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Sean Pyper
Fletcher Allen Health Care

Sean Pyper

Sean received his Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology) from Northwestern University in 2012, his M.D. from Northwestern University in 2012, and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Utah in 2002. He is currently a resident in pediatrics at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT-which is associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Sean loves that he is constantly challenged to further his knowledge and skills as resident and enjoys the continuous variety of the work he does. He enjoys working with incredibly dedicated, intelligent, and talented professionals- many of who are ranked leaders in their field, and also enjoys the rapport he has developed with his patients and their families.

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
My participation in the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program was my first true exposure to the world of basic scientific research. It was an invaluable resource in gathering direct research related experience, and finding mentors and role models for my future career. It was also where I first developed my love of basic science and discovery. It is a unique and incredible program and I was lucky to be a part of it.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Make a strong effort to find good mentors. Good mentors who can give you advice, perspective, encouragement and honest critical evaluation are of incredible value. Those relationships often bear fruit long after the time you work with them and are an asset to you all along your career path. I have an incredible respect for the people who have invested in me, believed in me, taught me, and helped mold me into the person I am today. I would never have made it through all of the lengthy and rigorous training without their support.


What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
Professionally I am proud of being a founding member of the American Physician Scientist Association. I am a graduate of the Medical Scientists Training Program at Northwestern University- which is a rigorous and strong academic program dedicated to training physician scientists to work in the medical and scientific fields and translating their scientific discovery to patient care. Personally, I am proud that I have been able to experience life and culture in many different places with people of many different cultures and backgrounds. I value those experiences as they have broadened my view of the world and have taught me more humility, curiosity, and compassion- all of which are qualities I find to be of constant value in my career and my personal life.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests?
In my free time, I enjoy socializing with my friends and family, reading (both for pleasure and for professional development), and spending time outside. I like running outdoors, and skiing in the Green Mountains in Vermont. I try to stay informed as a citizen of the U.S. and of the world through domestic and international travel, experiencing culture through art museums, shows, movies and documentaries, as well as through food and different restaurants.


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