HPI 303: Professional Development provides the venue for weekly networking opportunities. Students learn and practice "soft skills" including dining etiquette and informal conversation as they enjoy a catered meal with a visiting professional.
Speakers for the 2018-19 Series
Alumna returns to lead discussion at first HPI seminar of 2018
Veterinarian provides career and graduate school insights
Albert Kasenter offers perspectives on medical career at HPI series
HPI students get experience in speed interviews
Alumnus discusses his postgraduate experiences
HPI students interact with an alum talking about “pearly whites”.
This month students in HPI 303: Professional Development met with two Thiel College alumni. Dentist Barry Foster, D.D.M ’86, owner of Egypt Road Dental Associates in Eagleville Pa., discussed his experiences as a dentist, small business owner and mentor of a future dentist.
“I learned a lot about the field of dentistry from Dr. Foster. He also taught us a lot about private practice. He explained how he became a dentist and eventually owned his own practice.”—Lexxie Helbig ’20
“The biggest lesson I seemed to take away from the presentation is one that originally stemmed from the conversation at dinner. Dr. Foster mentioned how dentistry was never really on his radar until it was brought up in conversation by one of his coaches. And the lesson I took away from this is that you never really know for sure where your life’s events will take you and where your final position will be.”—Dante Vaniel ’21
Shawniece Boss, D.P.M. ’12, a podiatry resident at New York–Presbyterian/Queens.
“Dr. Boss said a lot of things that really stuck with me. She talked about keeping your mind open and following your dreams.”—Sydney Turner ’21
“I was even more impressed with her during her presentation. She can really command a room and give a great presentation. That is something that I am working on personally. She was so funny when she brought up the fact that she has an intimidating name and she is a little tiny person with a high voice. She had a good point, which was to let the knowledge speak for itself, then that will make up for the first impression.”—Maggie Nee ’20