Prehealth Professions Program
Samford University has a long tradition of preparing students for careers in health professions. Major in any discipline and benefit from expert guidance by the health professions advisory committee. The committee will talk with you about your career goals, advise you in your academic choices and help prepare the letter of evaluation required by all professional schools.
We have an active chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society, sponsoring service projects, visits to local professional schools, speakers and social events.
To help you pass the MCAT, we offer a preparation course and practice exam every spring, with sessions led by science faculty mentors.
To help you communicate effectively, we offer general instruction in both written and oral communication as well as practice interviews with feedback.
To help you demonstrate a dedication to a life of service, we offer many volunteer opportunities through campus organizations and ministries.
To help you investigate and understand what it means to be a health professional, we offer BIOL 361, a January-term internship through local hospitals that will allow you to shadow physicians and medical students for three weeks (one week in three departments.)
From the Chair+
Dear Prospective Pre-health Student,
Welcome to the pre-health program at Samford! You have chosen to embark on a liberal arts education that will lead to a career in one of the health professions: medicine, dentistry, optometry, or veterinary medicine. A Samford education will prepare you for the challenges of professional school and will also give you a broad background enabling you to appreciate the arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as math and the natural sciences. Samford’s low student/faculty ratio will help you get to know your professors, who will later write letters of recommendation for you.
Students in the pre-health program choose a major based on their academic interests. While most students choose biology or biochemistry as majors, Samford students in kinesiology, music, business, psychology, history, and Spanish have attended professional schools and are now practicing. Students are advised in their majors but also have access to Dr. Petrella, Dr. Garza, and Dr. Keller as their pre-health advisors. Students are urged to develop four-year plans for their majors which also include the necessary courses for the professional school exams (MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE).
Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-health honor society, sponsors a number of activities that help prepare students for careers in the health professions. Guest speakers introduce students to a variety of health professions and conduct interviews of students. Students also take practice exams, which are reviewed by faculty members, and students participate in service projects and social events.
Two courses are available for pre-health students. A January term internship allows students to shadow physicians in local hospitals for approximately 120 hours over three weeks. A Foundations 102 section is devoted to pre-health students and instructs students in the application process, interviewing techniques, volunteer experiences, and test preparation.
We hope you have a great experience at Samford. You will learn something about yourself from every class you take, every extracurricular activity, every person you meet, and every faculty member you get to know. Our goal is to help you find your passion and to give you the best opportunity to succeed in whatever career you choose.
Chair, Pre-health Advisory Committee
Advice to Prospective Students+
Your goal should be to prepare yourself for college the best you can. This preparation can include taking AP courses in high school, joining pre-health clubs, and exploring as many interests as possible.
As you look for colleges, you will be tempted to concentrate on acceptance rates into professional school. While this is somewhat important, acceptance rates don’t predict whether you will be accepted. A better measure is probably the number of advisors for pre-health students. At Samford, we have three advisors for approximately 30 applicants per year.
Advice to Freshmen
- Attend initial convocation meeting at the beginning of the school year (first Thursday of class at 10:00)
- Explore different majors through Samford’s Majors Fair
- Join the pre-health list serv and attend AED meetings to hear about different health careers and activities
- Get to know your professors by visiting them after class
- Take advantage of Samford’s many academic and artistic offerings such as lectures, concerts, art exhibits, and sporting events
- Do well in your classes to establish your academic credentials
- During the summer, seek out shadowing, job, or volunteer opportunities in health care if possible
- Find service opportunities and reflect on what you learn about yourself and about others from your experience. Keep a journal of your experiences and reflections on those experiences.
- Work with your advisor to develop a four-year plan for your courses
- Save the notes from your science classes to help you study for the professional exam (MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE). Do not wait to until your junior year to start studying for the exam!
- Read widely, including both fiction and non-fiction.
Advice to Sophomores
- Attend initial convocation meeting at the beginning of the school year (first Thursday of class at 10:00)
- Do well in your classes to maintain your academic credentials
- Join Samford organizations that interest you and contribute however you can
- Consider taking the Jan term internship course Biol 351 if you can
- During the summer, find shadowing, job, or volunteering opportunities in a health profession
- Read widely, including both fiction and non-fiction.
- Keep a journal of all of your health-related experiences (shadowing, volunteering, etc.) focusing on stories of those experiences and the impact they made on you. Also keep track of the hours you spend on those activities
Advice to Juniors
- Take leadership roles in campus organizations and work to make them better
- Take your toughest courses (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and study for the professional exam when possible
- Fill out and submit evaluation request form
- Determine which professional schools you wish to apply to
- Register to take the professional exam in the late spring or early summer
- Start filling out the application on or around June 1 and plan to have it completed by July 1
- Read widely, including both fiction and non-fiction.
- Learn as much as you can about the current issues in medicine, looking at each issue from several different points of view
- Remember to add new experiences to your journal and practice reflecting on what the experiences mean to you
Advice to Seniors
- Evaluate your application during the summer before your senior year and start to work on any areas that need improvement
- Make an appointment at the Career Development Center for a mock interview
- Let your pre-health advisors know of your acceptance
Application Process for Medical School+
Details about how to apply can be found here.
The application process usually begins on June 1. By this time, students should have taken or scheduled the MCAT. Information about the MCAT, including subject matter and dates of administration, can be found here.
The application process can take up to 20 hours to complete, so students should get started early. The application will ask for Demographic information including state of residence. State of residence is important if you’re applying to a state-supported medical school, since those medical schools have a quota of in-state students they must fill.
All coursework you’ve taken at all post-secondary schools. You will enter each course and grade you’ve taken, and the grades will be verified by AMCAS. Therefore, you must have the transcripts from each college/university you’ve attended sent to AMCAS. You can request that your transcripts be sent as soon as the process begins. That is, don’t wait until you’ve finished everything else to have your transcripts sent to AMCAS.
Extracurricular activities including jobs, shadowing, volunteering, research/publications, and awards. You can list up to 15 such experiences and elaborate on a few of them. Opportunities to volunteer during the school year can be found here. Some internships may be available here. Research opportunities are available to Arts & Science majors through the Arts & Sciences Program for Independent Research (ASPIRE).
Letters of evaluation. These come through the pre-health advisors at Samford. Someone in the pre-health office will upload the letters to AMCAS for you after you supply your AMCAS ID number.
Medical schools. You will be asked to list all medical schools you wish to receive your application. Fees will be assessed based on the number of medical schools you list. You should research those medical schools that fit you best and only apply to those where you will go if accepted.
MCAT scores. You will enter all MCAT scores and the dates the MCAT was taken. If you haven’t taken the MCAT yet, you can indicate when you are scheduled to take it.
Personal statement. The purpose of the personal statement is to tell medical schools who you are and why you need to be a physician. Personal statements have a limit of 5500 characters and can be uploaded as a Word or PDF file. Personal statements should include things not listed elsewhere on the application and should be read by as many people as possible before submission. Samford sponsors a workshop with tips on how to prepare a personal statement each year.
Once applications are complete and transcripts received and verified, the application is held until July 1. On that date, all completed applications will be available for viewing by the medical schools you have designated. You can monitor the progress of your application through the AMCAS website. Most medical schools have “rolling admissions”, which means they accept some students throughout the fall. Therefore, delaying your application will likely lower your chance of acceptance. For this reason, apply as early as you can!
Starting in the early fall of your senior year, medical schools will send secondary applications (usually electronically) to students they are interested in. Students will send their answers to these questions directly to the medical schools and, if the answers are satisfactory, the medical schools will contact the student for an interview date and time. Students are strongly encouraged to go to Samford’s Career Development Center to schedule a mock interview before their actual interview.
Choosing a Medical School+
Students vary in what they’re looking for in a medical school. Here are some factors to consider when deciding which medical schools to apply to during the application process.
Most medical schools offer an early decision option. Students must have their application materials submitted early in the process – usually by August 1 – are interviewed during September, and are notified of their acceptance by October 1. Students are not allowed to apply to any other medical schools before October 1 and must go to their early decision school if accepted. Many medical schools have minimum GPA and MCAT score requirements that must be met before consideration for early decision.
Type of Practice
Some medical schools pride themselves in producing professors of medicine, that is, those who will teach in medical schools during their careers. These professors often also have active research programs in their areas of specialty. Students seeking this career path should get research experience as early as possible and should work to make themselves competitive for the most selective medical schools. This usually means having a GPA of 3.9 and an MCAT score of 37 or higher (on a 45 scale). Students can also consider pursuing a combined M.D./Ph.D. which lets students go to medical school for two years, complete a Ph.D.-level research project, and then complete the final two years of medical school. The medical school pays all tuition and fees and sometimes provides a stipend as well. The student is expected, though not required, to pursue academic medicine and clinical research during her or his career.
Some medical schools pride themselves in preparing students to practice medicine the best they can. Many schools have special programs to encourage students to practice primary care and/or maintain a practice in a rural area. Primary care specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, and (sometimes) emergency medicine and general surgery. The GPA and MCAT requirements for these schools and programs are generally a little lower (around 3.7 GPA and 30 MCAT), though still competitive. Students seeking to practice medicine without doing research should investigate schools’ curriculum and teaching styles, their emphasis on primary care, and placement into residency programs.
Decisions as to which medical schools to apply to or to attend are frequently made on the basis of personal situations. Students frequently wish to attend medical school in or near their home state to be close to family. Married students may find that their decision rests with job prospects for their spouses as much as the attributes of the medical school.
The traditional medical school education typically involves two years of didactic, lecture-based classes in topics such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neurology, microbiology and immunology, pathology, embryology, and genetics followed by clinical rotations such as internal medicine, OB/GYN, cardiology, neurology, etc. during the third and fourth years. Increasingly, medical schools are going to a more integrated format during the first two years. This curriculum instructs the students in taking medical histories and conducting physical exams while learning the typical subjects in the context of actual patients.
Generally, state-supported medical schools are less expensive than private medical schools since state schools receive some money from their legislatures. Also, students attending state-sponsored medical schools outside of their state of residence can expect to pay much more in tuition and fees than instate students. The cost of a medical education is quite high: students can have debt approaching a quarter of a million dollars, and they are expected to begin payment as soon as they graduate. Students who don’t complete medical school are still responsible for paying back any and all loans. For these reasons, students should be sure that they want to practice medicine and should carefully consider whether attending an out-of-state medical school is worth the extra cost.
Allopathic or Osteopathic?
Allopathic medical schools award M.D. degrees and require passage of two USMLE exams and satisfactory completion of the medical school courses. M.D.’s then apply for residency positions based on their specialties, take one or more additional board exams, and are then licensed to practice in their specialty. Osteopathic medical schools offer the same courses as allopathic medical schools, but they award a D.O. degree instead. Osteopathic physicians are trained in therapeutic manipulation, and may apply for M.D. or D.O. residencies. Once they complete their board exams, D.O.’s have the same privileges and responsibilities as allopathic physicians. Osteopathic medical schools frequently have a mission to provide primary care, especially to underserved areas, though their graduates can apply for residencies in any specialty area.
Medical School Statistics+
Since 2009, 95 students have applied for medical school and 61 have been accepted (64.2%). The average GPA for all applicants is 3.59, and the average MCAT for all applicants is 25.8. The average GPA for those students who were accepted is 3.73, and the average MCAT for those accepted is 27.5.
Majors of Accepted StudentsBiochemistry - 10
Biology - 29
Chemistry - 1
Chemistry and Biology - 1
English - 1
International Relations - 1
Music - 1
Nutrition - 1
Psychology - 2
Sports Medicine - 11
Spanish - 3
Medical Schools AttendedAlabama College of Osteopathic Medicine - 1
East Tennessee State College of Medicine - 1
Indiana University School of Medicine - 1
Stritch School of Medicine – Loyola (IL) - 1
LSU – Shreveport School of Medicine - 1
Medical College of Georgia - 2
Morehouse School of Medicine - 1
Icahn School of Medicine - Mount Sinai - 1
Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine - 1
University of Alabama School of Medicine - 26
University of Kansas School of Medicine - 1
Miller School of Medicine - University of Miami (FL) - 1
University of Tennessee College of Medicine - 7
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara - 1
University of South Alabama College of Medicine - 11
Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine - 3
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine - 1
Preparing for Professional School+
Professional schools are looking for five characteristics in their candidates:
Professional schools in the health sciences want students who can survive the rigors of their programs. The evidence for this is a solid GPA (3.5+), both overall and BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math). With a high undergraduate GPA in a rigorous curriculum, professional schools will feel confident that the candidate is capable of continuing to fare well academically.
Samford University offers rigorous programs in math and science designed to prepare students for a variety of professional graduate programs and provide a solid foundation to a liberal education.
Professional schools want to know that you will be capable of passing the requisite licensure exams post graduation. Entrance exam test scores provide admission committees with evidence that you are capable of performing well on standardized exams.
The Alpha Epsilon Delta chapter for Samford University organizes a low cost ($50 + $25/exam) MCAT prep course every spring. Our predental students report that our MCAT prep course serves them well for DAT preparation. The study sessions are taught by full-time faculty who volunteer their time to support our students.
GPA and exam score will typically secure an interview for medical school. The interview will largely determine who does and does not get into medical school. In the interview, admission committees will be looking for evidence of the following:
Health professionals must communicate well with a wide variety of people: patients, nurses, staff, colleagues and administrators. Therefore, it is imperative that potential health professionals demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. Your personal statement in your application, your essay score from the entrance exam and all other written communication (including emails) will be used as evidence of your writing skills. Your oral communication skills will be on display during your interview.
Samford University offers excellent instruction in both written and oral communication for all students in University Core Communication Arts: UCCA 101 and 102. The prehealth professions advising committee conducts interviews with juniors and seniors to help prepare them for professional school interviews. The Career Development Center tapes mock interviews and advises students regarding professional dress and behavior. These services would cost thousands of dollars through private companies such as Kaplan and Princeton Review; they are provided free of charge to all Samford students.
Investigation of the Profession
It is important that prospective students seriously investigate their potential careers. There is no magic formula that a student should shadow X physicians for Y hours. Each candidate needs to make efforts to shadow and/or work in several health care settings so that they can adequately answer questions like:
- "Why do you want to be a health care professional?"
- "Where do you see yourself ten years from now?"
- "What kind of health care profession do you think you might like to be?"
- "What do you think about the current state of health care in the United States?"
Samford University offers a January-term internship through local hospitals (BIOL 361). Our students shadow physicians and medical students for three weeks. The students spend one week in three different departments. The best place to start shadowing is through your family physician.
When asked, “why do you want to be a doctor?” most candidates will answer “because I want to help people.” The best way to demonstrate that you want to help people is to help people right now. The professional schools will expect you to demonstrate a dedication to a life of service through volunteer efforts. Those efforts do not necessarily need to be medically related.
Samford University offers myriad volunteer opportunities through campus organizations and ministries. Student organizations all participate in service projects: Greek organizations all have philanthropies; AED volunteers with MPower, a local clinic; Samford University has funded and helped build a number of homes through Habitat for Humanity; service trips are organized every spring over spring break. Through student organizations and service learning in our classes, you will be hard pressed to avoid the volunteer spirit infused throughout our campus.
General Requirements for Professional Schools+
All professional schools require applicants to have competitive GPA's (generally 3.4 or better), a high score on the entrance test, demonstrated care for others, and experience in the profession (through internships, shadowing, work, or volunteer service).
Though many students major in Biology, Sports Medicine, and Chemistry, there is no single best major to be competitive for professional school. Students should find a major they love and do well in it.
- 1 year each of Biology (with lab)
- General Chemistry (with lab)
- Organic Chemistry (with lab)
- Physics (with lab)
Other courses may be required by specific schools; check their web sites for additional prerequisites. Recommended courses are Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, Histology, Embryology, and Microbiology.
Additionally, courses in other departments on campus (Psychology, Sociology, English) may not offer specific information that will aid in preparation for the MCAT or other admissions test, but do offer additional perspectives that will not only help you grow academically, but allow you to become more attractive to professional schools. Students are encouraged to read as much as they can – in all disciplines – to increase their competitiveness for professional school.
Medical Colleges Admissions Testing (MCAT)
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills in addition to the examinee's knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.
Scores are reported in each of the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences. Fifteen points are possible in each category. A writing sample is also obtained during the test and is scored on a letter scale.
Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and has been in operation on a national basis since 1950. The Dental Admission Test is administered on computer on almost any day of the year. The testing program is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability. The test consists of four sections: a survey of natural sciences (90 minutes), perceptual ability (60 minutes), reading comprehension (60 minutes), and quantitative reasoning (45 minutes). Scores used in the testing program range from 1 to 30. There are no passing or failing scores; the standard score of 17 typically signifies average performance on a national basis.
Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a standardized examination designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT consists of four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Physics and Quantitative Reasoning. Scores range from 200 to 400 with 300 the national average.
The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. Three scores are reported on the General Test: a verbal reasoning score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments, a quantitative reasoning score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments, and an analytical writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments.
The GRE Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study and can help forecast a candidate's potential for success in graduate school. Each Subject Test is intended for students who have majored in or have extensive background in that specific area. One total score is reported on a 200-990 score scale, in 10-point increments, although the score range for any particular Subject Test is usually smaller. Subscores are reported for the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; and Psychology Tests on a 20-99 score scale, in 1-point increments, although the range for any particular Subject Test subscore is usually smaller.
The General Test is the more commonly accepted test for veterinary schools.
It is important to stay well rounded in spite of your difficult load of classes. Become involved in organizations on-campus and in the community. Students should especially volunteer for service activities through campus and church organizations and keep records of activities (dates, number of hours, responsibilities, etc.).
Professional schools also require clinical and/or research experiences. Below are a few opportunities at and around Samford.
Research Opportunities: Samford Undergraduate Research
Volunteer clinical programs at local Birmingham hospitals:
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
- American Association of Medical Colleges
- Medical Colleges Admissions Testing (MCAT)
Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society+
Alpha Epsilon Delta is a prehealth honor society. Its mission is to provide a friendly environment in which prehealth students at Samford can learn valuable information about their fields, interact with peers, enhance their leadership skills, serve their community, and have a positive impact on Samford University. They fulfill this mission by presenting professional speakers from various fields, service events around Birmingham, providing information from students in the same field, and hosting social events for interaction with other students in the same field. Fellow students help others with their undergraduate studies in areas including test prep, tutoring, volunteering, class and teacher recommendations. Students on a prehealth path are encouraged to attend a meeting and experience the interaction for themselves.
History of Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Epsilon Delta was founded on April 28, 1926 at the University of Alabama. Fifteen premedical students met with Dr. Jack Montgomery, a professor of organic chemistry and the premedical advisor, to further organize the AED honorary fraternity for premedical students. Within a couple of years, other schools began petitioning for a chapter of their own. Today, there are over 185 chapters and over 144,000 members, and still growing.
AED at Samford
Shortly after joining the faculty of Howard College as Professor of Biology in the fall semester of 1926, Dr. J. B. Brake called together the premedical students and advised them as to the formation of a scientific club to foster scientific ideals. Within the 1926-27 school year the "Pre-medical Scientific Club" was organized and began to work. Only those students who had a B average and who had completed at least 45 semester hours were eligible for membership.
In 1928, the club petitioned Alpha Epsilon Delta for a charter. The charter was granted by the Grand Council on May 5, 1928, making the Alabama Beta Chapter at Howard College the second oldest chapter in the nation. The chapter was very active and was growing well until World War II. The chapter became almost inactive until it was revived in 1947. Today, the Alabama Beta Chapter at Samford University continues to grow and to help many prehealth students reach their full potential.
- At least 3 semesters of college science courses
- Math and science GPA of 3.2
Gain at least 15 points, 12 of which must be through AED events and service. Students must have signed proof from the event where they served. Point totals may be achieved through:
- Attending AED meetings or AED sponsored speakers (1 point/meeting)
- Volunteer service with AED (1 point/hour of service)
- Volunteer service outside of AED (1 point/service event)
Joshua Chitwood - President
I am a senior Biology major with a Psychology minor. Alpha Epsilon Delta is a tremendous resource for my pursuit of a pre-health profession. I have had the opportunity to learn about Optometry, Dentistry, Medicine, M.D./Ph.D. programs, Graduate Research, and Physician’s Assistant programs through this organization. As an officer of Alpha Epsilon Delta I want to provide students with relevant information and even more a source of encouragement, as they pursue a pre-health profession. I hope to encourage freshman to get to know the faculty and any academic resources they need. I hope to teach the sophomores of the pre-health opportunities for involvement and experience in the community. I hope to connect the juniors with student mentors to aid them in the goals they must achieve. I have benefited greatly from the encouragement and knowledge of Alpha Epsilon Delta.
In one respect I was a part of a three-week medical internship at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama; this provided me the opportunity to shadow three different health professionals, each for the course of a week. I am also a member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, a Connections Leader, and heavily involved in the Samford Recruitment Team. In my free time, I enjoy cooking for friends and family, running with my adorable Labrador, and getting lost in the pages of a good book.
Joshua Washington - Vice President
I am junior Sports Medicine [Pre-med] major. Since the first semester of my freshman year, I have had the opportunity of attending Alpha Epsilon Delta events. These events have exposed me to the process of applying to medical school, introduced me to admission’s deans from two medical schools and current medical students, and given me encouragement and countless tips on how to navigate my undergraduate career. Consequently, I am in a better position to have a smooth and successful journey through undergraduate school onto medical school. Now that I am a junior, I look forward to passing down what I have learned to the current Samford pre-health community. I have conducted research at Samford University and University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). While at Samford, I am a leader of the RANSOM ministry, a member of the student judiciary council, an IMPACT peer mentor, and a biology tutor. Outside of academics I enjoy playing soccer, basketball, and running.
Caroline Hinds - Treasurer
I am a senior from Parker, Colorado. I am majoring in Biology on a pre-medicine track with a minor in Psychology. I am honored to serve as Vice President of Recruitment on Panhellenic Council for the 2015 year. I also serve as President of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Treasurer of Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, and I am a member of the Student Activities Council, a branch of the Student Government. Alpha Epsilon Delta has been a great resource for me, preparing me to apply to medical school and has also provided me opportunities to give back to the community. I enjoy volunteering with the Oak Mountain Baseball/Softball Challenger League on Saturday mornings as well as volunteering with Birmingham TOPSoccer in the fall. I have a passion for working with children with disabilities, which is a key factor for my interest in pursing a medical career. I love my job as a part-time babysitter during the school year and a full-time nanny during the summer. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, outdoor activities, and reading books. I am a big fan of college football, good coffee, and the beach.
Nick Clanton - Secretary
I’m a senior Chemistry and biochemistry double major from Johnson City Tennessee. I’m also and avid musician and play trumpet in the Samford Jazz Band, as well as other ensembles and play percussion for the Campus Worship Band. I plan to go on to medical school for my MD/PhD in biochemistry after college and pursue a career as a physician scientist. I want to research in signal transduction pathways leading to cancer development, as well as be a practicing oncologist. Alpha Epsilon Delta has been a great resource in my pursuit of a pre-health profession. I have benefitted from the community of students willing to help with my preparation and the application process.
Ellen Berry - Community Service Director
I am a junior Biochemistry major. I am from Tupelo, Mississippi. Already, AED has helped guide me through the process of deciding what I want to do. Freshman year, I began to question if I had the ability be able to do any pre-health profession at all, but through AED, I found encouragement and advice that aided me in making big decisions. I plan to go to either medical school or dental school following graduation. On campus, I am also Chaplain of the Samford organization SAVE (Sustaining A Village Everyday), Treasurer of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors society, Secretary of All About Animals Club, and a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Outside of school, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with friends and my six brothers and sisters. I have a heart for people and for missions.
Morgan Ohlinger - Historian
I am a junior Biology major from St. Amant, Louisiana. AED has been beneficial to me in many ways. It has afforded me opportunities to build relationships with other students who have the same goals as I do. I have been given advice on how to study for the MCAT, about the application process for medical school, and about medical school in general. On campus, I am the Secretary for Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, the Trip Coordinator for S.A.V.E. (Sustaining a Village Everyday), and a member of Chi Omega Sorority. I also volunteer at Children’s of Alabama. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, going to the lake, and spending time with friends. I am passionate about children and medical missions and hope to enjoy a career where I can use my gifts to serve others.
Taylor Davis - Editor
I am a junior Psychology Pre-med major with a minor in Biology. AED has helped me learn more about the medical field and all of the amazing opportunities within it. It has also helped me make connections with other pre-med and medical students. Along with AED, I am a member of Alpha Omicron Pi where as I serve as Panhellenic Delegate, Alpha Phi Omega where I serve as Vice President of Public Relations, and Diamond Girls where I am the merchandise head. I also shadow various doctors that work for Brookwood Medical Center and Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga, AL, and help organize my church’s medical mission trips to Honduras.