Postbac Premed students are invited to an exclusive dinner and conversation with alumnus Dr. Ken Schaefle ‘09PBPM, to hear about his journey to the postbac program, as well as his path and career after Columbia. Space is limited, RSVP required.
About Dr. Ken Schaefle: Before attending Columbia University, Ken Schaefle spent over a decade living in Amsterdam where he worked with a theater company. Once he knew he needed a change, a vacation to South America led him to a chance meeting with a fellow traveler who had just graduated a postbac premed program. At 35 years old and already considering making a switch into medicine, Ken researched programs and decided to apply to Columbia. After completing his courses, Ken became a research assistant at Columbia’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and worked on a large database of transplant surgeries. From there he received the experience and references that helped him get into medical school. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine and graduated in 2014. He did his internal medicine residency at Lenox Hill, where he served as Chief Resident of their HIV track. In 2017, Ken returned to Einstein/Montefiore as a Global Health Fellow, and in 2019 became an Assistant Professor of Medicine there. Ken is committed to global health, and spends three months a year working in Africa.