Jack Rooney | December 28, 2018
Taking a traditional path never much interested Mark Winkler ’11.
He arrived at Notre Dame in fall 2008 as a transfer student from the University of Kansas. He knew he wanted to go to medical school, but he sought something beyond a strictly science-based course of study.
“I wanted a broader experience than just a traditional biology or chemistry major,” Winkler said. “I enjoyed economics, so I took a few classes and found I could explore a wide range of ideas and topics.”
He chose to major in economics and Arts and Letters pre-health, a combination he says led to him to where he is now — a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine and a resident physician in radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco.
And at every step along the way — including a year of service in Guatemala — Winkler has relied on his Arts and Letters education to guide him.
“I use almost every single bit of it every day,” Winkler said. “I can firmly tell you that I have serious doubts I would be where I am had I not taken the liberal arts track at Notre Dame.”
In the College of Arts and Letters, Winkler pursued a diverse undergraduate education and found ways to blend his interests in classes such as health and behavioral economics.
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