Pre-Professional Programs

2016-2017 Pre-Health Student Ambassadors

Ambassadors are available to answer your questions about being a pre-health student and share their experiences and tips for success and help students get connected to pre-health opportunities. They are also able to refer students to other services and programs on campus. Email an Ambassador today!


Kristen Adams

Kristen Adams
Kla4484@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Med
Major: Biology; Minor: Neuroscience

I've wanted to be a doctor since I was a little girl, but since coming to UNCW that passion has only grown. Currently, I volunteer at the hospital in the Surgical ICU, and it's both a thrilling and humbling experience. I've also been an undergraduate research student for the past two years where I study antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria. Through these experiences, I've seen both sides of the medical field and what it takes to be a great doctor.


Jennifer Brill

Jennifer Brill
jnb4102@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Physical Therapy
Major: Athletic Training

I am currently in the process of applying to the Athletic Training program here at UNCW but also have experience with sports medicine from high school. I am a member of the Pre-Physical Therapy Student Association and also the American Medical Student Association/Alpha Delta Epsilon and can help students become involved in these clubs as well. As a first generation, Honors College, and Pre-Health student, I can provide many different perspectives and resources for information a student may need.


Matthew Demetrious

Matthew Demetrious
mgd9512@uncw.edu
Pre-health area:
Pre-Medicine
Major: Biology

In 2015, I graduated with an Economics degree from NC State University and wanted more from life than a job in an office where I would feel disinterest and regret for the next 30-40 years to come. Since becoming a pre-medicine student at UNCW in January of 2016, I have excelled in 52 science credits, volunteered over 100 hours at St. Mary's Medical Clinic, and shadowed multiple doctors from various disciplines. I have not regretted a day since setting my goal and hope to attend medical school at UNC Chapel Hill or the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.


Brianna Fernandez

Brianna Fernandez
bnf8402@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-med
Major: Exercise Science

As a pre-health student, I was in PULSE my first year at UNCW. Currently, I volunteer at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in their emergency department on a biweekly basis. I work every summer at a medical clinic in my hometown, so I have some experience and knowledge about the medical field which could be beneficial to other pre-health students.


Camilo Giron

Camilo Giron
cg2481@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Med
Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry

I am a volunteer at Saint Mary’s Health Care Center. I shadow Monday morning surgeries at New Hanover Regional. I’m also involved in the volunteer program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center at the STICU and I previously worked on the Surgical Pavilion. I’m in the process of getting my EMT Basic certificate.


Megan Greer

Megan Greer
mng7594@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Occupational Therapy
Major: Psychology; Minor: Neuroscience

Since my first day at UNCW, I have been a pre-health student with a goal of becoming an occupational therapist. I was involved with PULSE as a freshman, volunteered at NHRMC Rehabilitation Hospital, and I am a member of the psychology honor society Psi Chi. As a first generation college student, I understand the struggle of starting college while aiming towards a career in the health field. I have finished applying to occupational therapy programs and I am anxiously waiting for positive responses. Please feel free to contact me about getting acclimated to college or more information on occupational therapy!


Taylor Junot

Taylor Junot
tnj3997@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Med
Major: Chemistry with concentration in Biochemistry; Minor: Math

Campus and community involvement: PULSE, Certified Pharmacy Technician at CVS, Operation Supervisor at UNCW Recreation Center, Volunteer in the Emergency Department at NHRMC

Tips for pre-health students: Involve yourself with things outside of just academics. Get down and dirty with your health interest to show that you really love what you're doing! Don't stress the little things, I promise you are going to be fine! All of the studying and late nights at Randall are going to pay off in the end!


Erica Keen

Paige Keen
epk6580@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-med
Majors: Biology and Spanish

I am passionate about guiding students on their journeys to becoming a healthcare provider. I was a Seahawk Link for PULSE, which allowed me to mentor and help incoming freshmen adjust to their role of being a student in a new setting, as well as giving them advice with the rigorous science classes. I am super excited to talk with and help anyone who needs it!


Kelly McMahon

Kelly McMahon
km9725@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Med
Major: Public Health-Clinical Concentration

Being the first of my family to attend a university, I wanted to make sure I had a passion for the subject I studied. This led me to pre-health, where I feel I can truly enjoy learning and putting it to use helping others. The GMT club on campus and volunteering at St. Mary's Health Clinic are my favorite ways to volunteer around Wilmington and continue to pursue passion for medicine and science. 


Yolanda McNeil
yim1904@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Med
Major: Biology; Minor: Criminology

My name is Yolanda McNeil and I am currently a senior. I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Criminology. I am passionate about public health, and after graduation, I intend on going to medical school with aspirations of becoming an ER doctor! I am excited to help my peers on their path to graduating with honors and making their mark on campus. In my free time, I love to read, watch movies, and travel!


CJ Powell
cjp1645@uncw
Pre-health area: Pre-Med
Major: Biology; Minor: Neuroscience and Chemistry

I am a first generation college student who has learned a lot on my own about the medical school route, as well as utilized many resources here on campus to learn more about how to get into medical school. I have participated in the SMDEP summer program at Duke University, I volunteer at NHRMC and am president of Global Medical Training here on campus. I am ready and willing to help anyone with any questions or concerns they may have about the medical school track. 


Shelby Phillips

Shelby Phillips
slp4565@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-PA
Major: Psychology; Minor: Biology

I am a sophomore, pre-PA student! I am a volunteer at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Department. I am also a nationally certified phlebotomist but I work as a Medical Assistant at ACHIEVE medical weight loss. My involvement on campus is with the Pre-Professional Program, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED).


Megan Purich

Megan Purich
mlp1393@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-PA
Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry

I recently decided to switch to being a pre-health student, so I know what it is like to change majors and feel a bit behind. I am currently volunteering in the ER at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, shadowing two doctors, and about to begin volunteering at St. Mary's. I am hoping to get EMT certified this summer and want to help guide anyone who feels just as lost as I did when I began this journey.


Josh Scarcella

Josh Scarcella
jfs7726@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Medicine
Major: Biology; Minors: Chemistry, Spanish

Campus and Community Involvement:
President of American Medical Student Association
Member of Medical Honors Society
English as a Second Language Volunteer @ Winter Park Elementary
SURCA/CSURF Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient
Employee @ Landfall Country Club
Actively Shadowing Internist and Neurosurgeon

Tips for pre-health students:
Make sure that your grades come first. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the pressure of juggling extracurricular activities but always make sure that your grades are in order before you go volunteer, shadow, work… etc.

If you have any questions, I would love to answer them for you and will get back to you as soon as possible. Just remember that molding your application for the professional school of your choosing is an independent process; do not attempt to emulate anyone else’s journey, create your own.


Fallon Scott

Fallon Scott
fls4941@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Chiropractic/Pre-PA
Major: Public Health (Pre-Clinical); Minors: Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology

I attended a middle college high school before attending UNCW which put me at Junior status my freshman year. While at UNCW, I have been involved in Greek life, RHA, Heeling Hounds, Area Council, LEAD Floor, and Global Medical Training. I have also had the opportunity to work within the American Red Cross, Carolina's Healthcare System, and in Biology research this past summer. After graduating, I hope to join the Peace Corps and then attend either Chiropractic school or PA school.


Holly Staroba

Holly Staroba
hcs1262@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Med
Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry

I am a junior on the pre-med track as a biology major and a chemistry minor. I recently switched to pre-health from marine biology. I have conducted lung disease research at the University of Pennsylvania, where I received my first publication.  I shadowed an anesthesiologist in their ICU and have shadowed an Endocrinologist. I also have experience working in a cardiology office. I was considering doing pre-vet for some time and did a summer program at the University of Pennsylvania called Penn VETS, so I am happy to help anyone with the pre-vet track as well.


Sarah Sticklin

Sarah Sticklin
ses8796@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: OT
Major: Recreation Therapy; Minor: Psychology

Campus and community involvement:
Honors College 2018 Student
Special Olympics Coach

Tips for pre-health students:
Search for opportunities to shadow and become an intern in the area you’re considering. The more first-hand experience you get, the more you’ll know if that’s the field for you, and you’ll be more competitive for grad school.


Abdulazeez Swaiti
ars9659@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Med
Major: Business Administration (focus in Management & Leadership)
Minor: Chemistry

I have been involved as a pre-med student by shadowing various health professionals. I intend on volunteering at a health clinic over the summer as well as possibly continue shadowing. I bring a unique perspective considering I am a non-science major pre-med student and could provide advice for students planning on going to go on a similar route. I also am the first in my immediate family to pursue an American degree so I could help any students who are in a similar situation and are learning the things I had to learn early on in college.


Hanna Veeder

Hanna Veeder
hnv5987@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-Pharmacy
Major: Public Health Studies with Pre-Clinical concentration

I was involved in the PULSE learning community as a freshman which provided me with many    opportunities to learn about what pre-health students can begin doing now to better their resumes for graduate schools. Currently, I work as a pharmacy technician in order to gain experience in the field. This has given me insight into what a career in pharmacy actually entails and has allowed me to develop skills that will be necessary in the future. In the past, I have shadowed a variety of medical professionals to include a physician assistant, medical doctor, physical therapist, and pharmacist.


Natalie White
Nw7888@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: Pre-med
Major: Chemistry

I'm more involved in the community than with school extracurriculars. I had an internship with the Big Buddy program and I teach Sunday school at a local church. I went to Ecuador last spring break with a group from MedLife and volunteered at a mobile clinic. I have been volunteering at the hospital in various departments for the past 5 years and have job shadowed a few doctors as well.


Virginia Wilson

Virginia Wilson
vrw1198@uncw.edu
Pre-health area: PT
Major: Exercise Science

Campus and community involvement:
Greek Impact
Club Gymnastics
Alpha Phi
Pre-Physical Therapy Student Association
Crossroads Peer Educator

Tip for pre-health students: Hold leadership positions!