Preparing for medical school is tough, but thanks to a club launched by Heritage College students, some premedical undergraduates don’t have to tackle the strenuous process alone.
The Ohio University Medical Mentoring Club, celebrating its one-year anniversary as an official OHIO student organization, connects premedical undergraduates from seven colleges and universities throughout the state – including the college’s five Early Assurance Program partners – with Heritage College medical student mentors who can help them prepare for and apply to medical school.
“The club hears all the questions I wish I had had answers to in my undergrad days,” said Jennifer Silk, OMS II, president of the club at the Heritage College, Athens. “Depending on who you’re matched with, you could have someone who says, ‘I’m applying to medical school right now,’ versus ‘What classes should I take?’ I would’ve given anything to have that (kind of help).”
The club also provides the student mentoring component of the EAP, which allows high-achieving high school seniors from Ohio to apply for admission to the Heritage College prior to starting their undergraduate coursework.
Student mentors at the Heritage College, Athens, are paired with OHIO undergraduates; Heritage College, Dublin, students are paired with undergraduates at Ohio Dominican, Capital, Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan universities; and Heritage College, Cleveland, mentors are paired with students from Baldwin-Wallace and John Carroll universities.
The Medical Mentoring Club has 180 undergraduate-medical student pairs on the Athens campus and six active matches at the Heritage College’s newest campus in Cleveland. So far, the Dublin campus has about 15 matches, Jesse Sheldon, OMS II, president of the Medical Mentoring Club at the Heritage College, Dublin, said.
“Essentially we are very much creating a precedent for the future of our club,” Sheldon explained. “We are working diligently as a new club on a new campus to create those channels and relationships with area schools so that this eventually becomes much easier for the future years of the mentor club.”
This article was originally published in the Winter 2015 Ohio University Medicine magazine. View the PDF of the orginial article here: New club pairs undergrads with medical student mentors.