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Student and Alumni Stories

Whether they wanted to make a career change, gain a broader health-related background or strengthen existing credentials, our Pre-Health students had specific reasons for wanting to attend Penn. Read how the program’s flexibility, collaborative learning environment and research opportunities addressed each student’s unique needs and helped put individual goals in sight. 

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘16
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania ‘21 

A profound volunteering experience drove Alex to want to study medicine. At Penn, she found quality instruction, personalized advising, and a close cohort.

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ’17
Medical Scribe, Scheie Eye Institute

Learn how Dominique connected her student community with a physician shadowing network and made an impact in the area around Penn.

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘15
Tulane University School of Medicine ‘20—expected

Discover Alana’s humanitarian efforts through the Penn Human Rights Clinic, a medical interpreting course and her volunteering experiences abroad.

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘18
Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University ‘23—expected

During her year in Penn’s Pre-Health Programs and beyond, Victoria Chang enhanced her dental education with service and leadership roles. 

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘16
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine ‘20—expected

Hear how Penn’s Pre-Health Programs helped Jaemi find her passion for osteopathic medicine and the hands-on training she gained during her studies.

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘16
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine ‘20—expected

Learn how Stephen, a registered nurse, changed his career path to surgery and anesthesiology after working at a clinic in the Dominican Republic.

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘15
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania ‘19—expected

Explore mentorship and linkage opportunities in Penn’s Pre-Health Programs through John’s experiences as a marketing-consultant-turned-medical-student.

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘16

Explore how Christopher, a former college football and rugby player, discovered his passion for medical research through Penn’s Pre-Health Programs.

Pre-Health Core Studies 18
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 23

In the Specialized Studies track, Laila focused on enhancing her application for a linkage agreement at her first choice, a college of osteopathic medicine.

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘15
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine ‘21

Now in his third year at the Mayo Clinic, Rahul says that the biggest lesson in applying to medical school is to take your time and make sure you are completely ready.

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘18
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine ‘22—expected

When Allie Lockhart pivoted from engineering to veterinary medicine, the Core Studies track provided the courses, experience, and advising she needed.

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘15
Georgetown University School of Medicine ‘19—expected

Look into Lee’s transition from computer science to medicine, and his research in childhood cancers with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘14
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania ‘19—expected

Hear how a linkage with the Perelman School of Medicine and volunteering with LGBT health centers helped Mark find medical school success.

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘15
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania ‘20

Explore Alex’s hands-on experiences at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her transition from working in education to becoming a health professional.

Bradford Morris

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘19

Bradford approached his high school teaching job through a lens of healing. When he decided to pursue medicine, the Core Studies track made it possible. 

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘18

While completing a customized curriculum to meet her professional goals, Alex Pickett helped to coordinate shadowing opportunities for fellow Pre-Health students. 

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘15
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine ’20—expected

Discover how Linc’s professors at Penn helped him find dental school success.

Anna Smith

Pre-Health Core Studies 19

In Penn’s Pre-Health Programs, Anna enjoyed many opportunities to learn, research, and work with others who shared her passion for animal health and care. 

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘14
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine ‘19—expected

Hear how Matt was able to shadow at the Abramson Cancer Center through a connection made at the Pre-Health Distinguished Speaker Series.

Pre-Health Specialized Studies ‘18—expected

Discover how Trishya connected with students and faculty to make the most of her Pre-Health experience.

Pre-Health Core Studies ‘18

Dive into Diana’s hands-on experiences and discover how she uses her entrepreneurial perspective to make the most of her time at Penn.

Which program is right for me?

Admissions and Eligibility

Learn more about applicant qualifications for each of the Pre-Health Programs.

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Spring application deadline: November 1st

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Pre-Health Programs information session

Program Resources

Meet the program team as they discuss the programs and admissions process, as well as clinical, volunteer and research opportunities.

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