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Centre College’s medical school acceptance rate more than twice national average

Fourteen 2014 grads accepted to medical school

DANVILLE, Ky. (June 24, 2014) — Centre College continues to excel at preparing future doctors, with 14 members of the Class of 2014 getting accepted into medical schools, bringing the first-time acceptance rate among this year’s graduates to 86 percent, well above the 2013 national average of 44 percent, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

medschool“It is a given that students who are accepted to medical school will have excellent GPAs and MCAT scores,” says Joe Workman, professor of chemistry and medical school advisor. “What stands out about successful Centre applicants, however, is the wide variety of extracurricular activities they have done.”

Of the 2014 grads accepted into medical school, eight were varsity athletes, eight did scientific research at Centre or another institution and 13 studied abroad

Nine of the graduates will be matriculating at medical schools in Kentucky, while others will attend Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, N.H. and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Not all Centre grads accepted into medical school are science majors. Of this year’s group, five received degrees in non-science related areas.

In addition to those in this year’s class, 10 other Centre graduates from previous years have been accepted into medical school and plan to begin this fall.

Workman emphasizes that students interested in the pre-med track should weigh their options and make an informed decision. “Make sure you know the profession,” he says. “Take time in the summer to shadow your family physician or volunteer at a nursing home for a week. The quest to become a physician is extremely difficult and expensive, and you should know what you’re doing.”