Upcoming Speaker Event!  

Health Speaker Series
Tuesday, October 24, noon-1:00 p.m.
Hall of Science #146

Ethan Bachrach, MD, MBI, FACEP

The Health Professions Advising office welcomes Ethan Bachrach, MD, MBI, FACEP as the next presenter of the Health Speaker Series on Tuesday, Oct. 24, Hall of Science #142

Ethan Bachrach, MD, MBI, FACEP is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for TeamHealth.  He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University, completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and obtained a Master in Biomedical Informatics degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University.  He served ten years as a physician in the US Navy, an in multiple subsequent civilian positions including as the medical director of Emergency Departments and in informatics roles within hospitals. As CMIO of TeamHealth, his current responsibilities include running operations and regulatory quality reporting for federal value-based programs for ~18,000 affiliated clinicians including the PQRS, Value-based Payment Modifier, and Quality Payment Program.  In addition, he manages the clinical and application support department for TeamHealth's two electronic health records that support post-acute clinicians.


Registration Open!

To Register

Students must register to participate - deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  

The Whitman College Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) helps facilitate your application to dental and medical (MD and DO) schools by offering the following services: an interview, a comprehensive Committee letter of evaluation, the collection of individual evaluations, and submission of your letter of evaluation packet.  

The HPAC will be conducting interviews and evaluations for applicants from Feb.-April, 2018 for the following students:

  • Whitman graduates from 2017 or earlier and planning to submit an application in Summer 2018

  • Seniors graduating and leaving campus in May 2018 (even if you are NOT planning on applying in Summer 2018 you are eligible to participate in the interview process)

  • Juniors (May 2019 graduates) planning to submit an application in Summer 2018

To write a strong letter of support, the Committee needs to know you.  Therefore, you will complete the HPAC Document Packet (located at the CLEo|Health Professions website or by emailing muelleka@whitman.edu) and submit two weeks before your assigned interview date.  At the beginning of January 2018, you will receive instructions on how to schedule your HPAC interview.   

Mandatory Attendance:  On-campus students planning to participate in the 2018 HPAC process are required to attend the Health Professions Advising Workshop focusing on the HPAC Process, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12-1 PM or 5-6 PM.  If you are unable to attend, please email Kimberly Mueller, Director of Health Professions Advising, muelleka@whitman.edu


Medicine 101 
Wednesday, October 18, 12-1 pm 
Location:  Hall of Science #159
Description:  This workshop is intended for first and second-year students and those who have recently decided to pursue medicine.  Plan to attend to learn how to get started.  We will cover the basics about the pre-medicine pathway and how to be successful.  Broad coverage of topics including academic preparation, development of core competencies, shadowing, internships, MCAT and development of a 4-year plan and personal application time line.  

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Evaluation and Interview Process
Wednesday, October 25, 12-1 pm or 5-6 pm
Location:  Hall of Science #159
Description:  If you are a third or fourth-year student who will be participating in the Health Professions Advisory Committee Evaluation and Interview Process, attendance at one of the workshops is mandatory. Plan to attend for a discussion of completing the HPAC document packet, handling letters of recommendation, writing the activities and experiences section, and personal and biographical statements.   

Medicine:  The Application Process
Wednesday, November 1, 12-1 pm or 5-6 pm
Location:  Hall of Science, #159 
Planning to apply to medical school in the 2018 cycle? This workshop will focus on the application process, responsibilities of the medical school applicant, AMCAS application sections, primary and secondary letters of evaluations, application fees, the fee assistance program, and Gap year information.

The MCAT Exam:  An Overview
Wednesday, November 8, 12-1 pm or 5-6 pm
Location:  Hall of Science, #159 
Description: Are you preparing to take the MCAT exam? The MCAT Exam Workshop will help you prepare to take the exam in spring or summer 2018.  Plan to attend to learn about the role of the MCAT, how the exam is structured and what it measures, scoring, preparing for the exam, and testing site information.  If you will be registering to participate in one of the MCAT Mock Exams this workshop is a must!

MCAT Mock Exam - Registration Required (Space is Limited)
Saturday, January 20, 8-4 pm, Hall of Science Computer Lab, #127
The MCAT Mock Exam will simulate all aspects of actual MCAT exam day experience by using the full-length timed sample developed by the writers of the official MCAT exam. At the end of the exam, students will gain access to their score report. MCAT Mock Exam test scores are not recorded by MCAT or released to medical schools. You should be prepared to spend approximately 7.5 hours on the mock exam. Additional details will be emailed upon registration.


The Health Professions Advising Office hosts a popular speaker series for Whitman Students, featuring medical professionals and medical school admission representatives.  Plan to attend to learn what it is "really like" to be a health care provider, how to survive professional school and be successful in your career, and admission requirements. The presentations are one of the many ways the Health Professions Advising Office provides learning opportunities beyond the classroom to help students expand their knowledge and make connections with professionals in their field of study. Presentations are scheduled on various days and times to allow a greater number of students to participate.

George Birchfield, M.D.
Date:  Monday, November 6, 5-6 pm
Location:  Hall of Science #142

Michael Riggin
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Date:  Tuesday, November 14, 5-6 pm
Location:  Hall of Science #159

Dr. Tom Underhill, M.D.
Date:  January 2018 (date to be determined)
Location:  Hall of Science #142

Dr. Clark Coler, M.D.
Date:  Monday, April 16, 12-1 pm
Location:  Hall of Science #142



Dr. Carol Cassella

Carol Cassella, M.D.  
Physician and Author

Visiting Educator and McClellan Lecturer on Humanity in Clinical Care

Words at the Heart of Healthcare: How Fiction Can Health Both Patients and Physicians

Dr. Cassella is a practicing physician, novelist, and speaker. She majored in English Literature at Duke University and attended Baylor College of Medicine. She is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, and practiced primary care with a focus on cross-cultural and underserved populations before becoming an anesthesiologist. She is the bestselling author of the novels Gemini, Oxygen, and Healer, published by Simon & Schuster. All novels were Indie Next Picks and two (Oxygen & Healer), finalist for the Washington State Book Award in fiction. She has been Writer in Residence at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, and the recipient of a writing residency at Hedgebrook retreat. Prior to writing fiction she wrote for the Global Health division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, covering their grant projects throughout the developing world. She is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist and Associate Editor of Mind to Mind, the literary section in Anesthesiology, the journal of the American Society of Anesthesiology. She is a founding member of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit supporting literacy and reading the Pacific Northwest, and also serves on medical bards working in Nicaragua and Bhutan.


Dr. David Roland Byrd

Dr. David Roland Byrd, M.D., Chief of Section for Surgery Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Visiting Educator and McClellan Lecturer on Humanity in Clinical Care

The Surgeon Talks! Before and After the Knife

Dr. Byrd is the Chief of Section for Surgical Oncology (cancer surgery) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was the surgeon who introduced in the Northwest use of the now-routine sentinel-node biopsy technique. A graduate of Tulane University Medical School, he is board-certified in general surgery (residency at the University of Washington) and has completed a surgical fellowship in cancer treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is renowned not only for his expertise in the surgical treatment of a number of different cancers, but also for his dedication to the teaching and support of surgical residents. His concern for patients with cancer extends beyond the technical aspects of their surgical care, to say the least, and for this, too, he has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues in all specialties.


Dr. John Leonard

John Lenard, M.D.,
Prof. of Medicine Emeritus, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Visiting Educator and McClellan Lecturer on Humanity in Clinical Care

Regarding the Patient: A Reflection on the Nature of Suffering and the Role of the Physician

October 18, 2014


Nicole Marshall, MD (Biol.-Chem., '00)

Nicole Marshall, M.D. (Biol-Chem, '00), Perinatology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Oregon Heath & Sciences University (OHSU)

Research Lecture: Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: How in utero development impacts lifelong health

Real Talk Series: Career path to current OHSU position
Informal Conversations: Conversations with Students

September 12-13, 2013 

Curt Malloy

Curt Malloy, JD, MPH, Senior VP of Operations, General Counsel
Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)

Public Lecture: Career Paths in Global Health

September 16, 2013


Thomas Monath, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hookipa BioTechAG and former Chief, Virology Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)

Brode Lecture in Science: Yellow Fever and Tales of Other Emerging Viruses

September 17, 2013

Chris Perdue

Christopher Perdue, M.D., M.P.H. (Biol, '93),
Emerging Infections Surveillance & Response System (GEIS)
Project Manager, Lt. Cmdr., US Public Health Service
O'Donnell Visiting Educator in Global Studies

Real Talk Series: Q/A session about career path in medicine/public health, Armed Forces service, Public Health Service

Public Lecture: Global Health Surveillance Against Emerging Pathogens

October 7-11, 2013


Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine, New York University Medical Center / Bellevue Hospital
Editor, Bellevue Literary Review

Author of:
What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patient
Incidental Findings: Lessons from my Patients in the Art of Medicine

Visiting Educator and McClellan Lecturer on Humanity in Clinical Care

November 16, 2013