Tutor Spotlight: Meet Madeline, Boston MCAT Tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 11/10/17 2:23 PM

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This week, we're spotlighting Madeline, one of our incredible MCAT tutors in Boston

Madeline is from the coastal town of Brunswick Maine and considers herself a “mainer” through and through.  She attended Middlebury College, majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and graduating magna cum laude. During her time at Middlebury she worked in a Developmental Biology laboratory, examining the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on fertility. Her undergraduate research inspired her to pursue her current position as a reproductive health researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in partnership with the Boston Center for Endometriosis.

Madeline is thrilled to be tutoring with Cambridge Coaching. Her favorite topics include biology, chemistry, and the MCAT. She loves to share her passion for these subjects with students.

In her free time Madeline can be found going for long walks, spending countless hours exploring art galleries and museums, and of course, baking and eating as many cupcakes and other sweet confections as possible. 

Let's get started with the basics, Madeline.  Where are you from?

I grew up in the small town of Brunswick Maine, home to Bowdoin College and as many restaurants per capita as San Francisco. Growing up my world was filled with hiking, skiing, and long days at the beach. I feel incredibly lucky to have been raised in a place that was not only safe, but in my heavily biased opinion one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

What did you decide to study, and why?

I grew up in the small town of Brunswick Maine, home to Bowdoin College and as many restaurants per capita as San Francisco. Growing up my world was filled with hiking, skiing, and long days at the beach. I feel incredibly lucky to have been raised in a place that was not only safe, but in my heavily biased opinion one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

What are you up to now? How did you decide to pursue this?

I work at Boston Children's Hospital doing Clinical Research in the Adolescent Medicine department. I work in a study that specifically focuses on reproductive health for adolescent and teenage girls. I absolutely love it, for I've always been interested in working with this patient population and women's health has long been one of my passions. Additionally, I knew I wanted to have some experience working directly with patients before medical school so this opportunity was perfect.

What do you imagine your life will look like in 5-10 years?

In five to ten years my dream would be to be done with medical school and completing a surgical residency or fellowship at an incredible hospital in a great city. I'd also hope to be in a place with easy access to hiking, skiing, and sailing, surrounded by the people that I love. I also hope that, even though I'm busy, I'm still baking cakes and have mastered French buttercream (a current work in progress).

What’s a lesson you’ve learned from teaching?

It's one that I'll probably never stop learning – how to ask the right questions and then get out of the way so that the student (or patient, or loved one, or whoever) can figure things out on their own.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, living or dead, which 3 people would you invite to your dinner party? What do you imagine you'd talk about?

Atul Gawande, Ina Garten, and LeBron James. I hope we'd have a conversation far ranging and fun, and cover topics as varied as chocolate soufflés, universal healthcare plans, and Dwayne Wade's trade to the Cavs.

Describe your perfect weekend morning.

Wake up early, go for a long walk, and have an incredible brunch with someone I care about, hopefully including both maple syrup and whipped cream.

What are three alternative career/life paths you have considered (even just for fun?)

When I was eight, a lobsterwoman. When I was 15, an interior designer. When I was 23, a wedding cake baker.

How do you stay focused and motivated?

I try to say yes to any experience and opportunity that comes my way, even if it's a little out of my comfort zone. By pushing myself I can be reminded of what my values are, how I want to conduct myself, and how I want to impact the world.

Are you interested in working with Madeline, either in Boston or online?

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