Postbac Premed Program and premedical undergraduate students are invited to a conversation and Q&A with alumni who will discuss their paths to medical school, their educations, and their careers and practices. Diverse careers will be represented, including psychiatry, internal medicine, and academia.
Note: Registered guests will receive Zoom link and password 24 hours prior to the event via email.
Dr. Bisundev Mahato ‘08PBPM
Dr. Mahato hails from Nepal and moved to the U.S. for college, where he has worked ever since. He is currently a second year psychiatry resident at Orange Regional Medical Center in New York, where he serves as the Associate Academic Chief Resident, in a path to serve as the Academic Chief Resident next year.
Dr. Mahato’s academic journey in the U.S. started at Brown University. Later he transferred to and graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard. Following that, he worked as an economics consultant before joining Commonwealth Fund and the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University as a senior economics programmer. He also served as a teaching fellow at Columbia’s Executive MPH program, co-teaching a course in health economics.
Dr. Mahato attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 2015. Prior to starting his psychiatry residency, he worked as a general physician in California, where he maintains an active medical license.
Dr. Anthony Koerner ‘64PBPM
Dr. Koerner became associated with the Postbac Premed Program in 1963 after graduating from Holy Cross College with an undergraduate degree in biology. For several reasons, he decided to pause his career path toward medicine, and began teaching high school students. He subsequently earned his graduate degree in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
After four years, Dr. Koerner re-applied to medical school, reconnecting with Columbia for support, and says the staff was incredibly helpful in advising him and processing his applications to several schools. Ultimately, he was accepted to the University of Southern California School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1972. Dr. Koerner has served as faculty at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA, and has also served as Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at Huntington Hospital. He practiced medicine until his retirement in 2013.
Dr. Judith Hertz Tanenbaum '83PBPM
Judith H. Tanenbaum is in private practice for 27 years. She has been honored by the bequest of the Betts-Tanenbaum Chair in Clinical Psychiatry, which will fund in perpetuity, post-Residency Psychiatrists to further their study in any clinical psychiatry. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell School of Medicine and New York-Presbyterian.
Dr. Tanenbaum has previously served on the General Studies Leadership Volunteer Committee. She completed the Columbia University Postbac Premed Program at the School of General Studies in 1983, and went on to earn her MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1988. In 2010, she was the Keynote Speaker at the Postbac Premed Program Class Day ceremony. Dr. Tanenbaum is on the School of General Studies’ Board of Visitors.