New Program Provides Guidance for Gannon University Pre-Med Students
Posted: August 2, 2017
It's no secret that the pre-medical
curriculum is one of the most rigorous and intensive of academic
programs. Yet to succeed in medical school, a student needs skills
that go beyond mere mastery of cellular biology or anatomy, as
important as those can be.
Supplying those skills is the goal
of the Gamma Guidance Program that matches medical students from
the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) with pre-med
students just starting their journey to a medical career.
Lydia Lukomski, a Gannon University
sophomore from Portville, New York, is one.
Lukomski is a classic high-achiever.
In high school she was a member of the National Honor Society,
twice won first place at the Alfred State Science Fair and won a
Rensselaer Medal for Proficiency in Math and Science. At Gannon,
she received a prestigious Founders scholarship, is a member of the
Honors program and is an outside hitter on the women's volleyball
team that won a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship
Still, even students as accomplished
as Lukomski can benefit from mentorship, according to Karla
Mashburn, director of Gannon University's pre-health advising
program. "Preparing your application to medical school can be a
demanding yet rewarding process," she said. "Only someone who has
gone through it knows about the special challenges students might
encounter, and that's why Gannon pre-med students are so fortunate
to have mentors like those from LECOM."
Lukomski's mentor is Samantha
Storti, a LECOM student from Portersville, Pennsylvania. A
high-achiever herself, Storti is president of the Gamma chapter of
Sigma Sigma Phi, a national honorary osteopathic service
fraternity. According to Storti, the Gamma Guidance program arose
as an additional service initiative for the chapter.
"I went to Penn State-Behrend, and I
knew how hard it was to get help and advice you can rely on,"
Storti said. "You can talk to people, like faculty advisers, but
they haven't been to med school and haven't gone through the
process of applying."
The Gamma chapter's ultimate goal is
to expand the program beyond Gannon University and Penn State Erie,
The Behrend College. "Pre-med students are so busy. Getting people
interested and getting the word out was a challenge, but in the
fall, we'd like to advertise the program better and do more
programming. We hope to expand it in the next few years, so we
can help students in the crazy medical-school application