Daniel Cuzzone ’05

DanielCuzzone.jpgJOB TITLE: Plastic and reconstructive surgery resident

ORGANIZATION: New York University Langone Medical Center

GRADUATE DEGREE: M.D., University of Connecticut School of Medicine

What was your first position after college? Following the completion of my degree at Trinity, I pursued a medical degree at the University of Connecticut. While at Trinity, I was part of the Health Fellows Program. While in the placement portion of the Health Fellows Program, I became familiar with some medical students who attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Their appreciation of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine strongly influenced my graduate school selection.   

Has a liberal arts education helped you in shaping your career? There is no doubt that the liberal arts education that I received at Trinity has made me successful in my field of surgery. Medicine is a multidisciplinary field that spans all aspects of education and also of life. Trinity helped mold my appreciation for the liberality of the world. It has helped me to be more open, accepting, and understanding, all features of a good physician.

What aspects of your Trinity experience have been important to advancing your career or graduate school experience? My decision to pursue a career in medicine was solidified by my participation in the unique Health Fellows Program. The program offers students a small, intimate learning environment and access to enthusiastic and knowledgeable professors. It invoked in me a sense of excitement and enthusiasm for what the field of medicine could offer. As a rugby player, I became part of a community filled with people of many different backgrounds and ambitions. Being part of such a dedicated group of athletes and coaches taught me the value of teamwork, camaraderie, dedication, and perseverance.

What is the biggest misconception about your field? The biggest misconception about the field of medicine is that it is a self-serving, lucrative field. This could not be further from the truth. If you choose to go into medicine, you will see how wonderful it is to heal but how difficult it is to cure. You will come to value hard work but also realize how much of your life you must sacrifice to get anything done. You will learn that life is fragile and that you are not infallible. You will learn what it is to succeed but also what it is to fail. In the end, the high salaries are less significant than the smiles that grace your patients’ faces, the handshakes that certify a trusting patient-doctor bond, and the gratitude that comes from your patients when you bring them healing and comfort.