Asked if he felt academically prepared for one of the nation's top ranked and most challenging medical educations, he replied,
"Absolutely! I started out on an equal footing with students from many well-known, prestigious colleges."
Asked about whether his philosophy major helped him, he had this to say:
"My background in philosophy makes me a better physician without a doubt. The type of clinical reasoning used in day to day medical practice is dependent on logical relationships that, while implicit, are extraordinarily complex. . . . My task is to put together scattered signs, symptoms, and laboratory and radiologic findings into a unified and elegant diagnosis, and then devise a treatment plan based on good evidence from clinical studies considering each patient's unique preferences and often complex list of medications and other medical problems. And, perhaps most importantly, my training in philosophy helps me do this all efficiently. Studying philosophy from an evangelical Christian perspective also enables me to more effectively understand and work through difficult decisions regarding treatment options as well as end of life issues."
Asked for his advice to students considering philosophy, Kevin said:
"Obviously, go for it. The more common problem that I encountered was students who failed to consider philosophy because they had more specific and practical career goals and felt that philosophy was too esoteric. Take a class or two, and imagine how that kind of rigorous analysis and critical reasoning from the philosophy classroom can complement your more particular interests."