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Dorosella Kaluma ’11

Mental Health Care Partner, Cambridge (MA) Health Alliance

Tufts University School of Medicine, MS in Pain Research Education and Policy

Pine Manor College, Biology Major and National Science Foundation BioScholar

Oliver Ame High School, North Easton, MA

Life after Graduation

When asked to reflect on her journey after graduation Dora wrote: “Since graduating from Pine Manor I’ve consistently set new goals that I have been achieving. I have worked in biotechnology and also for health care advocacy organizations. Most recently, I have earned a graduate degree that is aligned with my overall career interest in pain and its management in clinical care. I will use my knowledge and skills in my newest job, and eventually continue on to medical school. I am employed by the Cambridge Health Alliance, working as a Mental Health Care Partner. I collaborate with primary care physicians to help create individual care plans for patients with depression, substance abuse or alcohol abuse along with their other diagnoses such as diabetes or COPD. I function as a specialist assisting the integration of mental health into primary care.

I see myself in 10 years having completed medical school and focusing on building my specialty of clinical care and research in psychiatry and pain management. PMC has given me a great foundation of knowledge and fundamental tools which have helped me quickly adapt and learn in new environments, both in the workplace and academia.”

How PMC Helped Me

“When searching for an undergraduate school, the inviting nurturing environment faculty and staff displayed at the college’s Open House resonated with me. The privilege to be well rounded and versed in not just one specific area in the scientific community is an attribute that allows people to be an asset to their work effort, because they are able to approach obstacles in a new way different from their peers. I have been helped in developing this approach by the integration of my science studies into the Pine Manor liberal arts curriculum.

I have always had a great interest in the medical field, and both the faculty and staff at Pine Manor made me aware of opportunities to further cultivate me in this field. Staff made me aware of scholarship opportunities. Faculty offered career panels, one-on-one career counseling, senior seminar courses, advising, as well as networking in the greater Boston community to find internship opportunities. Both my internships (NARAL and Tufts School of Medicine) made me aware of the legislation that plays a vital role in healthcare and medicine. Also My research internship at Tufts allowed me to see how integral research is to medicine. The faculty at PMC connected me to my mentor at Tufts. My mentor was so pleased by the work I had done that she extended my internship into a competitive funded summer internship program called Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences at Tufts. This research experience, combined with my science foundation at PMC, prepared me for a position after graduation at one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.
The community at Pine Manor is not one that can be described, but only experienced. I would urge the student to not miss the opportunity for educational growth that has been successfully offered at Pine Manor for over 100 years. The value of Pine Manor does not end when students graduate: the faculty and staff work continuously with alumni to help them create individual career plans, and this is a strength not common in undergraduate schools.”