Harvard Alum Marissa Gedman Inspired by Experience to go into Medicine

Harvard Alum Marissa Gedman Inspired by Experience to go into Medicine

The following article was posted on www.bostonherald.com on Thursday, August 23 featuring former Harvard standout Marissa Gedman.

Marissa Gedman, 26, played for the Boston Pride in the National Women’s Hockey League for three years after graduating from Harvard in 2015. She was on the Harvard hockey team before that, where she suffered from a concussion  not unlike many of her teammates.

Gedman was inspired to go into the medical field by her experience as a professional athlete and is now working as a medical assistant in orthopedics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital while studying for her master’s degree in biomedical science at Tufts University.

Daughter of former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, she is now applying for medical school. She shared her story with the Herald’s Mary Markos:

There is a huge need for more research on female athletes and hockey players specifically.

I would say just from all my exposure through my own concussion and my teammates’ concussions and other orthopedic injuries, I definitely gained a huge respect for the medical field and owe so much to the doctors I worked with over my career. Now, being able to work in Brigham and Women’s orthopedics and hopefully be a physician in the future, it all stems from my experience as an athlete.

My biggest exposure was through teammates who had life-changing concussions that affected their life outside of hockey.

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