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Health Careers Advising

Health Careers Advising

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.

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

Earlhamites in Health Careers

Victor Anciano
Harvard, Meet Earlham

Victor Anciano '09, a student at Harvard Medical School, believes that Earlham was instrumental in helping him get into — and thrive at — one of the top ranked schools in the country.

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Claire Welsh
Rethinking the Criminal Mind

“I am fascinated by the criminal mind and want to learn more about it. I want to revolutionize the way we think about the legal system and its impact on the mentally ill,” explains Claire Welsh '16.

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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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