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Greg Esslinger '07

Studies Medicine
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Midwestern University.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry,
Minor in Business
School of Mathematics and Sciences
Byrum School of Business

“Marian University’s Franciscan values lend a necessary lens of love, holistic living, and selflessness to medicine.”

Marian University’s Franciscan values, particularly dignity of the individual and responsible stewardship, prepared Esslinger for a career in osteopathic medicine. “When practicing medicine, you have chance encounters with people who are in their most vulnerable state,” Esslinger said. “Our profession hasn’t ever been defined by its ability to provide mansions or fancy cars. It is defined by a doctor’s ability to do nothing more than everything he can to simply help those in need,” much like St. Francis’ call to serve the sick and the poor. When he found out that Marian University was opening a college of osteopathic medicine, he was ecstatic.

For as long as he can remember, Greg Esslinger envisioned himself as a doctor. During the last few months of his clinical rotation in medical school, Esslinger found his calling. Armed with a bachelor’s degree from Marian University in chemistry, Esslinger studies medicine at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. He feels a connection with the family-oriented ideals of osteopathic medicine and the fact that DOs work with their hands through osteopathic manipulation is important to him. “I grew up always working with my hands. So, the DO profession kind of found me,” he says, “I look forward to going to work every day and I truly love what I am doing.”

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