In her final year of medical school, when Allison Brindle was looking for residency programs, she was drawn to a place where the people seemed to enjoy their work, and where she thought she could have an impact. She was looking for a place like Washington College.
“From my first year at WC, I was always involved in a number of activities, I developed close relationships with my classmates and professors, and I never had the feeling of being anonymous,” Brindle says. “Because the pediatric curriculum is regulated, and because I knew I’d be picking up and moving somewhere new, a big part of my decision about residency programs was based on the people I would be working with. I came away from Gainesville with a gut feeling that I would be happy there. Washington College spoiled me in a way-I expect a more personalized approach everyplace I go.”
With her medical degree from University of Maryland, Brindle completed both her residency and her internship in pediatrics at Shands Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is now Associate Staff in Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatric Institute and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Board-certified in general pediatrics, she is particularly interested in preventive medicine, childhood and adolescent obesity, immuniations and child health advocacy.
“A lot of pediatricians get into the field because they want to work with toddlers and young children,” Brindle says, “and a lot of doctors treating adults don’t feel comfortable dealing with teenagers. That age group is interesting to me because they have their own set of needs, and it’s important to allow them to get off to a good start and to make good choices, to help them learn to be responsible for their actions. Once I gain the teenager’s trust they will be totally honest with me. As I physician I have a unique opportunity to reach out to these kids.”
Like so many other medical students who got their start at Washington College, Brindle pursued interests beyond medicine. In addition to her studies and summer research conducted with Dr. Verville, she played varsity basketball and was active in her sorority.
“Washington College encourages you to pursue all your interests, and I learned how to manage my time, how to maintain a healthy balance. That’s been especially important in my chosen line of work. I work a lot of hours, but I try really hard to maintain that balance between work and a personal life, so I don’t burn out. That’s something Dr. Verville always emphasized.”