The College of Arts and Sciences held an information seminar for students interested in pre-med last Thursday in the Beeghley building.
“I’m attending to see what scholarships are available and whether I’m heading in the right direction,” said Heather Williams, a freshman in CAS.
Students were encouraged to request information about medical school and to apply as soon as possible. They were also warned against using Advanced Placement credits in lieu of classes because not all medical schools would accept them. Throughout the evening, speakers gave advice and addressed concerns students had, most notably about financing a medical school education.
“Find someone to pay for it, the Army or Navy, because the interest will kill you,” alumnus Dr. Bradley Clark said.
Army Capt. Kristie A. Charron said that the average cost of a year’s worth of schooling in Washington D.C. was $60,000. To offset these costs, the army’s health care provides scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, books and housing, in addition to a $1,235 monthly stipend, Charron said.
Alumna Marissa Kuhnen shared her experiences on interning with a medical company. On just the second day, Kuhnen said, she was growing tumor cells in laboratory mice. The tumor cells were then destroyed using a modified form of anthrax.
“And the mice are still running around this day,” Kuhnen said.
Students were also encouraged not to rush into medical school. Alumna Lindsey Bashaw noted that there is about a one-year lag between being accepted and going to medical school. Other interests could be developed that could be applied to the medical profession, Bashaw said.
“Being a football coach taught me communication skills and helped me relate with others better,” Bashaw said.
Dr. Christopher Unger noted that there are “red zones” in certain areas around the world that will not have doctors in 10 years if more people do not join the profession.