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A life in health care

If you’re contemplating a career or volunteer work in the medical community, a forum at Fredericksburg Academy on Tuesday might interest you. Five speakers will discuss their experiences in a wide range of fields, including nursing, pathology and support services. The free event will be held in the school’s Donald and Susan Reed Theater from 6:30-8 p.m. Here’s the list of those scheduled to speak:

  • Dr. Anne Huggins Geyer, a pathologist at Mary Washington Hospital.
  • Nancy Littlefield, the chief nursing officer at Spotsylvania  Regional Medical Center.
  • Melissa Cummings, a medical scribe in the emergency department at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
  • Robert Toonkel, the guest services leader at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.
  • Tom Catron, a medical school student and emergency medical technician (EMT).

The event was organized by Rachel Fried, a Fredericksburg Academy senior (who, in the interest of full disclosure, I will proudly say is my second cousin.)

“With Obama’s new health care rules and the growing and aging population of America, the health care field is very vibrant and complicated,”  Fried said in an e-mail. “People don’t realize how many different things you can do and how many careers there are in this field.”

Fried said she wants fellow students to realize that age isn’t a barrier to getting involved in the medical community. Teens can volunteer at a local hospital or become “junior cadets” with their local rescue squad, for instance.

The event is open to anyone with an interest in health care. For more details, email