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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 school and in 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 in medical research, 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 medical research 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 the 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.  

The College has agreements regarding admission (including early assurance) of qualified students to the Temple University School of Medicine and is in the process of establishing more such associations.

For more information on preparing yourself for a successful career in medical research at W&J, visit the Pre-Health Program web page. At W&J, you will also have access to many of our most successful alumni in the medical field, who can assist you in your career path through mentoring and internships.  As just one example, Dr. Dennis Slamon ('70), who discovered and developed Herceptin, the most widely used breast cancer drug, often takes interns into his laboratory at UCLA. Another researcher, Dr. Gary Silverman ('78), regularly welcomes W&J students into his lab at Magee Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he does groundbreaking neonatal research.  To read more W&J successes, visit the Education for A Lifetime page.