Forsaking Footlights for Emergency
Former Actress Wins Health Professions Award
May 29, 2003 :: No. 247
Heidi Meyer, a former actress on the New York
stage who decided to change career roles from musical theater to
medicine, has been named winner of the Cal State Fullerton Kenneth
L. Goodhue-McWilliams Award for outstanding community service in
the health professions field.
Originally from Philadelphia, Meyer earned a degree
in theater at Northwestern University, where she also had a strong
interest in biological science. After a seven-year stint on the
stage in New York, she decided to pursue her love of medicine full
time and enrolled in science classes as a postbaccalaureate student
at Fullerton. She was drawn to the area because of friends and CSUF’s
acclaimed Health Professions Program.
She has been a collegiate volunteer in the emergency
room at Western Medical Center, a clinical care extender at Hoag
Hospital and an after-school tutor in Orange. Meyer also has served
as a volunteer researcher in the university’s Chemistry and
Biochemistry Department, and has been a member and vice president
of the Student Health Professions Association.
The Fullerton resident has been active in blood drives on campus
and plans to apply to medical school in the near future, with an
eye to practicing emergency-room medicine.
Meyer, 32, is part of a growing national trend of
people who are making career changes to become physicians and other
health care workers. About one-third of those in Fullerton’s
Health Professions Program are postbaccalaureate students seeking
careers in various medical fields.
She will receive the honor, which carries a $500 cash award, at
the university’s Honors Convocation on Friday, May 30, in
the Portola Pavilion of the Titan Student Union.
The award is named for the emeritus professor of biological
science who sponsors the annual prize, in tribute to the student
group that honored him in 1985 as its inaugural professor of the
||Dave Reid, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4855
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