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Health Careers Advising

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We're proud of the health pre-professional students at Earlham. These young women and men are looking toward careers in various aspects of the health sciences: in professions that range from audiology, to medicine, to dentistry, and to specialized areas of veterinary science; in fact more than 175 different career paths!

Schmidt -kevin Kevin Schmidt ’12 is a biochemistry major who has, as he puts it, “squeezed every drop,” out of his four years at Earlham. He earned a nearly perfect score on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in August.

These pre-professional students major in any academic discipline, from art to psychology, with almost every academic field represented. Some students will major in a science, such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or neuroscience, but the choice is really the student's choice as there is no "correct" major for these career paths. Earlham students interested in health careers study on campus in Richmond and at our off-campus study locations around the globe, including Kenya, Galapagos, Southwestern U.S, Ecuador, Bahamas, London, Oak Ridge National Lab, The University of Aberdeen, and numerous other sites.

On the Earlham campus students learn in a liberal arts environment where they are exposed to the intellectual contents and methodologies of the social and physical sciences, languages, religion and philosophy, fine arts, humanities, and sports and physical fitness. Academics at Earlham are rigorous and challenging, and students have learned that much can be accomplished by cooperative learning within this community of scholars, where students and faculty learn together.

Earlhamites credited in research that could reduce blindness
Earlhamites credited in research that could reduce blindness
Beginning in 2005 with Emily Whiston ‘05, a steady stream of Earlham graduates have gained valuable experience at the Schepens Eye Research Institute/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

These broadly trained individuals with cooperative learning skills are the kinds of persons that the professional schools are looking for in their successful applicants. The health career path is a challenging one, and Earlham, through its counseling and supportive services, works with students in meeting their career goals. We are glad that you are interested in this path of study. Let us help you reach that goal.

All students interested in a career in a health profession should talk to a member of the Health Careers Advisory Committee and also start an AdviseStream account (this is an electronic advising and e-portfolio system)

These are the members of the Health Careers Advisory Committee:

  • Michael Deibel — Co-Director of Center for Global Health & Professor of Chemistry
  • Peter Blair — Co-Director of the Center for Global Health & Associate Professor of Biology
  • William Harvey — Health Services Adviser-Consultant & Emeritus Professor of Biology

Earlhamites in Health Careers

Sydney McBride
Helping People Through Science

Sydney McBride '15 plans to use her interest in science to help people by pursuing a medical career. Earlham was McBride's choice because Earlhamites enjoy a high percentage of acceptance into one of their top 3 choices for graduate or professional school.

Maggie Jesme
PAGS and Pre-med

Maggie Jesme '14 combines Peace and Global Studies and pre-med to address disparities in access to health care. A semester in Jordan solidified her goals and aspirations.


Have Questions Regarding Health Careers?

Contact: Michael Deibel
Co-Director of the Center for Global Health

Professor of Chemistry
Offices: Stanley 236 and Co-Lab 107
Phone: (765) 983-1459

Contact: Peter Blair
Co-Director of the Center for Global Health

Associate Professor of Biology
Office: Stanley 141 and Co-Lab 107
Phone: (765) 983-1517


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Contact: William Harvey
Health Services Adviser-Consultant
Emeritus Professor of Biology
Phone: (765) 973-2670


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