A Foundation for Success


Meg Cornaghie, MD ’11

Participation in St. Mary's unique research program set a career in medicine in motion for Meg Cornaghie, MD ’11. Now, Cornaghie is in her fourth year of orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

Cornaghie, one of the first students in the Honors Independent Research Study (HIRS) program, credits the skills she learned during her HIRS experience for propelling her to academic success in college and beyond.

“The program introduced me to the foundations of conducting research. It taught me the very essence of building a successful research project, and it set the tone for all the further research I have done in my career,” Cornaghie said.

Cornaghie uses these skills daily.

“In residency, I have used the skills I learned to further my research aims. I was awarded a podium presentation at an international spine surgery meeting and recently won my program’s research forum competition with the best overall project. I owe the advances I have made in my academic career to the basis of knowledge I gained at St. Mary’s, especially in the HIRS program,” Cornaghie explained.

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