Judith Thorn, Biology
Students interested in the medical profession are well served by a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education at Knox combines preparation in the sciences with broad perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to address technical scientific and human interaction skills, both of which are required for successful careers in medicine.
Students interested in medicine are not restricted to any one major. Working with an advisor in the major, as well as Knox’s pre-med advisor, students complement their major with those courses which provide instruction in the sciences and other fields to adequately prepare them for admission to medical school. Students with this interest are urged to consult early with the pre-med advisor to ensure that their course selections are appropriate.
George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences Early Selection Program and Knox-Rush Early Identification Program*
Lori Haslem, Associate Dean of the College
The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences Early Selection program and the Knox-Rush Early Identification program guarantee to qualified undergraduates entry to medical school upon completion of four years at Knox. Both programs give students the option of pursuing rigorous study in the arts, humanities, or even the sciences, without the competitive stress of the traditional pre-medical program.
Students for the George Washington University program are chosen during the sixth term, at the end of their second year of study. Applicants are required to have spent two years at Knox, to have completed a minimum of 18 credits, including six terms of premedical sciences, with no science grade lower than a B- by the end of their third term, and have a minimum GPA of 3.3.
Students for the Knox-Rush program are chosen during their first year and are required to maintain a B average throughout college and complete certain pre-medical courses. Applicants need to complete two 2-term sequences in the premedical program by the end of their first year (chosen from CHEM 101-102; MATH 151-152; any two Physics courses from PHYS 110-130; any two Biology courses from BIOL 110-130). The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. This program is scheduled to end in the Fall of 2013.
Successful applicants for both programs will also demonstrate good character, a sense of responsibility and sound judgment.