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November 2, 2021

Helping prepare and mentor future medical professionals in all fields, the Shawnee State University Pre-Med Club seeks to expand the experiences of its student members in all medical-based activities. Throughout the year, various medical professionals will speak to the students in the club on topics of medical school preparation, field research, and exploring career opportunities. Recently the club visited the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

group of students in medical facility watching demonstration
Students in the Shawnee State University Pre-Med Club recently toured West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine labs and classrooms.

During the club’s visit, the group toured the program’s facilities while having the opportunity to interact with different admissions counselors and graduate students. Hannah Thacker, a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences, serves as the Pre-Med Club’s Treasurer and is grateful for the opportunity to take these kinds of trips to explore future schools.

“It meant a lot to me because it allowed me to see a glimpse into what could be my future,” said Thacker. “I am really looking forward to connecting with patients and helping them feel their best.”

During the club’s visit they were permitted to tour the cadaver anatomy room and experience the clinical evaluation simulation lab where the students examined human patient simulators. The simulators are used to help students see how patients could interact and behave in clinical settings.

SSU’s Pre-Med track in Biomedical Sciences offers a hands-on experience to students to prepare for medical school. With a strong foundation in biology and developing in-depth scientific research skills, the program also offers an advanced human anatomy course where students participate in a human cadaver dissection lab.

“The amount of knowledge I have gained from my classes and professors has helped me to become a better student,” said Thacker. “I plan to pursue a master’s degree and become a physician’s assistant.”

Hosting upcoming events, the Pre-Med Club routinely welcomes new students into their meetings and partners with different clubs and organizations across campus. To learn more about the Shawnee State University Pre-Med Club and other campus organizations on campus, To read more on the university’s Pre-Med program, visit