From Broadway to med school: One student’s journey to the healing arts

March 16, 2016
Clark Johnsen, OMS II, works with Michelle Gaglia, OMS I, in TouroCOM-Harlem\'s osteopathic manipulative medicine lab. (Photo provided by Johnsen)
Clark Johnsen, OMS II, works with Michelle Gaglia, OMS I, in TouroCOM-Harlem's osteopathic manipulative medicine lab. (Photo provided by Johnsen)

After spending 12 years as a Broadway actor, Clark Johnsen, OMS II, says his favorite part of showbiz was being part of the theater community, which he describes as extraordinarily open, curious and accepting.

“Being around theater people helped make me more curious about what makes people tick and what motivates their behavior, which has been a great asset to bring into my medical education,” he says.

Johnsen now attends the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York (TouroCOM-Harlem), where he’s president of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy. In this edited interview, he tells the story of his journey to osteopathic medical school and shares advice for other nontraditional med students.

Source: The DO