|Like most students, Linda Magill, MD, chose the University of Houston for its proximity, affordability, and based on the positive experiences of others. “I had already been introduced to UH by my father, who attended classes here in my younger days,” Magill explains.
The choice to attend UH was the first in a series of successes that has made Magill a successful anesthesiologist, community leader, and alumna. Following her chemistry degree from UH in 1979, Magill took a break for several years to start her family. In 1987 she graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and today runs a private practice. She has served as president of the Houston Hispanic Forum and has been recognized as Woman of Achievement by Chi Omega Alumnae Association. Among other involvement, Magill serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UH.
“I was a very happy student,” Magill recalls, “because of the faculty who believed in me and my goals for a future in science. Being a chemistry major, I realized the strengths and educational resources available at the various departments of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.”
She also remembers the faculty quite fondly. “They stimulated my mind, challenged my intellect, and encouraged me to seek more,” she says.
As a medical professional, Magill has a unique perspective on the University of Houston and its standing among the medical community. “Currently, UH is recognized in the renowned Texas Medical Center as a major teaching institution and resource,” she says. “UH has affiliation with some of the hospitals and medical colleges there as partners in research, clinical medicine, and teaching.”
When asked what advice she would give current premedical students, Magill said: “Find the faculty in your department who will mentor you through your college days. In addition, persevere, be determined, and believe you can achieve your goals.”