April 29, 2012
Megan Buermann is a recent graduate from CSB/SJU who now is in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Master's Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse were she is learning how to work in a Cardiac Rehabilitation setting within a hospital. During her time at St. Ben's she worked as an aerobics instructor and a strength and conditioning coach, both of with she credits for providing applications techniques to real life experiences.
After graduate school, Megan hopes to work in the hospital setting to gain experience in Cardiac Rehab and then hopefully expand upon that to apply her exercise physiology background to patients with other diseases such as those with diabetes, cancers and even pediatrics. Long term, she hopes to be able to work with health promotion and focus on prevention through nutrition and exercise, especially related to childhood obesity. One day hoping to help prevent the problem rather than fixing it in rehab!
When asked about her experiences in CSB/SJU Sports Medicine program Megan says, "The professors in the Sports Medicine program will make sure you are well prepared before graduating from CSB/SJU! Being in the Sports Medicine program provided me with all the knowledge and skills I needed for grad school plus some! The fact that the professors in the Sports Medicine program are so devoted to your education and future is amazing and made me strive to complete the program. So many previous graduates, including myself, have left the Sports Medicine program confident to work in the health field in the future. I've never been more proud to say that I graduated from St. Bens, because it's a reflection of how much I have learned and how ready I am for any obstacle."
Megan credits much of her success in graduate school to the Sports Medicine program and encourages a Sports Medicine minor immensely.
Megan's advice to current or future Sports Medicine students:
"Work hard because it's worth it! You get out what you put into it and you will not be disappointed with everything you learn once you graduate from CSB/SJU. One major piece of advice I would give would be to do research, even if you don't see yourself interested in research someday. Completing a research project in the Sports Medicine program will prepare you that much more for working in the health field whether your interested in physical therapy, human performance or clinical exercise physiology...it all pays off!"