Heritage College hosts statewide pre-medical education event in Athens

Nov 21, 2016

Medical student panelists

Premed students in audience and touring campus Medical students answer questions during a panel discussion at Ohio Medical Education Day on Nov. 12 at Ohio University's Walter Hall. The event, which drew more than 200 pre-medical students from around the state, included informational sessions and a campus tour.  

More than 200 pre-medical students from around the state visited Ohio University last week for Ohio Medical Education Day, an annual workshop aimed at preparing students for careers in medicine.

The daylong event on Nov. 12, also known as OMED, was hosted by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Held in Walter Hall, the event featured sessions on choosing and financing medical school, mastering the interview process, networking, and weighing the pros and cons of taking a gap year before enrolling.

“I found all of the sessions really informational,” said Erin Webb, a biology pre-med major at Ohio University who was attending her third OMED. “It helps you stay ahead of the learning curve and fully understand the process when you’re applying.”

Another attendee appreciated a session focusing on the all-important medical school admissions interview. “You get good face time with the people you’re going to be interviewing with, and that opportunity is invaluable,” said Jacob Dickman, an OHIO biological sciences major.

Attendees also had an opportunity to interact with 10 medical school administrators from around the state, including John Schriner, Ph.D., the Heritage College’s assistant dean of admissions; to hear from a panel of current medical students; and to tour the Heritage College’s Athens campus.

“This year’s OMED event was outstanding,” Schriner said. “We had great presenters addressing many of the pressing questions that aspiring medical students have, and there was great energy from the program participants. It was also a tremendous day to highlight the Heritage College, with our incredible medical students assisting with programming and the opportunity to showcase our facilities.”

More than a dozen Heritage College medical students helped with the event, either as discussion panelists or tour guides. These included Crystal Piras, OMS IV; Tsedey Juka, OMS I; Joseph Rodriguez, OMS I; Spencer Hopkins, OMS II; Ashley Bonamer, OMS IV; Daniel Strbich, OMS I; Kwasi Ampomah, OMS II; Raymond Vaio, OMS II; Alexandra Polefko, OMS II; Amber McDermott, OMS II; Benjamin Marhulik, OMS I; Keisha Pierre-Lys, OMS I; and Arika Knannlein, OMS II.