CU Premed Students Learn about Education Opportunities

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 11 2006

CONTACT: Ms. Debbie Curry, 1-304-384-3273
Dr. Darla Wise, 1-304-384-5283

CU Premed Students Learn about Education Opportunities

Athens, W.Va. - A group of students at Concord University gathered at the home of President and Mrs. Jerry Beasley on Tuesday, September 26, to meet with medical school and higher education personnel to discuss medical school options, medicine as a career, and rural health care.

About 25 students met with a variety of representatives, including Cindy Warren, the assistant dean of admissions and student affairs at Marshall University School of Medicine, Donna Varney, the director of admissions for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), and Alicia Tyler, health sciences coordinator for the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC).

The representatives presented information on medical school admission requirements, tips for preparing for medical school, programs with financial incentives for practicing in West Virginia, and the need for health care practitioners in rural West Virginia. In addition, medical students from both Marshall and the WVSOM shared their stories with the students about the transition from undergraduate to medical school. Paul Ferguson, a fourth-year medical student, and Justin Jeffries, a third-year medical student, talked about the need for intensive study and the difference between learning in the classroom and clinical experience. Amy Bair, a second year medical student and Concord alumnus, discussed the differences in study habits required and the need to challenge oneself in undergraduate school in order to prepare for the rigors of medical school.

In addition, the students’ premed advisor and faculty member, Dr. Darla Wise, talked with the group about future activities planned for the students at Concord.

The meeting was co-sponsored by the Southwestern and Southeastern Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). AHECs are organizations with a mission of encouraging students to pursue medicine as a career, and to serve in rural areas where, in many instances, there is a dire need for medical professionals. The executive directors of each center, Debbie Curry and Patti Crawford, addressed the students about the opportunities in rural health care, and the programs they offer for enriching the educational experience with service learning in rural communities.

For more information, contact Ms. Debbie Curry, 1-304-384-3273 or Dr. Darla Wise, 1-304-384-5283.


PHOTO: Row 1 (l to r) Kristen Bozarth (Beckley); Ashley Hay (Plain City, Ohio); Dr. Darla Wise (professor at Concord); Brittany Keys (Lewisburg); Joni Cline (Wilmore); Kelly Parker (Alderson)
Row 2 Courtney Staton (Beaver); Kirby Bryant (Hico); Suzanne Forsythe (Huntington); Jessica Puckett (Princeton); Holly Damron (Oak Hill)
Row 3 Camron Hall (Oak Hill); David Lewis (Chapmanville); Michael Smutko (Madison); Kelly Ratliff (Princeton); Tiffany Mott (Hurricane)
Row 4 Rebecca Meador (Chesapeake, Va.); Alex Overmiller (Shady Spring); Adam Grose (Berwind); Brandon Shiflett (Shady Spring); Cassidy Smith (Mullens); Jessica Young (New Haven)
Row 5 Josh Smith (Matewan); Anthony Milam (Hico); Chris Herron (Dorothy); Aaron Stepp (Coon Branch); Derek Midkiff (Nitro); Robert Schwendeman (Centerville, Ohio)

PHOTO: Front row (left to right): Dr. Darla Wise (Concord University Associate Professor and Chair of Biology), Ms. Amy Bair (second year student at MU Medical School), Ms. Donna Varney (West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Director of Admissions)
Second row (left to right): Ms. Debbie Curry (Director, Southwestern Area Health Education Center), Ms. Alicia Tyler (Higher Education Policy Commission Health Sciences Coordinator), Ms. Cindy Warren (Marshall University School Of Medicine Assistant Dean for Admissions), Mr. Paul Ferguson (fourth year student at MU Medical School)
Back row (left to right): Dr. John David Smith (Concord University Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students), Mr. Michael Curry (Concord University Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid)