Evan Torline has committed himself to helping others for most of his adult life, so it should come as no surprise the new School of Science graduate begins medical school this fall en route to a career caring for solders in the U.S. Army. Torline graduated in May 2013 with a degree in biology and always had plans to go on to medical school. The U.S. Army answered his call in the form of the Health Professional Scholarship Program, a full-ride to the the University of Louisville School of Medicine. “I’m really excited to get this opportunity,” said Torline, who attended Jennings County High School in Vernon, Indiana. “I look at this as the perfect chance for me to use all the knowledge I’ve learned while in school and to give back to my country in a way few people ever get to do.”
As part of the Army program, Torline will do annual medical officer training and rotations at regional military hospitals, such as Walter Reed in Washington, D.C., and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He will serve as a reservist until his residency, at which time he will serve as an Army doctor. He hopes to return eventually to Indiana to practice medicine.
While an undergraduate research student, Torline completed two trips to Haiti to do mission work and to help a village install a sanitary drinking water system. He credits that work to solidifying his dream to help people who need it the most.