Emma Goldensohn ’16PS, who majored in European history at the University of Pennsylvania, spends her mornings observing pediatric and adult neurosurgeries and afternoons seeing patients in a clinic. Now in her second year at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and in the midst of a neurology and ophthalmology rotation, Goldensohn is exploring the various specialties within medicine before choosing her own.
“I love spending time with patients, learning their stories, and determining what we can do to help them,” said Goldensohn, who was working as a management consultant before a family illness—and experiencing the impact of doctors’ work and commitment firsthand—inspired her to go to medical school. Goldensohn’s grandfather, Dr. Eli Goldensohn, a professor in Columbia’s department of neurology for nearly two decades, also influenced her decision.
First, Goldensohn completed her science requirements in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics at the School of General Studies’ post baccalaureate premedical program.
“I came to realize how much my love for history and science were compatible—in that both subjects were investigations of the truth,” said Goldensohn. “At Columbia, I have had so many opportunities to broaden my understanding of what it means to practice good medicine.”
Doctors Jane Salmon ’78PS and Jerry Gliklich ’69CC, ’75PS met as students at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and married in 1976. Today, they are both distinguished doctors— Salmon, a world-renowned lupus researcher at the Weill Cornell College of Medicine, and Gliklich, the David A. Gardner Professor of Medicine in Columbia’s cardiology department and a cardiologist on staff at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
“Columbia is where we were born, in a sense—the Columbia faculty made us. They enabled us to be successful at what we do, and we were both blessed because we had scholarships,” said Salmon. Both she and Gliklich have made bequests to Columbia that support a scholarship fund for medical students.
“We want others to have the opportunities we have had,” added Salmon. “There’s something magical about a legacy and living in perpetuity in an institution that you believe really made you who you are. We hope that the students we support will become good doctors and give back.”