Medicine and Science

On November 7, EHS will host our third annual Alumni Leadership Day. This event gives seniors an opportunity to hear from a variety of alumni regarding their respective careers.

Based on their occupation, each alumni member sits on one of eleven panels. Every senior rotates through two panels in the morning, and the day concludes with a roundtable lunch.

Read about our Medicine and Science alumni panelists below.

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Elizabeth Adkins '09

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Social Worker, Texas Children’s Hospital

BS, Social Work, University of Texas

Master of Science and Social Work (MSSW), University of Texas

As a medical social worker and mental health professional, every day varies. Some days start can be structured while other days I may be dealing with multiple crises. I work very closely with the medical team to understand the needs a family may have and the condition of the patients. Flexibility and adaptability are two key components in this field. I work closely with the patient’s families assessing their mental health needs, offering supportive counseling, providing resources, assessing patient safety, and conducting grief and bereavement support.

To be a successful social worker, you must consistently exhibit compassion and empathy for your clients, as well as be able to advocate on their behalf when they are unable to. While this profession can be challenging at times, it can also be very rewarding.

J. Michael Bennett '89

Orthopedic Surgeon, Fondren Orthopedic Group

BA, Psychology, University of Texas

BA, Zoology, University of Texas

MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Orthopedic Residency, Baylor College of Medicine

Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Miami

In medicine creating priorities and budgeting your time is key. A typical day will start in the operating room with two to three cases for a half day followed by clinic where we will see 20-30 patients. We carry this schedule for two days during the week with two days of full clinic where we will see 40-60 patients throughout the day, and one full day in the operating room doing anywhere from six to eight cases. As a sports medicine specialist, most of my patients go home after surgery, however we will occasionally admit someone for a day or two. These patients are typically discharged from the hospital early morning the next day. At my practice, we specialize in surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. No two cases are exactly the same, therefore a successful surgeon needs to be able to adapt and think quickly on his or her feet. In surgery, it’s always important to have a Plan A, B, and C. It is also important to enjoy what you do since this will fuel your desire to better your skills and your knowledge throughout your career.

Houston Braly '02

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Ramsi Bethany Taylor '98

Doctor of Pharmacy

BS, Pre-Pharmacy Studies, Howard University

PharmD, Howard University

Dr. Ramsi Bethany Taylor graduated from Episcopal High School in 1998. During her time at EHS, she was a member of the cross country team, basketball team, and track team. She was also president of the school’s National Honor Society, among other extracurricular activities.

After graduation, Ramsi went on to Howard University on a full track and field scholarship. She earned her Doctor Pharmacy degree in 2005 and completed her PGY1 residency at Kelsey Seybold Clinic and the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy.

She began her career at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (formerly St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital) in 2007, as a decentralized clinical pharmacist. She was promoted to Clinical Coordinator for Professional Development and Policy Management in 2011. In 2015, she assumed the role of PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at BSLMC.

Mindy Wooldridge Samuelson '05

Registered Nurse, Texas Children's Hospital

B.S., Nursing, Texas Christian University

Registered Nurse, Texas Children’s Hospital am a registered nurse in the pre-operative/post-anesthesia care unit of TCH. The surgical procedures that come through my unit range from tonsil removal to complicated brain surgery. I check in patients from home and prepare them for surgery. I also tend to patients when they are done with surgery, making sure they receive proper medication. I also interact directly with parents and caregivers to ensure that patients receive proper care when they are discharged.