Keelan Boettcher

Post-Bacc Premedical Student | Former Orthopedic Device Rep

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On a cyclical journey. About 10 years ago I started at Ohio State saying “I’m going to medical school”, but jumped off this path fairly quickly.

I decided I wanted to work on healthcare from “above”, and transferred into the business school, majoring in finance with a sub-focus on corporate finance. I also did a healthcare focus program that included a yearlong process improvement case study at Wexner Medical Center and minored in public health.

I wasn’t sure exactly where to launch my career, but took a first job in software sales out in Boston that was supposed to be healthcare business intelligence tools. It was in fact cold-calling for backend databases. Not my thing.

In pivoting, I landed a job at Stryker Orthopedics in the Trauma & Extremities line. At 23, in about 2 months I went from a cubicle to the operating room. What an experience. Suddenly I was in surgery 5-7 days a week, learning all I could about orthopedics. I took call, attended resident fracture conferences, and learned from incredibly dedicated and talented physicians. All in all, over the 4 years I spent there, I was in over 3,000 surgeries across 30+ hospitals! It changed my perspective on where I wanted to be in healthcare.

I again set my sights on medical school, but needed science classes. I applied to the post-baccalaureate premedical program at Northwestern University and was fortunate to be admitted, and am set to complete the program in June 2024. In that time I have worked part-time in both research and as a patient care technician, and plan to work in the emergency room as an ED tech during my glide year.

I feel fortunate to have gained experience that ranges across the micro and macro in healthcare, all of which I think provides a unique perspective. For now, my focus is getting into medical school and working hard to become an excellent clinician. But I do think I have a solid foundation and interest in helping approach macro-level problems with “both hats”, and long-term would like to pursue leadership roles.

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