Post Bacc Pre-Health Update

Director’s Message

It has been an exciting year for our program with new tracks, newly cultivated community outreach partners, and successful student outcomes.

With the help of Christine Mount, MS, PA-C, Program Director of the PA program at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and new Advisory Board member, we introduced a 10- month, pre-PA track for students with a science background to begin this fall. Also beginning this fall, Robert Rarig, PhD, will teach a 1-credit spatial assessment course to better prepare our pre-dental students for the DAT. Finally, in continued collaboration with clinical faculty from the Temple community, students learned more about compassion in “The Practice of Healthcare: Competencies and Current Topics”, directed by Catherine Fair, MD.

The addition of Kari Hexem, DMD, MPH, Philadelphia FIGHT Family Dentistry and Dental Director, to our Advisory Board brought our pre-dental students to Philadelphia FIGHT, a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk, to observe clinical procedures and practices. And all students had the opportunity to volunteer with Prevention Point, which provides harm reduction services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area.

Finally, the ~80% acceptance rate over 3 years for our students entering professional school reflects the dedication of the program’s CST faculty and the support of the CST leadership.

Thank you.

Grace Hershman
Associate Vice Dean and Program Director CST Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program

Read the complete Summer 2019 Update