First-time medical school applicants who recently graduated from Centre College achieved an 83 percent acceptance rate, among the highest in the nation. A total of 16 graduates, within the past four years, were recently accepted to medical school and will begin programs this fall.
Professor of Chemistry Joe Workman explains why it is so notable that more Centre alums are successfully entering medical school, even a few years after graduating.
“It shows that Centre students take advantage of opportunities in college that may delay their application to medical school,” he said. “It shows that they have the realization that they may need more experience or more maturity before they are ready to go to medical school. Finally, it exemplifies the dedication that some students need to improve themselves after they have left Centre to become good medical school applicants.”
Carolyn Haugh ’18 received a merit scholarship from the UKCOM scholarship committee and the Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship for professional studies and will attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She is planning on studying to become a transplant hematologist.
“One aspect of my Centre experience that prepared me for being a successful medical school applicant is the collaborative nature of the classes and the investment the professors feel in their students’ success,” she said. “This led to supportive classroom experiences that helped me grow in confidence and knowledge.”
Within this group, 10 of the 16 are former student-athletes. The sports represented are football, men’s lacrosse, men’s track & field (pole vault), men’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.
Mason Paas ’17, who played men’s lacrosse, will also attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
As a biochemistry and molecular biology major, Paas credits the difficulty of the classes for his success, as well as learning responsibility and initiative through lacrosse and extracurricular activities.
Throughout lacrosse season, Paas said he would do a majority of homework on the bus.
“Honestly, I felt like I did better during lacrosse, because it let me structure my life even more,” he said. “It’s very doable, and I enjoyed it.”
In addition, former football player Chandler Sneed ’18 will attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
“Centre did an incredible job preparing me for where I am now, and much of that can be attributed to the amazing faculty,” he said. “I was challenged in the classroom and pushed out of my comfort zone on multiple occasions. I learned how to study, speak, communicate and adapt to difficult circumstances.
“Also, I had plenty of friends with similar goals as myself,” he concluded. “They provided a social network in which I could study and lean on in times of distress. Lastly, Dr. Workman did an exceptional job as pre-med advisor. His brutal honesty and selflessness was more than necessary during the application process.”
Workman has served as the pre-med advisor for 23 years, and starting this fall, Associate Professor of Chemistry Kerry Paumi will serve in this role.
by Kerry Steinhofer
August 1, 2018