Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
Hometown: Dallas, PA
Meg Mathewson, MD ’13, is quickly learning the skills of pediatricians as a second-year resident at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Breaking out of her intern year and into her second year, Dr. Mathewson has taken on volumes of responsibility. However, carrying her medical education from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine into Hershey’s hospital, Dr. Mathewson has not only tackled these responsibilities, but has truly enjoyed them. She is even teaching interns and medical students.
Dr. Mathewson said, “Being a second-year is a lot of fun. I really enjoy taking care of children and helping them get better.” Dr. Mathewson also values her ability to assess patients as sick or not sick. She credits this to her experiences with patients during her time at Geisinger Commonwealth. “Although it may seem like an easy thing to do, this skill is often key to being a good doctor and often very important in making sure my patients get the best possible care,” Dr. Mathewson shared.
Looking back on her journey through Geisinger Commonwealth into her residency, Dr. Mathewson advises graduating medical students to enjoy the time left with their classmates. “It is often difficult to get together while everyone is so busy during residency,” said Dr. Mathewson. She said these students will be “very successful and equal to, if not above” their co-interns in skill and knowledge.
Dr. Mathewson believes all the challenges and hard work throughout her medical career will pay off in the end. “We have the most rewarding jobs on the planet!” Loving her hometown, Dr. Mathewson hopes to return to northeastern Pennsylvania someday and teach medical students at her alma matter. “It may take a few years for me to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, but I will eventually return home!”