Simpson University Alumna Graduates from Medical School
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University alumna Erin (Brink) Hoffman graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo., on May 21. Hoffman was the first student from Simpson’s biology program to attend medical school.
“I heard the Lord call me to medicine when I was 13, and I never wanted to do anything else,” she said. “I chose biology as my undergraduate degree because it fulfilled the prerequisites for medical school.”
Hoffman next plans to complete a three-year family medicine residency. She someday hopes to practice broad-spectrum medicine in a small town, pursue healthcare sustainability internationally, and start a Christian medical residency.
“Erin’s focus on the goal of becoming a physician has been as great as any that of student I've ever known,” said Dr. Trent Smith, associate professor of biology, who attended Hoffman’s graduation. “The amount of work and study I saw her put toward this was immensely impressive, and I couldn't be more proud and happy for her.”
Hoffman attributes Simpson’s small class sizes and easy access to professors as keys to her success in the biology program as well as for getting into medical school.
“I developed real relationships with my professors, who were able to eventually write me excellent letters of recommendation,” she said. “They always believed in me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. They did everything they could to help me get there.”
Based on her positive experience, Hoffman said she would recommend Simpson’s biology program to others.
“The program has considerable resources for its size,” she said. “Classes are always taught by the professors and department heads, rather than teaching assistants or grad students. Additionally, the professors really care about you and always have an open door in order to make sure you really understand the material.”
While at Simpson, Hoffman was a very active member of the student body. She was on the volleyball team, served as the president of the Social Action Committee for three years, and was a biology and Spanish tutor. She also served the local community by tutoring through AmericaReads and volunteering at a homeless shelter.
“Simpson is the place where my faith came alive, where I met my closest friends, and where I was challenged to live intentionally,” she said. “It was so much more than an academic experience. The spiritual community was genuine, the faculty was invested, and the location was beautiful.”
Hoffman was also involved in WorldSERVE, Simpson’s student mission program. During spring break of her junior year, she went on a mission service trip to the Dominican Republic, where she worked alongside an OB/GYN doing community health work. After graduation, Hoffman took a year off before medical school to intern in the Dominican Republic and spent a month in language school in Antigua, Guatemala.
“I hope to always make international service a part of my life,” she said. “As I have pursued medicine, I have been privileged to meet so many innovative and passionate mission-minded people. I have also been so humbled to recognize that there is need everywhere, including right in my own backyard, and that I had better learn to live a missional life wherever I am.”
Other alumni from Simpson University’s biology program have gone on to pharmacy school, dental school, and graduate school. Several are working as teachers, and others are working in scientific equipment or biochemistry careers.
To learn more about Simpson’s biology program, visit simpsonu.edu/biology.
Photos courtesy Erin Hoffman
Top: Erin Hoffman and her husband, Logan, both 2011 Simpson University graduates.
Middle Left: Erin with Dr. Trent Smith, associate professor of biology, at her May 21 graduation from medical school in Colorado.
Bottom Right: Erin and her friends from Simpson University (Rachel Blessum '11, Kelly (Brown) Neifert '11, Taylor Lukehart '10).
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations