Coming to Messiah College as a first-year student, Kevin Driver ’03 knew he wanted to pursue a career in medicine, so he declared a major in biochemistry. He had many family members and friends that served as mentors and helped him find his passion for medicine. What he didn’t know, however, was that he would spend as much time buried in books about metaphysics and epistemology as he would in the lab.
After taking a philosophy course during his first semester at Messiah, Driver discovered a new interest in the subject. “I found the issues of reality, morality, ethics, logic and truth fascinating,” said Driver. “I also really enjoyed breaking down complex arguments. Philosophy fit well with my analytical personality.” At the end of the class, Driver made room in his schedule for a second major in philosophy.
After graduation, Driver studied at the prestigious Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, N.Y., where he completed his Doctor of Medicine degree. Following his residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., Driver moved to his current position as a cardiology fellow at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
Driver is primarily involved in patient care and diagnosis. He also supervises a team of medical residents, nurses and support staff, which requires strong communication and interpersonal skills. “While a liberal arts education won’t get you a job as a scientist, engineer or computer programmer, it just might help you hone the skills necessary to excel in that field. Being able to read and think critically—and communicate effectively—are at the core of education in the humanities.”
As he practices medicine, Driver continues finding reward in working with patients to help treat and reverse life-threating heart conditions. Although his degree in philosophy wasn’t necessary for his current role, he says it helps him on a daily basis. “Often, it’s difficult to process the subjective—a patient’s symptoms and history—with objective findings—the physical exam, imaging, labs,” said Driver. “I’m very attuned to the process of diagnosis.”
Posted on July 11th, 2013