When Victor Anciano ’09 was preparing to apply to medical school, his Earlham professors encouraged him to think of prospective schools in two categories: those that know Earlham and those that he could help introduce to Earlham.
They put him in touch with recent graduates who were attending schools that interested him, and they assured him they wouldwrite strong letters of recommendation to introduce him to programs where the faculty would not be familiar with the College. Anciano, who earned his M.D. at Harvard Medical School at 2015, believes that Earlham was instrumental in helping him achieve his dream — Getting into Harvard Medical School — one of the top ranked schools in the country.
“They did a great job of showcasing me as a student,” says Anciano. “And obviously, they prepared me to get a good score on my M.C.A.T. and do well at a top school. It was intimidating at first to think about going to a place like Harvard, but Peter Blair and Mike Deibel were very encouraging. They told me I could probably go wherever I wanted.”