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Dr. Jenny Drexler ’00


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Career: Emergency Room Physician with Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital

Jenny’s Story

From a young age, Jenny Drexler has had a natural aptitude for the sciences. She also enjoyed helping people.

Medicine has been the perfect career choice.

Dr. Drexler is an emergency room physician with Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point.

“It’s a very rewarding career,” she said. “We’re helping people at a time when they really need it.”

In the ER of course, hospital staff never know what the day will bring. Some days or nights can be “organized chaos” depending on the number of patients and the type of trauma or injuries to be treated. Medical staff must function as a team to ensure the best care possible for patients.

“They taught me in residency that the attending physician is the captain of the ship, and you have to make sure the ship doesn’t sink,” Dr. Drexler said.

Dr. Drexler attended medical school at Des Moines University and completed her residency at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. The Viterbo science curriculum prepared her well for medical school and the Medical College Admission Test, she said.

“I received personal attention from faculty and received the help I needed because of Viterbo’s small class sizes,” she said. “I was very happy with my choice, and I would absolutely recommend Viterbo to prospective students.”

Dr. Drexler met her husband, James Runyan, at Viterbo. They have two young children, Emily and Isaac.

Her advice for aspiring physicians?

“Stay focused and dedicated,” she said. “Becoming a doctor is a tremendous amount of work, but in the end it’s a very rewarding career.”

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