Five Newman seniors, two juniors gain early acceptance to medical school programs

Oct 08, 2015

All five Newman University pre-med students who interviewed with the University of Kansas School of Medicine for early admittance this semester were recently notified that they had been accepted.

Starla Dugan, Ben Gerber and Justin Reiswig of Wichita, Jared Ojile of Andale, Kan.,  and Andrew Nahr of Douglass, Kan., will begin their studies at KUSM in fall 2016 as early admit students.

These senior pre-med students were not the only ones to receive good news in recent weeks. Two junior students, Kylie Werth of Quinter, Kan., and Danielle Balzer of Belle Plaine, Kan., were recently accepted into KUSM’s Scholars in Rural Health program, a highly competitive program that places doctors in rural communities in need of medical professionals. The program will also fully pay for these students’ medical school as long as they obtain a required GPA and MCAT score.

These students are the latest in a long-standing tradition of excellence for Newman pre-med students. Last year all four pre-med students who applied for early admission to KUSM were accepted, as well as Newman Associate Professor of Biology Casey McNeil, Ph.D.

Over the past 15 years, more than 95 percent of Newman students who successfully completed the university’s pre-med program and received a positive recommendation from the Newman University Pre-medical Committee have been accepted into medical schools.