Office of Alumni Engagement

Sadie LaPonsie

My hometown when I was a student was

Grand Rapids, MI

I graduated 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 professors(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.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

- A semester abroad in India teaching and working in a palliative care unit
- An alternative spring break trip to Louisiana to assist with cleanup after Hurricane Katrina
- Weekly shadowing experience at Gratiot Community Hospital
- Center for Responsible Leadership training in New Mexico