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Alumni Highlight: Canary Ly ’17, RN working toward her DNP!

Career Update with Canary Ly ’17

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Secondary Education Studies

Tell us about life after Middlebury. After Middlebury, I worked for a year as a Medical Assistant at a gynecology office in Vermont while taking prerequisite courses for graduate school. I was accepted to a few schools and chose UMass Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in which I am currently a second year student. The program includes an accelerated year of studies after which I was eligible to receive my Registered Nurse license. Upon passing my board exams, I started working part time at a community health center and per diem at a local hospital, both of which I balance with school. Only 2.5 more years for the doctorate!

Where are you working? I currently work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2 locations: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and UMass Memorial Medical Center Marlborough Hospital.

How did you find your job(s)? Networking! When I initially moved to Shrewsbury, MA, I put my name out as a babysitter on a Facebook community forum, and started sitting for a few doctors in town. Once I passed my boards, they were able to put in a good word for me at the hospital.

How did CCI help you find this opportunity? When I was at Middlebury I worked as a Front Office Assistant at CCI. After working with such a great group of people there, I saw the benefits of branching out and not being afraid to ask for help. It never hurts to ask!

What advice do you have for Middlebury students looking for an internship? Push yourself to do the most you can. Network, be yourself, and never forget that you have a great community of resources at your fingertips. You just have to use them!

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? The most rewarding part of working two different jobs is that I get to see the best of both worlds: seeing families and getting to work with kids in the outpatient setting, and then being a part of the treatment team and caring for sick adults in the inpatient setting!

What do you wish you knew before interning that you would like to share with Middlebury students? Don’t doubt your ability to learn on the job–it’s not always about knowing everything in the books! Also, no question is a dumb question.

If you want to network, you can connect with Canary via Midd2Midd!

Are YOU interested in being in the Alumni Highlights? Tell us about your post-Middlebury experience here.

Work This Summer with Kids with Chronic Illnesses – Info Session -1/9 @4:15P

Come join staff from The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to discuss their paid summer staff and year-round volunteer opportunities.

WHEN: Thursday, January 9th

TIME: 4:15-5:15 PM

LOCATION: Coltrane Lounge, Adirondack House

RSVP on Handshake HERE.

Hole in the Wall is a non-profit organization based in Connecticut that provides residential camp programming and regional outreach to children and families dealing with serious and chronic illnesses. Staff and volunteer opportunities are fun, fulfilling, and look great on a resume.

They are also looking to fill a post-grad position in Philadelphia with a graduating senior who is highly motivated to develop and deliver Hole in the Wall Gang Camp style activities and interactions to young people (toddler through young adult), individually and in groups, in hospital and clinic settings.  They will collaborate with on-site professionals to offer supportive and uplifting programs for children and families affected by childhood illness and bring the spirit of The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp (Safety, Respect and Love) to all activities and interactions.

Want to Combine Your Love of Data and Healthcare? Apply to work at Mass General!

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:   The Harvard Aging Brain Study is seeking a full-time Data Coordinator for a neuroimaging research program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Our group investigates alterations in brain function, structure, and molecular pathology in normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease. This position joins the data processing and informatics team and would take responsibility for day to day database and data management tasks, running and maintenance of ETL pipelines, running of automated quality assurance tasks, and production of bespoke datasets and SQL queries to aid researchers. This role presents a great opportunity for those seeking an entry point into the burgeoning data science field. The Data Coordinator will work with, and report directly to the Data Analytics Manager. 


  1. Managing permissions for database access.
  2. Assembling datasets to allow researchers to answer complex research questions.
  3. Assist in the implementation of automated Quality Assurance routines.
  4. Maintenance and further refinement of lab ETL pipelines.
  5. Aid in the testing of new database and data management systems.
  6. Assist in the Storage, organization, and security of large neuroimaging and genetics datasets.
  7. Develop documentation for informatics system and associated tools.
  8. Assisting with data reporting and monitoring for regulatory oversight.


  1. Very detail-oriented and highly organized.
  2. Familiarity with relational databases such as MySQL, SQL server etc.
  3. Competencies with programming/scripting languages, such as MATLAB, Python, or Java.
  4. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  5. Must be highly motivated and well-organized, personable, and have good communication skills.

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Math, or other relevant discipline.

EXPERIENCE:  No work experience is required, though 2+ years of experience including expertise with statistical analysis preferred. Experience through coursework or undergraduate/graduate research projects is applicable.

Learn more and apply on Handshake!

Health Professions Week Nov 16-21

Does Your Career Change Lives?

Health Professions Week (HPW) is a nationwide collaboration between today’s healthcare and education organizations designed to provide reliable, accessible resources to explore careers in the health professions.

If you are considering a future in the health professions, HPW is your one-stop-shop to explore over 20 career options. Registrants receive access to a personalized website with curated, on-demand content introducing the participating health professions, as well as access to exclusive live events featuring opportunities for one-on-one career advice.

All prospective health professionals are welcome to register for #HPW2019, including career changers, high school, college and graduate students, both domestic and international.

Free. Online. On-Demand.November 16th-21st. Register here.

Walking on Eggshells in Medical Schools

Is it possible to train doctors without hurting anyone’s feelings?

“I trained to be a doctor in the bad old days — not the worst old days, but the bad old days. Humiliation was part of the deal, sometimes deliberately inflicted by certain grandstanding, sadistic attending physicians, sometimes more casually, because everyone could see that you didn’t know something you should have known.”

Read the full NYT article by Perry Klass, MD here.

The Pre-Health Society Presents: The PA Perspective

Join an engaging dinner conversation with Cooper Couch ‘14.5 and learn more about being a PA (Physician Assistant) and advocating for LGBTQIA+ healthcare.

Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Ross Basement (Ross 011)

Questions? Contact the Pre-Health Society.
Check out the PHS pamphlet here and a list of the Fall events here.