Five Newman students receive early acceptance to medical school

Oct 01, 2009

A full 100 percent of the Newman University students who have applied for early admission to medical school this year were accepted.

Five NU senior students will begin their studies at the University of Kansas School of Medicine next fall as early admit students, an all-time record for Newman. The students are Amanda Engels, Isaac Johnston, Phong Le, Kyle Miller and Barbara Nguyen.

These students are the latest example of a long-standing tradition of excellence for the Newman pre-medical program. Over the past 10 years, more than 96 percent of Newman students who successfully completed the university’s pre-med program and received a positive recommendation from Newman’s Pre-medical Committee have been accepted into medical schools.

In addition to the five students who received early acceptance, Newman senior Joseph Baalman began his studies this year at the KU School of Medicine under the school’s Scholars in Primary Care program. This program selects about six sophomore students in Kansas each year and assures them entry in medical school if they maintain a 3.50 GPA or higher in a pre-medical science curriculum during the remainder of their courses, and achieve a satisfactory score on the MCAT examination. Selected students must also demonstrate intention to practice medicine in Kansas. Four years ago, Baalman’s older brother and Newman graduate Christopher Baalman was selected as a scholar in primary care. Altogether, eight Newman University grads have been selected to participate in this highly competitive program, more than any other institution of higher learning in Kansas except the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.