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Claire started at Penn LPS in 2007 as an Admissions Specialist and joined the Pre-Health team as Program Coordinator in 2011. Claire graduated from the New School in 2001 with a BA in Literary Studies and is enrolled at Penn’s Graduate School of Education in hopeful pursuit of an MSEd in Higher Education.

John Zimmerman will be teaching 2 biology courses a semester for pre-health and he will also be advising pre-health students. John earned his PhD in Developmental Biology from Temple University in 1994 where he studied asexual reproduction of the soil fungus Aspergillus nidulans. His postdoctoral work at University of Pennsylvania focused on the regulation of compound eye development in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.

Information sessions are for prospective students of the Organizational Dynamics MS and MPhil degrees, and for the Dynamics Learning Exchange. Meet with faculty, students, and alumni and engage with other applicants in order to learn everything you need and want to know about Organizational Dynamics at Penn.

We invite you to experience a "Taste of Penn" at the University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies Bachelor of Arts Program Team's open house event on Saturday, October 25 starting at 11:00 a.m.

What type of volunteer and work experience did you gain outside of class?

I was a student volunteer at The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) as a student volunteer. I was also a medical scribe for a retina specialist at the Scheie Eye Institute. I saw the job posting on our Pre-Health job/research opportunities forum and was in class with two students who were employed at Scheie. It is similar to shadowing, though I have found it more interactive and felt part of the team with my physician and his technicians.

What type of volunteer and work experience did you gain outside of class?

I did clinical research in the Medical Genetics Department at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the genetic and epidemiological risk factors associated with testicular cancer.

I also did clinical research in the Emergency Department through the Academic Associates Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, recruiting and enrolling patients in studies that focused on a variety ailments such as traumatic brain injuries, sepsis and sickle cell pain crises.

What type of volunteer and work experience did you gain outside of class?

A pre-health adviser recommended the opportunity to volunteer in the Academic Associate Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where I screened patients for clinical research trials. 

I also volunteered on a clinical research study at the Philadelphia VA, which I learned about through a fellow classmate who also works on the study.

How were your experiences with faculty and program staff throughout the program? 

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