Registration Now Open!  

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

The HPC will be conducting interviews and evaluations for applicants from Feb.-April, 2017 for the following students:

  • Whitman graduates from 2016 or earlier and planning to submit an application in Summer 2017
  • Seniors graduating and leaving campus in May 2017 (even if you are NOT planning on applying in Summer 2017 you are eligible to participate in the interview process)
  • Juniors (May 2018 graduates) planning to submit an application in Summer 2017

If you would like to schedule a Spring 2017 interview, you must contact Kimberly Mueller by Friday, January 6, 2017 (muelleka@whitman.edu).  

You will be contacted in late January / early February to set up an interview date & time.  Required materials for the HPAC review and interview process are located at CLEo - Health Professions website.  Alumni - please email Kimberly Mueller at muelleka@whitman.edu, to obtain the HPAC Interview and Letter of Evaluation Instructions Packet and Request for Letter of Evaluation Form.    


Audience:  For seniors graduating in 2017 (whether or not you intend to apply in 2017) AND juniors planning to apply in 2017.  

Day/Time (Choose only 1 session):

Monday, December 5,  5:00-6:00 p.m., Hall of Science #142
Wednesday, December 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Hall of Science #159

Topics for Discussion:

  • Spring 2017 Health Professions Committee interviews and letters of evaluation **** THIS IS CRITICAL***
  • Gaining Experience and  Knowledge of the Practice of Medicine (volunteering, physician shadowing, healthcare policy, patient exposure)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
  • The Application Process, including...
    • Time-line
    • AMCAS/AACOMAS primary applications (soliciting letters of evaluation, Personal Statements, Experiences/activities)
    • MCAT
  • Questions about the sessions, please contact Kimberly Mueller, muelleka@whitman.edu.  If you can't attend, information presented will be posted on the Health Professions CLEo site.


Audience:  For first-year and second-year students (2019, 2020 graduates)

Day/Time:  TBD - In January

Topics for Discussion:

  • Courses (required and recommended)
  • College Admission Test (MCAT, PCAT, GRE)
  • Core Competencies for Entering Students
  • Gaining Experience and Knowledge of the Practice in chosen health field (volunteering, shadowing, healthcare policy, direct-patient care)

Walla Walla Clinical Shadowing Program

The Walla Walla Clinical Shadowing Program,a collaborative program with the Walla Walla Valley Medical Society, Whitman College, Walla Walla University, and Walla Walla Community College was created in 2013 to facilitate pre-medical student shadowing in Walla Walla County.  At a special gathering of physicians and students,  Dr. Carol Teitz, Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Bob Perna, Director, WSMA, joined Dr. Ken Isaacs and Olivia Ware (BBMB, '13) to unveil the new program and website.

If you are interested in learning more about shadowing opportunities, see: Walla Walla Clinical Shadowing Program or email Kimberly Mueller, muelleka@whitman.edu

Summer Enrichment Programs for Medicine and Dentistry

  Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a FREE (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.

For more details see: http://www.smdep.org/

SMDEP is a national program funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
with direction and technical assistance provided by
The Association of American Medical Colleges and The American Dental Education Association.

There are 12 sites nationwide, including U. of Washington, UCLA, Duke, and Columbia

Application Opens: November 1, 2015 (deadline is March 1, 2016)

Admission Decision Release Dates: February 15 and April 1, 2016


Danish Institute for Study Abroad  

in Copenhagen, Denmark has programs and core courses in

The Biotechnology & Biomedicine program is designed for students exploring career opportunities within biotech research and/or biotech business development. The core course and study tours offer you insight into biotechnology-based methods for diagnosis and treatment of disease; an understanding of the dynamics of drug discovery and development; and an interdisciplinary perspective on how biotech research and biotech business work together.

Medical Practice & Policy
The Medical Practice & Policy program is designed for students with a serious, documented interest in medicine and have the required science background. The core course and study tours offer you a unique clinical course for pre-med students, not available in the US, valuable hands-on medical experience such as patient cases and clinical lab exercises, and insight into clinical practices and health provision in countries other than the US.

Public Health
The Public Health program is designed for students exploring career opportunities in public health, either from a policy, sociology, or pre-med background. The core course and study tours offer you a Northern European perspective on salient aspects of public health, e.g. prevention, health promotion and quality improvement, an understanding of the challenges of health policy making, prioritization, and health economics, and the ability to derive comparative insight from analysis of different national health care systems.

See http://disabroad.org



Dr. Carol Cassella


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

Carol Cassella, M.D. 
Physician and Author

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


The Surgeon Talks! Before and After the Knife

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

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 Leonard, M.D., Prof. of Medicine Emeritus, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Saturday, October 18, 2014
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


Nicole Marshall, MD (Biol.-Chem., '00)
Nicole Marshall, M.D. (Biol-Chem, '00), Perinatology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Oregon Heath & Sciences University (OHSU)
September 12-13, 2013 
Real Talk Series: Career path to current OHSU position
Informal Conversations: Conversations with Students
Research Lecture: Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: How in utero development impacts lifelong health
Curt Malloy
Curt Malloy, JD, MPH, Senior VP of Operations, General Counsel
Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)
September 16, 2013
Public Lecture: Career Paths in Global Health
Thomas Monath, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hookipa BioTechAG
and former Chief, Virology Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)
September 17, 2013
Brode Lecture in Science: Yellow Fever and Tales of Other Emerging Viruses
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
October 7-11, 2013
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


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
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Visiting Educator and McClellan Lecturer on Humanity in Clinical Care