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Helping You Design Your Path to Medical School

Clark’s Prehealth Advising Program offers you individual attention from faculty, a myriad of research opportunities both on and off campus, lectures with invited speakers, and workshops on the medical school application process and exams. You also will be eligible for departmental awards and prizes.

Denis LaRochelle


Read the welcome message from Denis Larochelle, professor of biology and chair of the Prehealth Advising Program.

How We Can Help You

  • Since 1985, 75% of Clark students who applied only to U.S. M.D.-granting medical schools (excluding offshore schools and osteopathic, dental, or other allied health doctoral programs) have been accepted. It should be emphasized that virtually all applicants who excel academically, demonstrate appropriate strengths of character, and work with our committee throughout the application process will be accepted.
  • For nearly a decade, the five-year running average of acceptances/applicants for all Clark applicants to U.S. medical schools has been 20 to 50% above the national average.
  • Medical schools to which Clark students have been accepted since 1990 include Albany, Albert Einstein, Boston University, Brown, California-Irvine, California-San Diego, California-San Francisco, Chicago Medical, Chicago Pritzker, Columbia, Cooper, Dartmouth, Drexel, Florida International, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Howard, Indiana, Jefferson, Louisville, LSU-NO, Medical College of Wisconsin, Michigan State, Mount Sinai, New York Medical, New York University, North Carolina, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, Robert Wood Johnson, Rochester, Rush, Southern California, Stony Brook, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Downstate, SUNY Upstate, Temple, Texas A&M, Texas-Galveston, Tufts, Tulane, UConn., UMass, Uniformed Services, UPenn., Vanderbilt, Vermont, Virginia, and Yale.
  • Dr. Denis Larochelle, director of Clark’s Medical Careers Advising Program, is an active member of the Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NEAAHP) and the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).
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Research Opportunities

As a prehealth student, you’ll have the chance to join research teams on campus and learn state-of-the-art techniques and technologies. You may even become a co-author on a publication in a scientific journal. You also will have the chance to conduct research in off-campus settings, including UMass Medical School in Worcester.

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Pharmacy at MCPHS

Clark University and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) now offer assured admission for qualified Clark graduates to MCPHS pharmacy program.

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Traditional Advising Services

The Prehealth Advising Program can help current students and alumni explore medical careers, secure research opportunities, plan their programs of study, choose professional schools, and prepare for exams and interviews.

Awards and Prizes

Clark premedical students are eligible for awards and prizes:

  • The Dr. Kenneth A. Senter ’43 Endowed Award for Premed Undergraduates provides an award to a premedical undergraduate student who is of high academic standing and deserving of financial assistance.
  • The Edward N. Trachtenberg Endowed Prize provides an award to a health professions applicant based on such factors as academic record, suitability for the profession, and financial need.
  • Students applying to Clark who are interested in careers in medicine may qualify for merit-based scholarships that provide substantial tuition discounts and financial support for doing research during the summer following the student’s junior year at Clark.

List of Award and Prize Winners

David Doran Trager ’64 Memorial Prize for Excellence in Biology was awarded each year through 2010 to a senior accepted to a medical school:

  • 2010 – Papiya Sinha
  • 2009 – Salvatore Pezzella (University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine)
  • 2008 – Shyamal Asher (The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University)
  • 2007 – Peter Abdalla (University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • 2006 – Kasmir Ramo (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • 2005 – Mary Badon (Yale U. School of Medicine)
  • 2004 – Andrew Max Somberg (Albert Einstein School of Medicine)
  • 2003 – Julia Crawford (Tufts U. School of Medicine)
  • 2002 – Victoria Byfield (Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine)
  • 2001 – Rachel Peragallo (Harvard Medical School)
  • 2000 – Amy Pritchard (Oregon Health & Science U. School of Medicine)
  • 2024 – Carolynn Steffens and Luz Suarez-Canton Trueba
  • 2023 – Hannah McLeod, Beshair Nurhussien, and Jamie Stern
  • 2022 – Katherine Gross, Thuy-Mi Le, and Ivana Lopez Nieves
  • 2021 – Samantha Brown and Kendyll Smith (University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • 2020 – Shelby Spohn (Boston U. School of Medicine), Vivian Thu (Penn State College of Medicine), and Mariana Torres (Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine)
  • 2019 – Zaza Gelashvili (Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Chloe Kellum (West Virginia U. School of Medicine), and Amaan Quraishi (Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • 2018 – David Berry (Lincoln-Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine), Lucyna Kogut (University of Massachusetts Medical School), and Jordan Majka
  • 2017 – William Hawkins, Iva Hoxha (New England College of Optometry), and Andres Torres (University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine)
  • 2016 – Phoebe Hughes (Florida International U. Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine), Claire Krasinski (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine), Meghan Monk (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), Courtney Pharr (University of Maryland School of Medicine), and David Powers (Tufts University School of Dental Medicine)
  • 2015 – Kasiemobie Nwaedozie (New York Medical College), Shivani Patel (Tufts University School of Medicine), Kayli Schulz, Elizabeth Severson (Western U. of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest), and Ying Ge Wang (Cooper Medical School of Rowan University)
  • 2013 – Evan Foley (Pennsylvania State U. College of Medicine) and Samantha Zorn
  • 2012 – Brianna Anthony (Rocky Vista U. College of Osteopathic Medicine) and Simone Palladino (Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine)
  • 2011 – Margo Sheck (Stony Brook U. School of Medicine)
  • 2010 – Tara Devaraj (Jefferson Medical College)
  • 2009 – James Wilson (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • 2008 – Miranda Simon (Medical College of Wisconsin)
  • 2007 – Rebecca Louzan
  • 2006 – Peter Abdalla (University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • 2005 – Kasmir Ramo (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • 2024 – Sabaa Belkadi, Bianca Binns, and Laila El-Samra
  • 2023: Ji Wong Chung, Tamanna Gurung, and Nardin Sayoufi
  • 2022 – Casey Arruda, Adam Jamal (Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine), and Henna Patel
  • 2021 – Jeanne Kim
  • 2020 – Dillon Prus (State University of New York Upstate Medical University)
  • 2019 – Rylee Simons (Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus)
  • 2018 – Kole Brownstein (University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine) and Ogechi Ezemma (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University)
  • 2017 – Vladislav Kiveliyk (University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine)
  • 2016 – Elizabeth Chan (St. George’s U. School of Medicine) and Ethan Wainblat (Ohio U. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • 2015 – Matthew George (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) and Yadana Khin (Georgetown U. School of Medicine)
  • 2013 – Alison Berlent (Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine) and Jeffrey Medoff
  • 2011 – Alexa Navasero (University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry)
  • 2010 – Papiya Sinha
  • 2008 – Shyamal Asher (The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University)
  • 2007 – Sara McNiff (New England College of Optometry)
  • 2006 – Matthew Phillips (University of Texas Medical School at Galveston)

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Workshops

MCAT and AMCAS Workshops

  • Preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) – MCAT Workshop
  • Central Application and Personal Essay – AMCAS Workshop
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Upcoming Events

Invited Speakers

Presentations by invited speakers provide insight into how to prepare for the challenges of the health professions and how to take advantage of the rewards.

Upcoming presentation:

To be announced.

List of previous speakers
Contact Information

Prehealth Career Advising Program

Office Location
  • Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center, S228
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

  • 1-508-793-7119
  • 1-508-793-7117
Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. – noon