5 minutes with the future Dr. Van Dorn

Chloe Van Dorn

In just two years, Chloe Van Dorn has shadowed cardiologists, breast surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, nurse navigators and child psychologists at University Hospitals, and she’s worked with patients in the Social Work Department of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. 

Chloe is a rising junior in Case Western Reserve University’s pre-professional scholars program in medicine, which means she will attend the CWRU School of Medicine upon comple­tion of her undergraduate coursework. She is majoring in psychology with minors in biology, chemistry and business management. Upon graduating medical school, she plans to become a breast surgeon for cancer patients.

We recently asked Chloe about her experience so far at CWRU and about organizations she’s involved in on campus. 

How were you able to receive numerous job-shadowing experiences in the hospital?
“Because of the many hospitals in the area, such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and many others, volunteering and shadowing opportunities are very easy to find. I had no difficulty obtaining any of my experiences and they were all very enjoyable.”

What is the culture like at CWRU?
“Everyone at CWRU, especially within the pre-professional scholars program, is so friendly and helpful. Students always offer assistance to one another in difficult labs, and collaboration is encouraged. The campus has introduced me to some of my very best friends.”

Can you tell me about a couple of organizations you’re involved in on campus?
"I am the director of special events for the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and I participate in Shadowing Case by Case, which is an organization on campus that works with physicians at local hospitals to create lists of shadowing and volunteering opportunities for students."

How has Greek life at CWRU impacted your college experience?
“Alpha Gamma Delta has introduced me to so many amazing women who come from different backgrounds with diverse interests who share the same values as me. Serving as director of special events has allowed me to learn organizational skills and has connected me to a lot of people on campus. I’ve been able to participate in many philanthropic and social events with my friends and have learned valuable skills that will help me become a well-rounded physician.”