It was “Doc” who inspired an Iowa State University student to pursue a career in medicine.
Ben Dralle, senior in nutritional science and genetics, grew up in Osage, a town of fewer than 4,000 in northern Iowa. The whole town knows Doc – Dr. Mark Haganman – who’s been with Mitchell County Regional Health Center for 25 years. Haganman demonstrates the importance of humanity in medicine, Dralle said.
“He’s built relationships with people,” he said. “He’s a strong community member and has helped people improve their lives.”
That dedication is something Emily Olson, coordinator of ISU pre-health programs, emphasizes for students considering a pre-health path.