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EU alumni perspective: Todd Pierce

Name: Todd Pierce

Graduation Year: 2006

Major: Pre-Med (Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry)

Current Position: PGY1 Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Seton Hall

City and State: Paterson, NJ

Tell us about your career and what you do now.

In 2013, I graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine. I took some time to do research in orthopedic surgery. I am now in medical residency training to be an orthopedic surgeon.

What is your favorite memory from Evangel?

I remember working the front desk at Lewis Hall. I had a huge boom box (most people at EU won’t know what that is) and I would blast all the latest Christian hip-hop as I studied things like Organic Chemistry.

How did Evangel help you identify/develop your calling?

I came into Evangel knowing my calling was, in fact, to be in medicine. I also had a general idea I would probably be doing something along the lines of orthopedic surgery. Evangel allowed me opportunities to cultivate those gifts.

How did your experience at Evangel prepare you for life after graduation?

I never really knew what it looked like to be a “Christian professional.” I learned what that meant while at EU. Also, being from the Washington DC area, I didn’t know what communities like EU were like (rural, Midwest), and I think it was important that I experience something outside my comfort zone.

What advice would you give a current student preparing for the workforce?

I am a firm believer in mentorship. There are people out there (pointing at myself) who have made more mistakes than you could throw a stick at and I would love to prevent the next generation from making those same mistakes. Also, be willing to accept correction. I cannot tell you how many people I meet who think they are infallible (especially in medicine).  

What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates from Evangel?

I want the ideal team player (read the book by Patrick M. Lencioni, The Ideal Team Player). I would encourage anyone graduating to read that book because this is the person you want to be and the companies you apply to should be looking for these things.