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Pre-med, Pre-dent Day coming soon

Jan. 29, 2004

By Lindsey Gomez, reporter

Prospective medical and dental school students are encouraged to attend Baylor's 31st annual Pre-med/Pre-dent Day, Feb. 7, in the Hankamer School of Business lobby.

The event will be held by Alpha Epsilon Delta, Baylor's pre-medical honor society, and will begin with a morning mixer at 8:30.

Representatives from Texas' eight medical schools, three dental schools and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force will attend to answer students' questions.

Keynote speaker Dr. Jerry Vannatta, professor of general internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma Medical School, will discuss literature and medicine.

'Dr. Vannatta is quite knowledgeable and has a wide reputation in the field of medicine and literature,' Dr. David Pennington, Baylor professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said.

According to Pennington, Vannatta was chosen as the keynote speaker for the event because his expertise may appeal to the many pre-medical majors with minors in medical humanities at Baylor.

'The medical humanities minor is unique among universities, especially in terms of Texas,' Vannatta said.

After the lecture, students will have the opportunity to attend three seminars conducted by either the schools or military branches of their choice.

Each school will discuss a different topic. Students will learn about applying to medical school, interviewing and paying for medical school, according to Anne Cioletti, a Pearland senior and an AED Premed/Predent Day host.

Craig Cook, a Temple junior and vice president of AED, said the day is a good opportunity for students to get exposure to medical schools in Texas.

'Premed/Predent day gives students an opportunity to find a school that is a good match for them, helps them to show interest and get in good with a medical school,' Cook said.

The day's events will then move to Kayser Auditorium where students can ask former AED members and current medical students questions.

'It's extremely beneficial for students to attend [to have] questions answered directly from the school, [to realize] medical and dental school is totally doable and to start meeting the admissions boards of the schools,' Cioletti said.

Though Baylor has about 1,700 medical students, event organizers expect about 250 students to attend.Pennington and AED hope the predicted attendance will be exceeded.

'It's a day of encouragement, and will show students that real people can make medicine their profession,' Pennington said.