Monday, May 16, 2011

Premedical Professionals in Training

This year’s Health Professions Seminar, a course led by Craig Story, associate professor of biology, had over 50 students enrolled—one of the largest on record. “We've seen strong growth in health professions at Gordon, but the program is small enough that students get individual attention and support as they prepare for medical and other graduate programs,” said Story. “I believe the Health Professions Seminar is one of a kind—setting Gordon apart from many other schools.”

Students working towards premed, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, veterinary medicine, dentistry and other health profession fields, meet weekly during the course. Guest speakers from area hospitals and practices, including a number of Gordon alumni, arrive each week and provide students with a chance to ask questions and learn firsthand from those in medicine and related health fields. “Combining premedical education within a broad liberal arts framework helps students prepare for the challenges of medical graduate programs,” said Story. “It’s not just about acceptance to a program; it’s about helping them really know what they are getting into as they make critical choices about their futures.”

Photo: This year’s Health Professions Seminar students and Dr. Story in the Ken Olsen Science Center. Gordon students have gone on to medical programs at Harvard University, Cornell University, UPenn, Georgetown and Tufts. To see the list of medical schools Gordon graduates have attended and acceptance details, click here. The Health Professions Seminar meets weekly over quads 2 and 4 during the academic year. Over the two-year course, students will meet approximately 25 health professionals.

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