George Mellgard, B.A. 2017

Resident Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Irving Medical Center – New York, NY

2017 Major: Classical Civilizations

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

"My background in Classics has given me a framework for which to consider the foundations of healthcare ethics as well an approach to engage patients in what they value most in life. More importantly, the skills I learned from starting, researching, and completing a thesis within the department have allowed me to understand the process and the delayed gratification of scientific and clinical research."

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

"Enjoy it! Four years of learning about Greek and Roman philosophy, history, and culture with fantastic professors what more could you want?"

George Mellgard