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!
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
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 — Director of Health Careers Advising & Professor of Chemistry
- William Harvey — Health Services Adviser-Consultant & Emeritus Professor of Biology
- Peter Blair — Associate Professor of Biology & Health Careers Adviser
Earlhamites in Health Careers
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.
Rising to the Challenge
Ruby Laskin '08, a medical student at Temple University, says the Earlham faculty believed that she could become a physician — even before she believed it herself.More