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Premedicine Major

Our alumni find opportunities
across the country

 

Gina Anthony

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton, 2020

Biology, Physiology option

Form relationships early with your professors, they are incredibly knowledgeable and will help you so much with the medical school process. Work hard and keep your overall goal in mind, but make some time for fun at Penn State! You will miss it when it's gone!

 

Youcef Boureghda

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, 2020

Biology, Vertebrate Physiology

The amount of opportunities you have by simply being a student at Penn State cannot be overstated. However, some of these will not come to you as passively as others. So be willing to seek those ones out.

 

Gino DiNicola

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Premed profile Gino DiNicola.

Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2020

Biology (vertebrate physiology option)

If anyone has any specific questions I encourage you to reach out!

 

Lauren Echols

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Premed profile Lauren Echols.

Penn State College of Medicine, 2020

Spanish, Psychology

The journey to medical school can be overwhelming, stressful and scary and it's hard to not compare yourself to others when you go through this process, but I urge you to be mindful of when your thoughts are focused on others. Everyone has a different path into this profession and those experiences give way to diverse perspectives, which help us to provide the best care for our patients in the future. That being said, be true to who you are and what you care about and take the time to really think about these things. I promise that this will be time well spent. I wish you the best of luck on this journey!

 

Dominic Farronato

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Premed profile Dominic Farronato.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, 2020

Biology: Vertebrate Physiology

As a pre-med student you will encounter many setbacks but my advice is to put your head down and continue working hard because in the end it will all be worth it. There is no "perfect recipe" for an applicant, so do what genuinely interests you because that will be more impactful than just checking off boxes you think other people want to see. Penn State will provide you with the education and resources you need to be successful so take full advantage of every opportunity. And remember, you are smart enough!

 

Chris Godissart

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Seton Hill, 2020

Biology, Vertebrate Physiology Option

Focus more on the process and less on the end goal. Looking back to my time at Penn State, I was always too nervous about trying to get to where I am today, and your classes are already hard enough without that extra pressure! Also, take advantage of any opportunities related to clinical experience that the Eberly College of Science may offer. Those programs will be motivating, remind you why you're working and studying so hard, and give you experiences that will be very useful down the road!

 

Dasha Goykhman

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Premed profile Dasha Goykhman.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2020

Biology- Vertebrae Physiology

Please utilize your resources! Penn State has so many wonderful professors, faculty, and staff who truly want you to succeed. I often went to their office hours for advice on how to improve my application and guidance on editing my personal statement. Also, make sure to research the programs that you are interested in so you fulfill all of their requirements and do not fall behind.

 

Michael Healy

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Premed profile Michael Healy.

Kinesiology

Penn State College of Medicine, 2020

At times, it might feel like you have always have to do this and that, or "check off all the boxes" to get into medical school. While there is undoubtedly truth in being a well-rounded applicant, please don't ever lose sight of YOUR STORY throughout it all. I think a successful and unique applicant is not one who has the most stuff (or highest stats) on his/her application, but one that has a powerful story which speaks for itself through your application and subsequently, your interview. Remember that is okay to speak from the heart about what really makes you passionate. When you do that, you will know that if a school chooses you, they believe in your story and your place in medicine.

 

Christopher Koilor

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Premed profile Christopher Koilor.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, 2020

Biobehavioral Health (BBH)

Run your own race. In life, you will find that everyone has a different journey filled with unique experiences that helped them achieve their goals and career aspirations - medicine is no different. Trust in your own timing and invest your energy in meaningful experiences that will help you become the best version of yourself. There is no right or wrong path to achieving your dreams.

 

Kushagra Kumar

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Premed profile Kushagra Kumar.

Graduated May 2020, Matriculated July 2020 at Penn State College of Medicine

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Cell Biology Option

Make sure that when you apply you are READY to apply with the strongest application possible. Research what makes a successful student profile, find aspects of your application that are unique, and most importantly, take time to develop a compelling application. Thousands of people apply every year and seemingly identical, high achieving applicants are differentiated by almost arbitrary details. Don't be afraid to take some time off before you apply to develop your resume. It is easier to apply once with a strong application than it is having to explain in following years post-rejection why you are more capable than the first time around!

 

Shakira Laing

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2020

Biology

Be wise in choosing appropriate subjects that will prove to be beneficial to you in medical school. Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics are important classes to get acquainted with during your undergraduate years. This foundation will be very beneficial for your first year as a medical student. Even if these courses are not a requirement for your major, it will help you get through your first year of medical school.

 

Steven Leonard

Drexel University College of Medicine, 2020

Biology, Economics

The process of preparing for medical school (or any professional school) can be challenging, stressful, and confusing. However, you can make it manageable by starting small. Set some realistic and short-term goals for yourself. Align those goals with your interests and the advice from your advisors, write them down, and then put them in a place where you can see them. Quietly work on them every day, and once you achieve a goal, set a new one that builds on what you've just accomplished! When it's finally time to put together an application, you'll have a wealth of experiences and achievements that you can use to impress the admissions committee. Remember, baby steps add up over time.

 

Charmi Mehta

Texas A&M College of Medicine, 2020

B.S. Psychology

I was a student who figured out that she wanted to do medicine a few years after starting undergrad. So I didn't know what I needed to do. I went through all the "checklist" that Reddit and SDN gave me. Yet, I did not get in the first year. And looking back at it I feel that it was the correct decision that schools made for me. I wasn't ready since I had not figured myself out. If you want to go into medicine, you need to do things out of your comfort zone. Try to volunteer at a place that you would've never thought of volunteering. Get some experience in research. These experiences will give you character because you'll see the outside world with a fresh perspective every time. This will help you a lot in your medical school application and journey! All the best to all of you!

 

Andrea Meyer

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Premed profile Andrea Meyer.

Penn State College of Medicine, 2020

International Politics & Health Policy and Administration

Pursue your passions and the rest will follow. This is your path and yours alone, and it's okay to have a nontraditional journey.

 

Michael Sisko

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, 2021

Premedicine

Do not be afraid to ask for help. The journey through the medical school application process is a long and stressful one and you will greatly benefit from having people in your corner helping you through it. Most importantly, try to find someone you know that is going through this process or has recently gone through it to help make sure you aren't missing out on anything.

 

Christopher Sutton

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Premed profile Chris Sutton.

University of the Incarnate Word, School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio Texas

Environmental Science

I got into medical school with a 3.1 undergrad GPA and a nontraditional degree. Anyone can do this if they want it bad enough! Don't be discouraged by the stigmas surrounding pre-med. You are in control of your own future :)

 

Brandon Weiss

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2020

Physics

Make sure you focus on establishing healthy and effective study habits while in undergrad as it will help you transition when you get into medical school. Additionally, getting in to medical school is particularly challenging. I feel it beneficial to take a year after undergraduate to work in the health care field to see what it is like and find where your flaws are (I took 2 years off and felt better off for it). This will help you with interviews while applying later.

 

Noah Yoskowitz

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Premed profile Noah Yoskowitz.

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, 2020

Toxicology

Make sure to take classes you're interested in just for the sake of it, even if they don't relate to your major or premed track. Sometimes you can fill out a petition to get them to count for classes in your major as long as you can justify it. It's also more than okay to take a gap year if you don't want to go straight from college to medical school or if you don't feel like your application is strong enough yet.