Hillary Bollam Siebeneck, B.S. 1994

Self-Employed - Physician - Community Care Physicians - Dermotology

1994 Major: Biology and Economics

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Throughout my four years at Duke - I made wonderful friends that I have kept in close touch with- including my husband of 25 years! Professionally speaking, graduating from Duke with as a Biology and Economics double major helped me to put my best foot forward when applying to and studying at medical school - the courses within my Biology major prepared me well for the MCAT exam and for the classes I eventually took in med school. Studying Biology/pre-med at a world-renown research university like Duke was one of the reasons I didn't have to take a gap year between college and med school - allowing me to continue my education and complete my dermatology residency before age 30. As a women, this was a huge blessing for me, as I was able to start a family by age 29 and enjoy a well balanced life as mother of three and a dermatologist helping people within my community."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Biology programs? 

"I'm a firm believer in a balanced, healthy life-stye. Working hard "on the front side" and earning a degree in Biology from Duke will afford you the opportunity to have an impactful career in research, medicine or what-ever you choose to pursue! But when choosing your career path - don't forget to think about how you will be able to maintain a healthy balance between work and what I like to call the "5-Fs" - family, friends, fitness, fresh-air and fun!"


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