Why Study Pre-Med at MC?
The Maryville College pre-med program provides students with the skill set, knowledge, confidence, and character they will need to be successful in a variety of medical or medically-related fields. Maryville college students obtain outstanding placement in medical programs due to the rigorous coursework, hands-on experiences, sophisticated lab work, opportunities for prestigious internships, and volunteer work or shadowing at local hospitals and doctor’s offices. In addition, students will have the opportunity to obtain personal letters of recommendation from Maryville College faculty, with whom they will work closely throughout their academic career. Students that have completed our pre-med program have gained admission into MD and/or MD/PhD programs at reputable schools including: Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Tennessee, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Duke University.
While there are many majors that can be excellent preparation for medical school, students that successfully matriculate into medical schools typically graduate from Maryville College with a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. or B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.A. in Chemistry, or a B.S. in Neuroscience. All of these majors give breadth and depth of study, providing students with all prerequisites to assure medical school success.
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.
Through an articulation agreement, Maryville College students can be admitted into the medical school through a guaranteed acceptance program and an early acceptance program
Meet a Current Student
Rene Tinoco Hernandez ’21
Hometown: Lenoir City, Tenn.
In addition to majoring in biochemistry and minoring in psychology, Rene is readying for medical school by seeking opportunities outside the classroom. He is a member of the College’s Tri-Beta Biology Club and American Chemical Society chapter. During the summer of 2019, he interned in pediatric gastroenterology at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. “I felt that my clubs and classes, being bilingual, and MC’s liberal arts education helped me during this time since I had to communicate with a variety of different people and think quickly on my feet,” he said. “I plan to pursue further internships in hospitals or in lab settings to further my knowledge and skills before entering medical school to pursue my goal of becoming a pediatric gastroenterologist.”
Outcomes of Recent Grads
Casey Gentile ’17
Currently: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserves,
Second-year medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine
Casey majored in biology at the College and, following graduation, spent one year employed as the College’s laboratory assistant. Enlisting in the Army and approved for the Health Professions Scholarship Program, she is now studying allopathic medicine at the Florida State University College of Medicine. “My time at MC prepared me immensely for medical school,” she said. “The supportive faculty and staff, the rigorous curriculum and a wide variety of extracurricular activities allowed me to perfect skills such as time management
and leadership, and exposed me to concepts that are essential in my schooling. My favorite classes that have been especially helpful were animal physiology and cell and tissue biology.”
Hannah Cox ’11
Currently: Completing pediatric residency through University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine-Chattanooga
Hannah majored in biochemistry and enrolled in the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, earning her D.O. in 2016. She then was accepted into the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s pediatrics residency training program at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital. “I credit Maryville College and its wonderful faculty with preparing me and providing me with the knowledge that I needed to succeed. There were many times in my first two years of medical school that the material being taught was review to me because I had already learned it at Maryville College. I truly loved being at Maryville, and I am proud to be a Scot!”
Dr. Matt Mart ’09
Currently: Resident Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
After completing his degree at MC, Matt spent a year working with the AmeriCorps VISTA program before enrolling in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He earned his M.D. in 2014. “My daily work in medicine requires a keen appreciation for the role of science in approaching the treatment of disease, as well as a deep understanding of human nature. Maryville College offered the perfect blend of rigorous education in the natural sciences combined with a focus on the liberal arts and humanities so important to developing a well-rounded individual. From Dr. [Drew] Crain’s physiology course to Dr. [Bill] Meyer’s course on philosophy and science to the January Term Course in ethics, I found that my education at Maryville College exquisitely prepared me to step into my role as a physician.”
Medical School Placements
Duke University School of Medicine
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Ohio State University College of Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Louisville Medical School
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine