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BSC Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee Helps Students Gain Admission into Health Professional Schools

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    Monday, March 01 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—A greater number of Bluefield State College students will be prepared to seek and gain admission into medical professions with the help of a recently established Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee at the College.  The committee, consisting of Professor Patrick Muldoon, Professor James Harrison, and Dr. Tesfaye Belay, works with students on a variety of fronts, including academic preparation, admissions test preparation, and the admissions application.

“The committee was created to help insure that our students can meet all the requirements to be successful in admission to medical schools, pharmacy schools, optometry schools, physical therapy programs, and graduate schools,” noted James Harrison (Associate Professor of Biology), who is joined on the committee by Dr. Patrick Muldoon (Professor of Chemistry) and Dr. Tesfaye Belay (Associate Professor of Biology).

Dr. Belay represented BSC at the Meharry Medical College Pre-Health Professions Advisors Conference in 2009, at which strategies were detailed for strengthening undergraduate pre-health advising for minority and other underrepresented students’ matriculation into health professions schools.  “The conference provided a comprehensive approach to advising, including an emphasis on the application process, financial aid, academic preparation and support,” Belay added.  Dr. Belay again will attend the 2010 HBCU Pre-Health Professions Advisors Conference – Phase II from March 2 to March 5, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The main agenda will provide a review of the topic “Transforming Pre-Health Professions advising – Preparing the Next Generation of Healthcare Providers.”

“The focus of this committee is very compatible with the recent establishment of a Bachelor of Science Applied Science Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre.Dentistry, Pre-Physical Therapy Specialization at BSC,” Muldoon explained.  “We work to help students prepare for the admission tests to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and other allied health sciences and graduate schools.  Additionally, we write letters of recommendation, signed by all three committee members, review their applications, and make suggestions for improving the competitiveness for matriculation into profession schools.

This committee was initially formed through the recommendation of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and has played a role in reviewing and amending the undergraduate science curriculums of Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre.Dentistry, and Pre-Physical Therapy Specializations.”