Career & Leadership Development

Life on Tap: Medicine and Healthcare

How do the liberal arts help doctors, nurses, and surgeons? Many would scoff at such an idea and tell students to just go straight to medical school. And yet, if a student were to go that route, they would lose an invaluable background that often sets medical professionals apart from their peers, leading to greater success later.

Every day, medical professionals are faced with countless decisions. How do they know which one is the right one? Having the ability to think critically about a subject helps immensely with this. But what about communicating properly with patients? Again, this is where a liberal arts education can often make the difference, with its focus on communication skills setting these medical professionals apart.

Many Christendom alumni have taken their liberal arts education into the medical world to great success. They now work as doctors, lawyers, surgeons, and dentists, with their liberal arts education helping them get through graduate school and beyond.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): “As you select a college remember that just as in high school, a good liberal arts education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician. You’ll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. But it’s important for your college experience to be broad. Taking courses in the humanities or liberal arts will help you prepare for the ‘people’ side of medicine.”

At Christendom’s Life on Tap alumni networking series, successful medical professionals have returned to campus to speak on how they used their liberal arts education and the career preparation they received at Christendom to find post-graduate success.

Watch these talks below.


Life on Tap featured alumni Dr. John-Paul Jansen and Dr. John English. Jansen (’11) is an internal medicine specialist in Winchester, Virginia, with eleven years of diverse experiences,  especially in internal medicine and at Virginia-area hospitals. English (’06) is a Board-Certified General Surgeon specialist located in Front Royal, Virginia.

Nursing and Counseling

At Life on Tap, alumnae Catherine McFadden and Margaret Luckey returned to campus to speak on their careers in nursing and counseling. McFadden is a 2016 graduate of Christendom, majoring in philosophy, and is now a nurse at Winchester Medical Center. Luckey is a pre-licensed professional counselor, located in Alexandria, Virginia. Specializing in a large variety of conditions, from depression, to grief, to mental health issues, Luckey is highly experienced, utilizing her Catholic faith to be a counselor and provider to some of the most broken in society.


Alumnus Joby Norton (’10) who majored in philosophy before graduating from George Mason University’s Accelerated Nursing Program with his BSN, spoke to the studetnsabout the benefits of having a liberal arts degree in nursing. He currently works in the Cath Lab at Winchester Medical Center. Angelica Cintorino (‘14) is an RN with her BSN from Marymount University. She works on the Adult Acute Care, General Medical unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA. In addition to her nursing responsibilities, she is also preceptoring nursing students and new nurses for her unit.

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