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  • Hands-on Experience

    Premedicine students are encouraged to seek opportunities for clinical exposure and community involvement. At the Free Clinic at Ada Jenkins, located within walking distance of the college, students can work with professionals in different areas of health services and specialties.

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  • Community Impact

    Premedicine students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience and have a significant impact in the community. For example, students piloted a nutrition-based public health and education program for local adults and children that aims to reduce non-communicable diseases through healthier eating.

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  • Well-Prepared

    Davidson has proven success in preparing students for medical school, as reflected in the high number of Davidson students who pursue medical fields and the high number of students who get accepted into medical schools. For the last dozen years, Davidson's median acceptance has remained about 20 percent higher than the national average.

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Premedicine and Allied Health Professions

Davidson has a rich tradition in the preprofessional training of medical health professionals, and its students are, and continue to become, leaders in the medical and dental profession. The liberal arts education you receive here prepares you, as a future health services provider, to meet the challenges and shoulder the responsibilities that await you.

The Premedicine and Allied Health Professions program emphasizes allopathic medicine (M.D.), though the program director and advisers can provide information and resources related to other health professions, including osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, physician's assistant, public health, nursing, etc.

First-year and sophomore students should attend the fall semester Premedicine and Allied Health Professions director's meeting; and then meet individually with Naila Mamoon, program director, early in your college career to discuss a plan of study.

Sandy Black Memorial Award

This award is presented to a junior student whose superior academic record and demonstrated traits of character, personality, and leadership give promise of an outstanding contribution to the field of medicine. This award was established by Mrs. Sam Orr Black in memory of her first grandson Sam Orr Black, III. Presented by the Premedicine and Allied Health Professions Program and the Premedical Advisory Committee

  • 2018 Sarah Kopp, Andrew Krueger
  • 2017 Khanh H. Vang Luong, Julia Rose Preziosi
  • 2016 Huailin Michael Zhang, Dennis J. Akrobetu
  • 2015 Rebecca McClure Garner, Olivia Christine Menden
  • 2014 Zachary R. Dionise, Presley S. Parkes
  • 2013 Henry Millard Lee III
  • 2012 John David Ike
  • 2011 Brian A. Bouchard, Harry (Ree) Lightsey
  • 2010 Matthew A. De Niear
  • 2009 Rachel R. Marks
  • 2008 Colby C. Uptegraft
  • 2007 Joshua B. Knight, Anna Seung-ha Nam
  • 2006 Douglas Grunwald
  • 2005 Carrie Black
  • 2004 Sarah N. Davis
  • 2003 David Johnson
  • 2002 J. Peter Campbell
  • 2001 James H. Daniel
  • 2000 Wesley H. Self
  • 1999 Robert A. Magnussen
  • 1998 Matthew S. McKillop
  • 1997 Meredith R. Allen, Matthew J. Ellis
  • 1996 C. Jason Wright
  • 1995 Andrew McGregor
  • 1994 Mira A. Ecklund
  • 1993 Mary C. Dawson
  • 1992 Alan M. Verm
  • 1991 George R. Huffman, III
  • 1990 William B. Grow
  • 1989 Marion B. Gillespie
  • 1988 Peter G. Mangone
  • 1987 Lauren B. Adams
  • 1986 Dawn R. Bhasin, Reubie H. Gaston
  • 1985 Nathan O. Spell, III
  • 1984 Gregory F. Murphy
  • 1983 James R. Herlong
  • 1982 Eric A. Weiss
  • 1981 Craig J. White
  • 1980 John M. Porter
  • 1979 Michael E. Garfinckel
  • 1978 Steven B. Porter
  • 1977 Foster Jennings, Jr., M. Gilliam Skinner
  • 1976 Ruth C. Murphy, Walter C. Broadhead
  • 1975 B. Hadley Wilson
  • 1974 Arn H. Eliasson, Michael Mahla
  • 1973 John M. Douglas
  • 1972 Henry S. Jennings
  • 1971 Ray Swetenburg

Daniel Blain Woods Memorial Award

This "heart" award is presented to a junior student for exhibiting the qualities needed by a good doctor: wisdom, compassion, the desire to serve, the ability to analyze problems, integrity, and academic excellence. This award was established by Dr. James E. Woods, Jr., Class of 1918 and his wife, Elizabeth, in memory of their son, Class of 1958. Presented by the Premedicine and Allied Health Professions Program and the Premedical Advisory Committee.

  • 2018 Sarah Kopp, Andrew Krueger
  • 2017 Khanh H. Vang Luong, Julia Rose Preziosi
  • 2016 Huailin Michael Zhang, Dennis J. Akrobetu
  • 2015 Rebecca McClure Garner, Olivia Christine Menden
  • 2014 Zachary R. Dionise, Presley S. Parkes
  • 2013 Henry Millard Lee III
  • 2012 John David Ike
  • 2011 Brian A. Bouchard, Harry (Ree) Lightsey
  • 2010 Matthew A. De Niear
  • 2009 Rachel R. Marks
  • 2008 Colby C. Uptegraft
  • 2007 Joshua B. Knight, Anna Seung-ha Nam
  • 2006 Douglas Grunwald
  • 2005 Carrie Black
  • 2004 Sarah N. Davis
  • 2003 David Johnson
  • 2002 J. Peter Campbell
  • 2001 James H. Daniel
  • 2000 Wesley H. Self
  • 1999 Robert A. Magnussen
  • 1998 Matthew S. McKillop
  • 1997 Meredith R. Allen, Matthew J. Ellis
  • 1996 C. Jason Wright
  • 1995 Andrew McGregor
  • 1994 Mira A. Ecklund
  • 1993 Mary C. Dawson
  • 1992 Alan M. Verm
  • 1991 George R. Huffman, III
  • 1990 William B. Grow
  • 1989 Marion B. Gillespie
  • 1988 Peter G. Mangone
  • 1987 Lauren B. Adams
  • 1986 Dawn R. Bhasin, Reubie H. Gaston
  • 1985 Nathan O. Spell, III
  • 1984 Gregory F. Murphy
  • 1983 James R. Herlong
  • 1982 Eric A. Weiss
  • 1981 Craig J. White
  • 1980 John M. Porter
  • 1979 Michael E. Garfinckel
  • 1978 Steven B. Porter
  • 1977 Foster Jennings, Jr., M. Gilliam Skinner
  • 1976 Ruth C. Murphy, Walter C. Broadhead
  • 1975 B. Hadley Wilson
  • 1974 Arn H. Eliasson, Michael Mahla
  • 1973 John M. Douglas
  • 1972 Henry S. Jennings
  • 1971 Ray Swetenburg