for Healthcare Education
at Miami University
Student Profile: Caitlin Martin (Class of 2011)
- senior zoology major with a minor in neuroscience
- from Newton Falls, OH
- American Medical Student Association (Co-President)
- entering medical school in the fall of 2011
"When I first decided to come to Miami, I knew of its excellent reputation for preparing students for medical school (it was the main reason I chose Miami), its beautiful campus and its interesting myths. To this day I have never stepped on the seal! Although I knew that Miami would provide me with the education, advising, and opportunities necessary to benefit me on my path towards medical school, I was astounded when I discovered the extent of opportunities that Miami and the Mallory-Wilson Center provide.
"At the beginning of my first year, I attended Mega Fair, a huge gathering where all of the student organizations are represented and recruit new members, and I learned about the pre-med clubs on campus. I immediately became involved in the American Medical Student Association, and later I became involved in Miami MED. Through my participation in these organizations, I learned more about the field of medicine through speakers and workshops and became involved in community service.
"Each year, the American Medical Student Association hosts 'Ride and Run for World Health,' a 20- and 40-mile bike ride and a 5K run/walk that raises money for the national organization. This year the national AMSA will donate all funds to MedWish International and AHOPE for Children. It's rewarding to see how all of the planning pays off on the day of the event and how many Miami students show up to support the cause.
"Not only does Miami provide a multitude of extracurricular activities, the quality of the professors and advisors is outstanding. I know that all of the professors I've had truly wanted me to succeed. Even the professors who may seem a little intimidating at first are very approachable and willing to go out of their way to ensure that students succeed in their classrooms.
"Many professors are also involved in research, if that's something that interests you. I'm currently working in a lab in the Psychology department and it has been a great experience! All you have to do to get involved is ask one of your professors.
"Faculty also provide excellent advice and mentoring. In my junior year, the Mallory-Wilson Center brought in an admissions representative from an Ohio medical school to give advice on the application and interview process. The Mallory-Wilson Center Pre-medical Advisory Committee helps students navigate the medical school application process and they collect and send recommendation letters to AMCAS. I highly recommend this because it is essentially a run-through of the actual application process. Each year AMSA hosts a medical student panel, which allows students to ask alumni (and current medical students) for advice.
"As a Mallory-Wilson ambassador, it has been a privilege to be a mentor to undergraduate pre-meds and to pass on the knowledge I've gained through my experiences at Miami."
My Advice to Underclassmen
- Go in knowing that you need to study. Pre-med classes are going to be tough. There's no way to sugar coat that. But, if you study hard and utilize your resources (professors, teaching assistants and other students), it's more than possible to ace them!
- Don't bomb your first BMZ exam before going in to office hours.
- Don't lose sight of what's important to you. Find something that you enjoy doing and make time for your friends and family in your schedule.