All seven of Michigan’s medical schools are currently training Adrian College graduates to become future physicians. The past 10 years have seen a steady growth in the number of Adrian College students pursuing medical careers with an increase in the number graduates being admitted to medical school in Michigan and around the country.
“In the 11 years I have been at Adrian College, this is the first time we have had a student presently enrolled at every Michigan medical school,” Marcia Boynton, the director of Adrian College’s Institute for Health Studies, said.
Adrian College graduates are attending:
• Central Michigan University College of Medicine — Lauren Aiello (’18)
• Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (M.D.) — Caitlyn Cookenmaster (’15)
• Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) — Elizabeth Barrett (’18), Michael Mertz (’16), Ian Lewis (’15) and Lauren Rehe (’12)
• Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine — Sara Grant (’16) and Zach Armstrong (’18)
• The University of Michigan Medical School — Allyse Zondlak (’18)
• Wayne State University School of Medicine — Kara Klomparens (’19)
• Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine — Annika Nuler (’17)
The fact that a high percentage of Adrian College admitted alumni are women squares up with the national experience. For the first time, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports that women now represent 50.5 percent of today’s medical students.
Admission to any medical school is a complex process, requiring talent and tenacity. Even the very best applicants, who sometimes apply to 15 or more schools, may still only receive a single offer of admission. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) reported 21,584 students applied to 7,672 seats in doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) programs last year, while the AAMC had 53,371 apply for 21,869 seats in allopathic medicine (Doctor of Medicine, M.D.) programs. Many medical schools receive 10,000 or more applications for each class of approximately 150 seats.
Nationally, about 41 percent of applicants are admitted to allopathic medicine programs, and 35 percent of applicants are admitted to osteopathic medicine programs. Adrian’s year-over-year admission percentages are in the high 90’s because its students are encouraged to apply when they are truly ready, according to Boynton.
Boynton describes these students as being “among the very best.”
“Students who enter medical school have often targeted the profession from their first week at Adrian College,” Boynton said. “They complete life science majors, secure meaningful service, clinical and research experiences and ferociously confront the seven and a half-hour long MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) entry exam. I admire their persistence, and am honored to support them on their journey to a lifetime of medical service.”