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Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
You want to be a physician. You want to be a surgeon, or pediatrician, or anesthesiologist, or any of a number of medical specialists. Begin your path to a medical career with us. Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in undergraduate science programs, and a well-deserved, outstanding reputation for preparing students for entry into medical school. Please take some time to explore our offerings.
Declaring yourself to be “pre-med” simply means that this is your career aspiration. To get there, you must meet specific requirements, and these can vary from medical school to medical school. To be clear, medical schools are not looking for students with a specific major. Before applying to any medical school, students must first complete a bachelor degree program that incorporates specific prerequisite course requirements. However, medical schools are also looking for applicants that demonstrate commitment to the profession, community engagement, a well-rounded education, and leadership skills.
At Benedictine University our pre-health professions program, including pre-med, is designed to provide you with professional advising additional to your academic advisor. Our liberal arts programs provide you with the breadth of knowledge and experiential learning prized by medical schools. We have relationships with healthcare providers surrounding our region to help you gain shadowing, clinical, and volunteer experiences. Our Health Profession s Recommendation Committee guides provide unparalleled recommendations that are recognized by medical schools across the Chicagoland area, and beyond.
Medical professional schools do not require that you study a specific academic major. Many students choose Health Science or Biology because there is significant overlap of major courses and premed prerequisites. However, we recommend hat if you have a passion in another area, you can and should major in that area. Graduates who do this find they can incorporate this area of passion into their professional life for a more satisfying career. You can enter Benedictine University with a specific profession in mind, or without immediately declaring a field of specialization and be assured that you can begin course work needed by all medical professional programs. Our expert pre-health profession advisor will help you understand and choose courses that are required for entry into the medical schools of your choice. Academic preparation needed for a many careers in medical and healthcare science professions integrate readily with majors in the College of Science and others.
Aspiring medical and health profession students engage in volunteer service in the healthcare arena. This serves many purposes, and should be considered seriously and deliberately.
Students who care
Health profession schools look for evidence of a sincere commitment to healthcare. Medical school admissions staff look at how long a candidate volunteered and what the work entailed. In addition to volunteering at hospitals, working at clinics, supervised homes for physically or developmentally disabled people, and nursing homes are great opportunities to demonstrate your commitment, and learn more about what healthcare providers do and how to interact with patients. Students who want to be able to more actively participate take steps to become a more distinguished volunteer by obtaining EMT or nurse's aide certification.
Volunteering at organizations that aren't directly linked to medical care can also be of great value in demonstrating commitment to serving communities. Volunteer work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or soup kitchens demonstrates a commitment to serving others. If a prospective student is able to become a leader within the volunteer organization, that's also a plus.
Making an informed choice
Doing volunteer work in a health care setting shows a student has tried to understand the realities of a career in a health profession. Be mindful of balancing volunteer work with classes, jobs and other responsibilities to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Make a plan with goals. A reasonable time goal would be 10 to 15 hours per month. This may be variable, with more time spent during summer and school breaks.
Volunteer work should be discussed with your pre-health professional and academic advisors.
You want the chance to perform hands on research, gain clinical experiences, and interact with advisors who know how to guide you to make the right choices. At Benedictine University you'll have all of that and more. Experienced faculty provide investigative research opportunities. You'll have exceptional opportunities to become engaged in investigative and applied research. We can connect you to clinical experiences that will enable you to dig deeper into your field of interest. Volunteering opportunities are plentiful with the large number of clinical sites in the greater Chicagoland area with whom we partner.
The Benedictine Benefit
Allopathic Medicine (MD)
Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Naturopathic Medicine (ND)
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) provides high school seniors and Benedictine University students opportunities for early acceptance into medical school. For more information on qualifications and application processes please see our pages for High School and Undergraduate students or M.S. Integrative Physiology students.
Visit Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's web site for more information.
Students can begin the application process with LECOM with an Early Acceptance Program Inquiry.
Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) has a program that will give Benedictine University pre-medical students opportunities for early decision admission into, or a guaranteed interview with, MU-COM. Click for more information on qualifications and application processes for Undergraduate students or M.S. Integrative Physiology students.
Visit Marian University's College of Osteopathic Medicine web site.
Pre-Health Professions Program:
Regina Schurman, Ed.D., RCEP, CPA
Phone: (630) 829-2171
Office Hours: by appointment
Pre-health Professions Advisor
Jennifer Salutric, M.S.
Phone: (630) 829-6563
Office Hours: by appointment
College of Science General Advisor:
2017 Rising Star
Brian R. Poustinchian, D.O., is a native of Carol Stream and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Benedictine University in 2006. He earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he currently serves as course director and clinical assistant professor of Internal Medicine. Poustinchian completed a residency program at Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County’s Primary Care Internal Medicine Program. He currently practices in the western suburbs as the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospitalist Program.
Poustinchian was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Physician Award for outstanding service to Delnor Hospital. He has been published in The Journal of Heart Valve Disease and The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and has provided continuing medical education presentations in several states.
Poustinchian and his wife have given back as benefactors of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Midwestern University and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. He has also supported the Tri City Health Partnership and Fox Valley Marine Corps through charity golf outings. Poustinchian has volunteered at Benedictine University by speaking to the American Medical Student Association, and hopes to do more at the University in the future to inspire pre-medical students. Poustinchian currently resides in Geneva, Ill., with his wife and two daughters.