As years pass and new students begin their medical education, it’s no wonder the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson continues to grow family legacies. Ellie Hutchison, a member of the Class of 2016, is joining the College of Medicine tradition, as she follows in the footsteps of her father, Timothy Hutchison, MD.
Born in Tucson, Ellie spent most of her life in Greeley, Colo. The 23-year-old attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, but said she is proud to be a member of Tucson’s newest medical student class.
“My parents and grandparents both met at the UA,” said Ellie. “I was also born in Tucson, so attending UA College of Medicine – Tucson feels a bit like moving back home.”
Dr. Hutchison, Class of 1982, said his family is excited to expand the legacy.
“We’re ecstatic! Plus, now we have an excuse to visit,” said Dr. Hutchison. “Not only is there a UA family connection, but also my grandfather was a general practitioner for a mining company in Bisbee from 1920-1950. So there is a legacy of family member physicians as well.”
The alumnus said he is proud of his daughter and is confident in what the college has to offer the incoming class.
“It’s a great educational environment [with] such a great program,” he said.
Although her father works in the medical profession, Ellie said she became interested in medicine for reasons of her own.
“After attending emergency medical technician school three years ago, I realized I loved applying science -- anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, etc. -- to help improve a patient’s health,” she said.
Although she applied to several schools, Ellie said she is confident in her decision to attend the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
“I can’t wait to get started. I was really impressed by the medical student preview day,” she said. “Everyone was so welcoming and had great things to say. I also survived four winters in Iowa at Cornell College, so the mild climate is an incentive.”
Ellie explained that the support of her parents enabled her to get through the grueling, time-intensive process.
“My parents proofread many of my application materials. Their brutal honesty made my applications so much stronger,” she said. “I also appreciated the moral support before and after interviews.”
While Dr. Hutchison currently practices emergency medicine, his daughter is not sure which specialty she will pursue. She said she is currently interested in obstetrics and gynecology and oncology.
As Ellie works to earn her medical degree, she will continue to look to her father for guidance. She explained that she admires her dad’s work ethic, confidence, decision-making skills and “science nerdiness.”
“He’s an incredible dad,” she said.