On Aug. 5, Melissa Stout Davies ‘10 was one of 162 students in the charter class of the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine to begin the first day of classes in the program’s history. Since then, the last few months have been difficult yet rewarding for Davies as she balances her course load with the birth of her first child. Campbell Magazine talked to Davies about her journey to medical school and her aspirations to be an OBGYN (inspired by “The Cosby Show”) in its Summer issue. We Are Campbell caught up with her recently to speak with her again to see how medical school is going now that the school year is two months in. The following is an edited transcript.
How have your impressions of the medical school changed over the last few months?
My impressions have changed for the better. Everything has been beyond my expectations. I have professors and staff constantly asking how I’m doing, just little things to show that they actually care about us, and they’re rooting for us. They’re really reaching out to the students, making sure that we’re comfortable, and they’re actually concerned about us. Everything has been a really good experience.
What was one thing that surprised you about the medical school?
[Before coming to Campbell’s medical school] I had friends in medical school, and I would always say, “Oh my gosh, how do they have time for anything else?” I was expecting them to just study, but you’ll drive yourself crazy if you’re studying 24/7. It’s really easy to get caught up in school and all of the things that we have to do, but you’ll eventually learn how to filter through that material.
How has it been managing classes with your newborn baby?
When I started, my baby was just six weeks old, [and] it is difficult. A support system has been key. I could not do this without my mom and my husband, who watch the baby during the day. They know how serious this is and how important it is. It’s still hard, but it makes it a little easier to find that balance as far as managing the baby and studying. I could not imagine doing this without my family.
What would you say to future medical school students?
You need to have fun and take some free time to do what’s enjoyable. Just because you’re in school doesn’t mean that you can’t have hobbies or extracurricular activities. It’s a lot at first, but you eventually learn to toughen up, and the important thing is that you’re not going to be perfect. You made it to medical school! You’re here, do the best you can, and have fun. —Interview conducted and edited by Rachel Davis | Photo by Bryan Reagan