Pre-Medical Professions Advising

The Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center (LASAC) provides pre-professional advising for the following areas:

• Medicine
• Dentistry
• Pharmacy
• Optometry
• Chiropractic Medicine
• Veterinary Medicine
• Podiatric Medicine

We want to connect with you!

Blake Cicenas: All medical areas - blake.cicenas@wichita.edu

Nick Endicott: All medical areas - nick.endicott@wichita.edu

Nancy Krehbiel: All medical areas - nancy.krehbiel@wichita.edu

Call 316.978.4757 to schedule an advising appointment.

Advising Services

The LASAC provides extensive advising services, opportunities, resources, and program-specific expertise for pre-med students.

Academic Planning: A pre-med advisor can help you develop a customized academic plan that includes required prerequisites, degree requirements, and information on when and how to apply to the program(s) of your choice.

Opportunities and Experiences: Admission to professional programs is highly competitive. It takes more than good grades and test scores to stand out. Professional programs expect candidates to develop profession-specific knowledge and to spend time cultivating skills and experiences in a broad range of areas. We are dedicated to helping you build these skills and experiences by connecting you to a wide variety of opportunities that include:

• Shadowing
• Volunteer experiences
• Undergraduate Research
• Medical-related work opportunities
• Special Programs and events hosted by professional schools

Application Preparation: A pre-med advisor can provide step-by-step guidance throughout the application process. We can help you develop an application strategy to ensure that you are emphasizing your strengths and submitting the most competitive application possible. We provide:

• Email reminders and assistance on application timeline
• Comprehensive application review (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, PharmCAS, VMCAS,
TMDSAS, etc.)
• Personal Statement Review
• Letter of Recommendation Vetting and Upload
• Interview Preparation

We also host a Medical School Application Workshop in the spring to help students prepare for applying to medical school.

On Campus Events: Getting engaged on campus is important to developing competencies that will help you gain admission to your program of choice and will serve you as a professional. We are committed to keeping you engaged on campus and coordinate many events for students:

• Mock Interview (fall and spring)
• Medical Student Panel (comprised of WSU alum.)
• Cadaver Lab Tour
• Suture Clinics, coordinated by the U.S. Army
• KU School of Medicine Annual Visit
• KCUMB, College of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Visit
• UMKC School of Dentistry Annual Visit
• KU School of Pharmacy Annual Visit
• Visits from a variety of other professional programs: optometry, chiropractic medicine, veterinary
medicine, etc.

Student Organizations: WSU has pre-professional focused student organizations that allow you to connect and network with like-minded students.

Premedical Student Association
Pre-Dental Student Association
Pre-Pharmacy Student Association
Pre-Optometry Student Association

Advising Expertise
Admissions requirements, trends, and standards are constantly evolving. We are committed to maintaining and extending our professional expertise and participate in a number of professional development activities on an annual basis that include:

• Annual premedical advisor meeting, hosted by KU School of Medicine
• Annual premedical student conference, hosted by KU School of Medicine
• UMKC School of Dentistry advisor meeting, hosted biannually
• Annual meeting with KU School of Pharmacy
• Participation in Advising Webinars that discuss changes to centralized application services
(AMCAS, PHARMCAS, etc.) and required standardized exams (MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, etc.)

LASI 150P: Intro to Premedical Professions
Offered in the fall, LASI 150P helps students explore healthcare professions by hosting guest speakers that present career/program specific information. Professions represented: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, chiropractic, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing, dental hygiene, medical laboratory sciences, and occupational therapy. Students learn to:

• Identify a broad range of healthcare professions
• Describe admissions criteria (GPA, prerequisites, degree requirements, shadowing, etc.)
required for various health professions
• Recognize how personal values and goals relate to selecting the appropriate healthcare path
• Utilize relevant information and career development resources to continue career exploration