We recently caught up with young alum Shannon O’Malley 2006 after she was pictured in The Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Surviving with Heart”. Shannon is currently an Exercise Physiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is very excited about her career path and credits Ursinus with helping her to develop the necessary framework to be successful.
After graduating from Ursinus in 2006, Shannon continued on to Wake Forest University where she received her Masters Degree in Health and Exercise Science in 2008. As a graduate assistant at WFU, she had the opportunity to teach the Freshmen Wellness class, work at the Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Program, and work on an NIH funded study in pediatric exercise science research. Then started working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist within the Division of Cardiology. She has spent the past 5 years working in the Exercise Physiology lab performing exercise testing on children with congenital heart disease as well as contributing to the research work.
As an athlete most of her life, Shannon became interested in Exercise Science, but declared “ it was the classes I took at Ursinus such as Exercise Physiology and Exercise Assessment where I really became interested in the science behind it. The opportunity to become involved in research with my adviser, Tina Wailgum, prepared me immensely for my thesis work. I was also fortunate enough to spend 4 years working in the athletic training room where I gained valuable hands on experience in the field. This variety of experiences and working closely with the faculty and staff are what prepared me for my career today.”
Shannon noted, “ the doors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are always open to students who are interested in exercise science, anywhere from spending a few hours with us one day to a semester internship.”