Office of Alumni Engagement

Sadie LaPonsie

My hometown when I was a student was:

Grand Rapids, MI

I graduated from Alma in:


I studied:


I currently live in:

Chicago, IL

I am now:

Pediatric Hospitalist. I spend my days caring for children in delivery rooms, inpatient units, and emergency departments, along with teaching and supervising PA students, medical students, and resident physicians. I love what I do.

Since graduating from Alma:

I have finished medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and residency training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the pediatric hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. I’ve had the chance to study in China and spend a month teaching neonatal resuscitation in Tanzania, along with facilitating small-group learning with medical students here in Chicago.

My Alma education:

allowed me to have a broad range of experiences, explore many interests, and develop critical thinking skills that would help me succeed in any field I chose. I started my time at Alma as a theatre major, and didn’t decide to apply to medical school until the summer before my final year.

My favorite place(s) on campus included:

the theatre, where I spent a lot of afternoons in the shop, and Gelston Hall, where I was an RA for my final two years.

My favorite professor(s) included:

Dr. Ball of Health Sciences and Dr. Fobes from Sociology.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:

the semester I spent abroad in Kerala, South India. Along with two Alma classmates, I worked with patients at a hospital, taught at an elementary school, and attended courses with professors from Mahatma Gandhi university. We stayed with a local family and had a truly immersive experience.

How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:

My education both in and out of the classroom at Alma prepared me well for post-college life, including the challenges of medical school and residency training. In addition to excellent academic preparation, exposure to a variety of experiences through the Center for Responsible Leadership (now known as the Responsible Leadership Institute), Alternative Breaks, and other campus opportunities helped me develop skills that continue to help me navigate my professional and personal life.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

Work hard and stay open to new opportunities. Make time for the things that are most important to you.