Participants learned about R-MC's
flourishing Pre-health Program.
The Randolph-Macon College Pre-health Program took center stage on April 5, 2013
at Pre-Health Day. Current students, prospective students, faculty, staff and alumni
learned about R-MC’s science programs, toured facilities and networked—all with
an eye toward the future of the college’s flourishing
pre-health program and to learn more about the college’s
future science facilities.
Randolph-Macon has a strong tradition grounded in the
liberal arts and sciences. Nearly 600 R-MC science graduates have pursued
careers in medicine, industry, government, academe, and business. With the support
of alumni working in health professions, R-MC hopes to further strengthen its pre-health
tradition and continue to attract the most qualified science students.
R-MC Pre-health Ambassadors
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren met with alumni who have agreed to serve as Pre-health
Ambassadors for the college. These professionals will mentor and offer guidance
to current students interested in healthcare careers and will guide prospective
students interested in learning more about R-MC’s pre-health program.
As the program began, Dr. David Young ’58 welcomed guests, and
after Dr. Russ Evett ’53 gave the blessing, Young introduced Lindgren.
“Ambassadors are the local ‘eyes and ears’ that seek to educate and to identify
partnering opportunities,” said Lindgren as he welcomed Pre-health Ambassadors and
other guests at a luncheon in the Abernathy Room of the
Werner Library Pavilion. “You have graciously agreed to serve as Ambassadors
to help R-MC spread the word about our invigorated commitment to the sciences. Thank
you for serving in this most important role.”
During the day, R-MC Professors Chas. Gowan (environmental
studies), Serge Schreiner (chemistry)
and James Foster (biology) led the group through
a tour of the Copley Science Center
and learned more about plans for the new 27,000-square-foot science facility and
renovations to Copley and Smithey Hall. The new three-story science facility will
adjoin the northwest side of Copley and will house the Departments of Biology, Chemistry
and Environmental Studies/Geology.
Following the tours, these professors were joined by Dr. Jan Carter ’78
for a panel discussion about R-MC’s robust science program and the college’s commitment
to the pre-health program. Carter is a member on the college’s
board of trustees and is the mother of
Alyssa Warren ’13. Warren is the first R-MC student to be accepted
to Eastern Virginia Medical School through
RMC’s new joint BS-MD program with EVMS.
The EDGE Medical Career Jump Start Experience
Pre-Health Day also included a Medical Career Jump Start program, which was held
in the Trustees/Worsham Room in Estes Dining Hall. The event was sponsored by The EDGE, a four-year
program provided through the Center for Career and Personal
Development that prepares students for a competitive edge in the job market
or with graduate-school admissions.
Current and prospective students met with representatives from Eastern Virginia
Medical School, The George Washington School of Medicine, and Virginia Commonwealth
University’s School of Medicine for roundtable discussions about R-MC’s partnerships
with those schools.
Prospective students also met with R-MC pre-med students and with alumni currently
in medical school to learn about the medical-school application process, and they
learned about The EDGE in a workshop titled Planning the
Road Map to Success.
Linda Carne, executive director of The EDGE, said the
day was a huge success.
“Pre-Health Day was an opportunity for pre-med prospective students to get an in-depth
view of the educational landscape at Randolph-Macon College,” says Carne. “They
met with more than 25 alumni who are physicians, talked with reps from three medical
schools that have early-acceptance agreements with the college, and talked to medical-school
students who are recent R-MC graduates.”
Learn more about the opportunities that are offered through
R-MC’s pre-health program.