Preparing For Careers in Medicine
Although students may enter the health professional fields (e.g., medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant) from a variety of majors, there are several reasons why Biological Sciences is a great choice for students planning on applying to health professional schools.
First, biology majors represent more than half of all students accepted into medical schools1, as well as a high proportion of students entering the other medical and health professional schools. Second, there are many courses that focus specifically on the functions of living organisms, including humans, offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, including cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, physiology, and genetics. Finally, the Department of Biological Sciences offers ample opportunities for students to gain biomedical research experiences. The Biological Sciences major is an ideal environment for students to begin their pre-medical and health professional development.
What We Offer
- One-on-one mentoring between a biology faculty and each student each semester.
- Faculty members with specific interests in biomedical research including the areas of physiology, microbiology, immunology, neurodegeneration, pain, stress, and molecular biology.
- Unique Molecular Biology and Physiology Concentrations that include all of the pre-requisites for most health-related admissions.
- Summer Research Programs that focus on biomedical-related topics including Neuroscience and Pain.
- Collaborative working relationship with Duquesne's Pre-Medical & Health Professions Program.
Biology Majors Success in Medical and Other Health Professional School Admissions
Recent Biology majors from Duquesne have been very successful obtaining admissions to some of the best medical and health professional programs in the United States. The following is just a sample of recent admission successes of our biology major.
|Medical School (M.D.)||M.D./Ph.D. Programs|
|Boston University||University at Buffalo|
|Drexel University||Washington University in St. Louis|
|Loyola University Chicago||Temple University|
|Ohio State University|
|Penn State Hershey (Medical Campus)||Dentistry (D.D.S./D.M.D.)|
|SUNY Upstate Medical University||Harvard University|
|Temple University||New York University|
|University of Cincinnati||Ohio State University|
|University of Pittsburgh||Temple University|
|University of Toledo||University of Pittsburgh|
|West Virginia University||West Virginia University|
|Wright State University|
|Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)||Physician's Assistant (P.A.)|
|Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine||Chatham University|
|Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine||Daemen College|
|Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine||Hofstra University|
|Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine||Long Island University - Brooklyn|
|Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine||Marywood University|
|New England College of Osteopathic Medicine|
|Nova Southeastern University||Optometry School|
|NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine||Indiana University|
|West Virgina School of Osteopathic Medicine||Salus University - Pennsylvania College of Optometry|
Biology Faculty Doing Biomedical Research
Immunology - Philip Auron
Reproductive Physiology and Medicine - Kyle Selcer