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Medical Mentoring Program Confirms Career Path for McGee

by Web on December 13, 2017

Ty McGee plans on becoming a physician—a career choice confirmed by his experiences as a Millsaps College student.

As part of the College’s Medical Mentoring Program, McGee has shadowed a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon, watching them at work as they interact with patients and staff.

“The opportunity to shadow physicians confirmed that I’m on the right career path,” he said. McGee currently works as an intern at a Jackson hospital, where he helps ensure the hospital operates in an efficient and effective manner.

“I work part time at St. Dominic Hospital as an intern in the Organizational Excellence Department,” he said. “I compile a monthly hospital scorecard that helps to rate how the hospital is doing. I schedule and conduct interviews with vice presidents and directors from various departments and discuss important decisions for the hospital.”

McGee is also working on a project to implement Lean Six Sigma training in the MRI Department at St. Dominic.

“I am working with others to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the process, from the time a patient arrives to the time the doctor receives the scans to discuss with the patient,” he said. “We will observe work flow and other current processes to get a grasp and understanding. The hope is that this will make the MRI Department a faster, more efficient place. This should help improve wait time, operation time, and eliminate waste.”

A junior from Kosciusko, McGee is majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and business administration. He plans to take the medical school admissions test in the spring of 2018 and apply to medical school that fall.

At Millsaps, McGee said he’s learned to use study techniques and to manage his time, concepts he plans to use in medical school. He is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health honorary, the Order of Omega leadership society that recognizes student achievement in promoting inter-Greek activities, and Sigma Lambda leadership and service honorary.

McGee credits his professors with helping him succeed, especially when it comes to learning scientific information that takes time to grasp.

“Dr. (Sabrice) Guerrier has challenged me on how to think, not just what to think,” he said. “His Intro to Cell Biology tests are challenging, but he teaches you how to really understand the material and not just memorize topics.

“I currently have Dr. (Wolfgang) Kramer for biochemistry, who does two review sessions a week that usually go for one to two hours each to help us understand the information more. He told us right before our first test that he was more nervous about us taking the first test than we were because he wanted all of us to succeed.”

McGee intended to play football at Millsaps but an injury during the second week of camp forced him to give up the game and take notice of other ways to be involved on campus.

He joined Kappa Alpha Order and has been a member of its Executive Board for two years. He is president of the Interfraternity Council and will attend PRIME: The Summit of IFC Presidents, scheduled for January 2018 in Indianapolis. He has served as vice president of risk management for IFC and as co-chair of the Greek Conduct Board. He is a member of G.A.M.M.A. (Greeks Advocating for Mature Management of Alcohol).

Last summer, McGee served as a leader for summer orientation. A Foundations leader for the last two years, McGee is now one of four directors of the program that assists new students in adjusting to Millsaps.

In all of his interactions on campus, McGee said he has gotten to know faculty, staff, and his peers on a personal level.

“The small class sizes the College offers are beneficial in building positive relationships with professors,” he said. “You are not just a face and an ID number, but you can easily have a meaningful relationship. You also get to really know staff members.

“I’ve been involved with Student Life and built relationships with Will Takewell because of my involvement as a fraternity member,” he said. “I see Dean (Brit) Katz and he knows my name and always has something to say. Mrs. Ruby's smiling face greets me in the Caf, and she always says ‘Good Morning’ at breakfast each day.

“At Millsaps, it’s so easy to really get to know your peers and build relationships with them. I never have to question who I will sit with in the Caf or in the Leggett Living Room, because everyone literally knows everyone.”

One of the most transformative things about Millsaps has been learning and listening to the stories and opinions of others, McGee said.

“Millsaps has taught me that there isn't necessarily a wrong viewpoint or opinion,” he said. “While we may not always agree on every single topic, at the end of the day we respect one another's beliefs and opinions to the fullest extent.”