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Incoming Medical Student Reflects on Catholic Studies Education  

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During his time as an undergraduate, Tony Varughese also participated in Seton Hall's Global Brigades medical mission trip to Honduras in May 2015.

When the new Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University opens its doors this fall, Tony Varughese '17, will be one of its new medical students. The biology major and chemistry/Catholic studies double minor recently spoke with us about how his Catholic studies education will help him in medical school and beyond.

"The Catholic studies program enriched my schooling because it complemented my science background by giving me a broad liberal arts education. During my medical school interviews, my Catholic studies education was brought up since it was unique and distinctive in comparison to other medical school applicants.

My most remarkable experience with the Catholic studies program was my spring break study abroad course, Italy in the Footsteps of the Saints: Rome & Sicily. Taught by Inez Murzaku, Ph.D., this course explored the art, architecture, prominent historical figures, and culture of Rome and Sicily. My highlight of the trip was seeing the breathtaking Biblical depictions by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel blended with subtle expressions of his anatomical genius.

I am grateful for my Catholic studies education, and I look forward to applying the principles and foundations I learned when I treat patients. The various Catholic studies faculty have given me the tools to face the moral and ethical dilemmas of tomorrow."