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Alumni Spotlight: Ray Clifford '07

ray clifford

BS Chemistry

Other Degrees

MD, Drexel University College Of Medicine


West Deptford, NJ

Current Position

Resident Physician, Ophthalmology
New York Medical College

My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in chemistry?

I always envisioned attending medical school, but wanted to study something a little different than what I would learn in my future studies. The chemistry major allowed me the flexibility to explore different sciences, while preparing me well for my professional studies. My decision to major in chemistry ultimately proved to be helpful as I worked for a year as a quality-control chemist for a pharmaceutical company before attending medical school. I felt well prepared for both.

who was your favorite professor at widener? why?

A single favorite is impossible to answer ... Dr. Pappas (mathematics), Dr. Bastin, Dr. Bradley, Dr. Liable-Sands, Dr. Van Bramer, and Dr. Arnold (chemistry) were all excellent. I spent an extensive amount of time with all of these professors outside of the classroom.

My Professional Experience

what do you like most about your current position?

From the biological implications of pathological conditions, the (bio)chemistry of pharmacotherapy to the physics of light and lenses, I still rely on my background in the sciences to help guide the treatment of patients everyday. My time at Widener was not simply a "stepping stone" to graduate professional education. I appreciate the experience I gained while there.

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?

Pick a field that you not only enjoy, but will give you practical knowledge for a career path once you graduate. A rigorous program in the sciences will prepare you for a variety of options once you graduate. The hard work is worth it. There was a huge benefit to having small class sizes. I remember taking an astrophysics elective for fun, and there were only three of us in the entire class. I had a good number of similarly sized classes, and I always learned the most from them.