Dr. Alyson Gloviak Wilson ’98, ’00M, a two-time Arcadia graduate, initially came to the University to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Her older sister, Kristin Gloviak Tanis ’90, had earned a bachelor’s degree in PT, and Gloviak Wilson knew Arcadia’s program had an outstanding reputation with a commitment to personal attention and student success.
She prepared for the PT program by earning an undergraduate degree in Biology and kept busy playing basketball and lacrosse and serving as a member of the Student Government Organization. She enjoyed the Arcadia experience, noting the array of opportunities available to undergraduates.
“The faculty support was really great,” she says. “I was able to publish papers, which is harder to do at a larger university.” As an undergraduate, Gloviak Wilson co-authored an article in collaboration with faculty members in Arcadia’s Department of Physical Therapy in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.
Continuing her applied learning, Gloviak Wilson was able to present at various academic meetings. Her fondest Arcadia memory is when she attended a Physical Therapy Convention in Philadelphia. “I was able to present and defend my research, which was neat to be able to do as an undergraduate.”
After earning her bachelor’s degree, however, Gloviak Wilson decided to teach Biology instead of pursuing a career in PT. She soon returned to Arcadia to earn a Master of Education and then taught at North Penn High School for a number of years, but she couldn’t see herself making it a lifetime career. She craved more.
“Medical school was something I always thought about,” says Gloviak Wilson. “I knew I had a good science education [from Arcadia].” This gave her the confidence to enroll in medical school and make her dream a reality. Now, she is in her second year of residency through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson residency program in internal medicine at Cooper Hospital—University Medical Center in Camden, N.J.
Working 12 to 14 hours a day, six days a week can be taxing on Gloviak Wilson—especially since she and her husband are rearing twin boys. But she manages to balance work and family life. “I get lots of help from my parents and husband and maximize my free time,” she says.
Gloviak Wilson plans to join a gastroenterology group in South Jersey and hopes to one day utilize her teaching background again. She would like to teach residents and medical students.
The personal attention she received at Arcadia has given her the knowledge and confidence to succeed in a demanding, high-energy field.