Students start new pre-medicine club on campus

February 17th, 2016

The John Carroll University Pre-Medicine Club will hold its first event, a medical school student panel, on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in AD 258.


JCU graduate students Rachel Wilson, Brigid Prayson, Ethan Simpson and undergraduate sophomore Anastasia Dines are co-presidents of the club. Kathy Lee, assistant dean for health programs, is the faculty advisor.


The four co-presidents decided to start the club because they wanted an additional resource for students who plan on going to medical school. They enjoyed the pre-health professions club at John Carroll, but wanted another club with a more narrow focus on pre-med students.


Lee agreed to be the club’s faculty advisor because she could see the potential benefits of the pre-med club. “It’s going to give those students a different perspective and further insight into the world of medicine.”


Lee continued, “I felt like it was a great idea and being the pre-health advisor, it was a natural fit for me to be their faculty advisor.”


There are several objectives of the pre-medicine club. The co-presidents plan on holding events that are specifically geared toward the goal of becoming a physician, such as medical student and physician panels, guest speakers, and learning how to recognize vital signs in patients.


The club will also focus on professional development and networking in order to strengthen medical school applications. The pre-medicine club aims to offer guidance on internships and community service.


The students also plan on enhancing pre-medicine education. Additionally, they would like to create an environment that builds leaders among future physicians.


Co-president Anastasia Dines explains that she thinks the club will impact JCU students. “The pre-medicine club will give valuable insight and information to pre-med students about the journey and experiences to medical school and through it.”


Dines continued, “Our goal is to provide as many resources as possible to members so that they have a good foundation of knowledge about the field they aspire to go into.”


The pre-medicine club is not designed to prepare members for the MCAT, which is the test that all pre-med students must take before being accepted into medical school. However, the founders intend on inviting guest speakers who can discuss tips for medical school applications, especially interviews and personal statements.


Before the Office of Student Engagement recognized the pre-medicine club, the co-founders had a year-long registration process. They had to fill out several forms and hold meetings with students interested in joining the club. The co-founders also had to write a constitution for the club, which sets rules for the club regarding membership, advisory, and the club’s mission statement.


Students who wish to participate in the pre-medicine club must pay annual dues of $20 and keep a minimum GPA of 3.0. Club meetings are held biweekly after being inducted into the club.


Co-president Rachel Wilson has high hopes for the pre-medicine club, “We are excited to offer this additional resource to students and we look forward to seeing the club develop over the years.”


The pre-medicine club is looking forward to its new members and can be reached at