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John Hendrick

Religion, 2008. 

MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine


Emergency Medicine Physician

Briefly describe your career path. 

I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life other than spend it in the mountains. While at OCU I would spend weekends driving back and forth to Colorado for my powder fix. After college, I spent 13 months traveling by chicken bus through Central and South America and applied for medical school from a dial up connection in a Bolivian internet cafe. I spent medical school back in Oklahoma and then made my permanent escape to the Wasatch mountains in Utah as an Emergency Medicine resident.

Describe what an average day looks like. 

Either spent backcountry skiing in the wonderful Wasatch and spending Apres with a beer around a fire or plying my trade in the ED, taking care of whatever comes in the door.

It's a long road to hoe, but the training ends eventually.

What advice would you give your college self about pursuing work in your current industry? 

It's a long road to hoe, but the training ends eventually. The work is fulfilling and challenging, I feel blessed to be a part of it!

What is a lesson learned at OKCU that you have been able to apply to your career? 

Follow your folly.

What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating? 

Had a baby boy, Wells Huxley Hendrick, this year and have been baptizing him in mountain streams every day since!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

I would like to pursue a job in the State Department as an EM physician for an embassy.

What is your favorite OKCU memory? 

Capture the flag on campus on summer evenings.