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FALL2014COMMUNIQU5timetobecordialandhelpful.WhenhelefttheIslanditwasanadjustmentforhimwhenstrangersweresurprisedwhenheofferedtohelpandpeopleheknewwouldntacknowledgehiminpassing.HornbecameawareofhisinterestinmedicinewhiledoinghisundergraduateworkatAlbionCollegeinkinesiology.WithmyupbringingAlbionwastheperfectsizeformehesaid.Professorswouldcallusinviteustodinnerhelpusdoresearch.Itwasverypersonable.Hewasattractedtoorthopedicsorsportsmedicinebutalsointerestedinsportspsychologynutritionbiomechanicsandexercise.Inosteopathicmedicinehefoundtheopportunitytomeldtheseinterestsinaholisticapproach.HefeelscomfortableatMSUCOMandisinterestedinemergencymedicinesportsmedicinecommunityintegratedmedicineandwildernessmedicine.ThesonofoneoftheIslandsfewnursesHornrecentlywasvisitedbyhispast.IdidntthinkIknewwhatIwantedinhighschoolbutattheendofoursenioryearwewrotealettertoourfutureselves.Ijustgotmineback.Itnotedthenmyinterestinmedicalschoolorthopedicsorsportsmedicine.Helovesbikinghuntingshingbeingasocialkindofguyandfooddiversity.WhatsthatIwasraisedonvenisonpotatoesandbeans.InowhaveaccesstoaworldoftasteThaiIndianandsoforthandImtryingeverykindoffoodIcan.HornsfamilymembershavebeendenizensofMackinacIslandforatleast150years.AsanundergraduateJergerpresentedherresearchatstateandnationalmeetingsoftheSocietyforNeuroscience.MacombShapingthefuturebyconqueringthepresentSTEPHANIEJERGEROvercomingthemostsignicantchallengeofherlifehasshapedStephanieJergersbodyattitudesinterestscommitmenttoothersandprofessionalchoices.Theyearbeforeshewastoenterhighschoolsheenduredatraumaticheadinjurysufcienttorequireopen-headsurgery.Shefracturedheroccipitalboneandsufferedahyponatremia-inducedcoma.AyoungwomanwhowasactiveinsportsandlovedbeingwithherfriendsJergerwassuddenlyoutofcommission.Onceshereturnedtoschoolshecouldonlydohalf-daysforayear.Shehadsevererestrictionsonheractivitiesandcouldnttryanythingathleticeitheronteamsorforrecreation.Herreactiontothecatastrophehasdevelopedhermorethanathleticsevercould.ThiswasahugelifelessonJergersaysanditmadememoremotivatedthananythingtobecomethepersonIwasbefore.Itwasdiscouragingeverythingchangedinanegativeway.ButIdontgiveupanditwouldnotpreventmefromdoingwhatIwantedtobeforeithappened.IttookacoupleofyearsformetogetbackwhereIhadstartedshesaid.ThefrustratingpartwasthatasIwastryingtogetbacktonormalotherswereveryprotective.Withherinabilitytotakepartinmanyofherinterestsduringherhealingshelookedforsomethingtokeepherselfoccupied.Itturnedouttobeherinjuryitself.MyinterestinmedicineingeneralgrewasIsawspecialistsandneurosurgeonsasanoutpatientshesays.Iwasfascinatedresearchingmyaccidentandthesciencebehindit.Iwascaptivatedbymybodysabilitytowithstandwhathappened.Ifoundmyphysiciansvaluesalignedwithmineanditbecameasegueintomypassionformedicine.BythetimeJergerwasreadytograduatefromLeeHonorsCollegeatWesternMichiganUniversitywithadegreeinbiomedicalsciencesandchemistryshehadalreadymadeamarkintheneurosciences.WorkinginaresearchlabshewasabletopresentattwoSocietyforNeuroscienceconferencestheMichiganchapterinDetroitandthenationalmeetinginSanDiego.Hertopicwasglialcellline-derivedneurotrophicfactorandhowitchangeswithaginginskeletalmuscle.Shealsowasnamedthe2013DistinguishedPreprofessionalinBiologicalSciencesreceivedanannualawardforthehighestacademicperformanceinGeneralPhysicsIIandgarneredtwoawardsfromtheuniversitytofundherresearch.ShealsolearnedthepowerofserviceandoflisteningvolunteeringasatutorforbothyoungchildrenandbiologystudentsintheERincommunityschoolsandinthestreetsofKalamazoo.IntheyearbeforeshebeganmedicalschoolsheworkedasascribeforapulmonologistintheICUatBeaumontHealthSystem.ImveryhappyhereJergersaidofheradmissiontoMSUCOM.Ivealreadyseensomeofthebenetsofclinicalcorrelationswithanatomy.Ithaspaiddividendsandwillcontinuetopaydividends.STUDENTS