If you are seeking a career in medicine, you should plan to complete four years of college. To be a well-qualified candidate, you should have a strong foundation in basic science and mathematics with advanced science courses that emphasize biology or biochemistry. We offer a wide selection of appropriate advanced courses, including histology, immunology, endocrinology, cell biology, nutrition, microbiology, biochemistry and intermediary metabolism. Medical schools are now placing increased emphasis on humanities courses and volunteerism in the community and at the University.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is now computer-based testing and should be taken during the spring/summer of your junior year. The mean MCAT score for students accepted to medical schools is approximately 10.0 and the mean cumulative grade point average is 3.5 (on a 4-point scale).
Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.
Joshua Blomgren, D.O. is a 2001 graduate from Benedictine University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. While at Benedictine, he was a member of the men's soccer team. After graduating, he worked in a breast cancer research lab at the University of Chicago while applying to medical school. He then attended Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned a D.O. in 2006. He then completed a family medicine residency at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago followed by a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.
Since completing his training in 2010, Blomgren has been practicing sports medicine with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush in Chicago and the western suburbs. His practice includes comprehensive, non-surgical care of athletes and orthopedic injuries, as well as concussion. He is currently serving as the head team physician for Willowbrook High School and is a co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox. He serves as an aid station medical captain at the Chicago Marathon and is a team physician with the U.S. Soccer Federation.His wife, Alexandra (Fay) Blomgren, is a 2002 graduate of Benedictine. Together they have three children and reside in Oak Park. In his spare time, Blomgren is a volunteer soccer coach and enjoys grilling and playing with his children.