My advice

Explore your surroundings. Study broadly and take advantage of the opportunity you have now. Also, follow your heart and work at something about which you can be passionate. When you do that, your work can't help but be fruitful.