Pre-Professional Programs Pave Way for New Graduates

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Since 2017, seven Holy Family University graduates have taken the next step in their medical careers after being accepted into various medical schools around the United States.

The alumni, all of whom majored in biology or biochemistry, had two other things in common. They each declared the pre-med track and wanted to focus on medical careers where they could help people.

Michael Sicilano ’17 is attending Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  He is pursuing a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine.

Ugo Uguru ’17 is attending Drexel University’s School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Medicine.

Bailey Walters ’17 is attending Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sasha Stepansky ’18 is attending Temple University’s School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Dental Medicine.

Samantha Sundermeier ’18 is attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine.

Taylor Walker ’18 is attending Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, FL. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Dental Medicine.

Nicholas Ihnatenko ’19 is attending Drexel University’s School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He is pursuing a Doctorate of Medicine.

“Holy Family University’s Pre-Professional Programs are a way for students to take a major step forward in their educational journey,” said Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Students in these programs undertake some of the most rigorous academic challenges that Holy Family has to offer. However, these students are so dedicated to their futures in the medical field that they continually rise to meet every opportunity. We have been thrilled to see many of these talented individuals graduate from Holy Family and make a seamless transition to their next step in life.”

Holy Family’s Pre-Professional Programs allow students to declare a degree in biology or biochemistry and combine it with a pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine, and pre-physical therapy designation. The pre-med track began in 2014, while the physical therapy and physician assistant options began in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

“The array of new tracks in biology and the launch of the neuroscience program has allowed students to fine tune their curriculum and better prepare themselves for careers in the health sciences,” said Dr. Shelley Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “The new programs allow students to take the courses required for a variety of professional programs as part of their degree requirements. They graduate with all the coursework they need to successfully apply to the next level. Motivated students are getting into medical school, but also into veterinary medicine programs and dental schools as well.”