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Graduates Reflect on Training with the Center

Marjie Wilkerson, who completed a Bachelor of Health Science at Towson University, spent several days a week at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) during the spring semester to complete her training in community health. Part of her training included the “Family Perspective Experience,” which gave her the opportunity to spend time in the community with a family that includes a young adult with a disability. “I got to see firsthand the struggles and accomplishments that come along with living with a disability, and that [a disability] not only affects the individual, but also the family, who often are the caregivers.” Regarding her training overall, Marjie added, “I would encourage other students to come to the Center to advance in their career and gain knowledge that can be used in whatever aspect of health, education, and advocacy to be a widely-trained individual in the workplace.” Marjie has accepted a position as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Marjie was joined by fellow trainee Eric Rubenstein from the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he recently completed his Master of Science. Eric noted that the training he received at MCDD during his internship provided him with practical application of the skills and knowledge he gained in the classroom. He noted, “Having been involved in projects that touched on law, data sharing, survey response, and visiting families with children with special health care needs, I have a new outlook on the field. Coming in with an open mind and being willing to help on all projects has enhanced my time at the Center.” Eric has been accepted into the doctoral program in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, where he will attend in the fall.