Just what the doctor ordered

Med school acceptances surpass national average

By Mary Boone

Is there a doctor in the house? Increasingly the answer to that question is yes among Puget Sound alumni, as UPS grads are being accepted to top medical schools much more frequently than the national average.

Across the country last year, about 47 percent of students who applied to medical school were accepted, but Puget Sound's rate of acceptance-at med schools such as Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth, the University of Washington, Mayo Medical School, the University of Iowa, and the University of Oregon-was 76 percent. In 1999, 73 percent of Puget Sound students who applied to medical school were accepted.

Though Barry Anton hesitates to take credit for the University's growing reputation as a "medical school feeder," the Health Professions Advising Committee he chairs helps students prepare both for medical school and the medical school application process.

Anton's committee, composed of faculty from disciplines ranging from science and math to theater and religion, helps students choose curriculum and stay abreast of changes in the health care arena. It also provides recommended reading lists.

Students participate in writing workshops and go through mock interviews that are videotaped and critiqued for both style and content.

"That was helpful because really intense interviews aren't something most college students have any experience with," says David Nieglos '00, a first-year medical student at Johns Hopkins University.

Also helpful, he says, was the counseling that came along with the advising program.

"I'd go see Barry every time I got accepted or rejected from one of the schools I applied to," says Nieglos, a Boulder, Colo., native. "Barry really helped me hold it all together and keep things in perspective. I think most people who go through this process need that sort of assistance, whether they know it at the time or not."