As you may be aware, W&J has a history of excellence in the sciences and is ranked third in the country (per capita) for producing future physicians and medical researchers. Our students experience remarkable success in their applications to graduate and professional fields in this area. One reason for this success is the extraordinary opportunity for challenging study and individual research at W&J. If you are interested in pursuing a career as an osteopathic doctor, W&J will provide you guidance from your first day on campus. Should you later decide that you want to pursue a different career, that is fine, too. At W&J, you get personalized guidance, but you are not confined to any one career choice.
Students preparing for admission to graduate schools in osteopathic medicine may elect to major in any discipline. If you wish to be recommended to graduate schools by the Committee on Health Professions, you should register with the Committee on Health Professions as early as possible, and maintain that registration during your undergraduate career.
To secure a recommendation from the committee, in addition to the requirements of a major, a student must successfully complete 10 to 13 courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, English, psychology or sociology as designated for their chosen career goals. For more information visit the Pre-Health Program web page.
At W&J, you will also have access to many of successful alumni in the medical field who can assist you in your career path through mentoring and internships. As just one example, Dr. Kerin Fresa-Dillon '79, recently completed research with a W&J student that was presented at the 2010 World Vaccine Congress in Beijing.