Jonathan Wells, 2005

Jonathan Wells

2005 Major: Cultural Anthropology

Currently: Site Medical Director, Family Physician at Neighborcare Health — Seattle, Washington

How has being a Cultural Anthropology graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"I had a lot of questions when applying to medical school as to how I chose my degree or how I thought it would help. I feel Cultural Anthropology helped ground me in looking at people within their larger contexts (how the group speaks to individuals and how individuals speak to/within groups). I'm sure the same things that drew me to my degree also led me to practice Family Medicine in a community health center with its complexities and intersections of cultures/differences."

What advice would you give students in Cultural Anthropology?

"I chose to get my degree in Cultural Anthropology even while knowing I was interested in pursuing medicine and it has enriched what I have done since. I would tell students to not underestimate the value you get from thinking critically about the world we live in and its complexities and how we can have agency within it."