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Erin Broderick Becomes a Doctor
christopher meloni online    August 18, 2012    2 comments

Jeannette at Isabel Gillies has posted this about Chris’ on-screen daughter, Erin Broderick. More below the cut:

Former ‘Law & Order: SVU’ actress enrolls at LECOM

Erin Broderick has a few noteworthy credits to her name after spending about a decade as an actress.

The first major break for Broderick, now 26, was playing Patrick Swayze’s daughter in 1998’s “Black Dog,” and she is probably best known for a recurring role as Elliot Stabler’s daughter Maureen on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

But her next role will be drastically different: medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Broderick came to Erie Sunday and plans to spend the next four years studying osteopathic medicine.

Broderick said she decided to pursue a career as a doctor for the same reason she enjoyed acting: She loves working with people.

“I really like connecting with people, and acting was a unique interaction,” Broderick said. “But I feel there is no more intimate relationship than between a patient and any clinician. You get to see people during a very vulnerable time in their lives.”

So she officially quit acting in 2008 to enroll in a pre-med, post-baccalaureate program at Columbia University.

Medicine seems to run in Broderick’s family.

When she was growing up in New Fairfield, Conn., both of her parents worked at a nearby hospital, her father as a doctor and her mother a nurse. Of her four siblings, one is a radiologist technician, another is in his final year at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, one is in a pre-med program and another is studying physical therapy.

But it wasn’t always apparent that she’d follow a similar path.

“I asked my mom to bring me to an audition in (New York City) for my birthday one year,” Broderick said. “I had no experience or anything. I was 10 years old.”

She ended up landing a job on a commercial at that first audition, and she was hooked.

Over the next 13 years, Broderick would work on films, commercials and soap operas, but her most stable and high-profile work was on “Law & Order: SVU.”

She said she maintains relationships from that show, including with Christopher Meloni, who played her on-screen father, and series creator Dick Wolf, who wrote two college recommendation letters on her behalf.

But eventually life as a young actress became too much.

“Doing it as an adult is a lot different from doing it as a kid,” Broderick said. “As a kid, it was all play and very fun. As an adult, it’s an extremely competitive business. It’s still fun, but you have to say, ‘there is a level of success I may never achieve.'”

She said a successful acting career often means just finding regular work, and that wasn’t enough for her to find fulfillment.

While Broderick was in college, she worked weekends as a nursing assistant, which inspired her to focus on medicine.

Her parents met her decision with a combination of surprise and happiness.

“At first they were like, ‘are you sure you want to do this?'” Broderick said. “But after I started school and proved I was serious, they were very supportive.”

Broderick said a number of things stood out about LECOM and Erie when she was applying for medical schools.

She said she appreciated the school’s holistic approach to medicine and the expectation that students will act and be treated as professionals. But she also saw Erie as a more affordable and slower-paced alternative to her life in New York City.

“And I mean that in the most positive way,” Broderick said. “I wanted to go somewhere with a calmer environment so I could focus on my studies.”

Broderick expects to graduate from LECOM in 2016, and she is not sure where she hopes to land long term. It could be in Erie or elsewhere, and it could be focused on things like health policy and access to health care in high poverty areas or HIV/AIDS patients.

But for now, she said, she’s excited, and a little nervous, about starting her studies.

“My brother sat me down before I left and told me about his first year of anatomy and physiology,” Broderick said. “He said, ‘you will never look at your body the same way again, because you’ll know the human body inside and out.’ That excited me so much.”

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We here at UNABRIDGED congratulate Erin on her chosen path and look forward to hearing more about Dr. Broderick. That was so kind of Chris to write her a letter of recommendation. That’s our guy though.


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2 Responses to “Erin Broderick Becomes a Doctor”

  1. Patricia Hunkovic says:

    Congratulations Erin I’m so happy you chose this path and didn’t let acting mess u up. You will be a great doctor.

    • christopher meloni online says:

      Patricia:

      Yes, it is so good to know Erin has chosen a noble profession. I think she’s chosen well.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Dianne

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