For the first time, a State University at Fredonia graduate is enrolled in four consecutive classes at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo.
A total of eight SUNY Fredonia graduates have been accepted and have started attending medical schools this summer or autumn.
Lakewood’s Laurel Finson, a 2020 SUNY Fredonia graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in chemistry and public health, continues the pipeline to the UB’s medical school. Her predecessors include Lily Dixon and Kevin Nickerson (second year), Mam Deng (third year) and Rebecca Hartling (fourth year).
Six Tedonia alumni are enrolling in medical, optometric and veterinary schools, and two more are participating in medical assistant programs, according to Ted Lee, professor at SUNY Fredonia Department of Biology, chair of the Fredonia Health Professions Advising Committee.
Two graduates from 2018 are among Fredonia’s newest medical students. Travis Briggs from Oneonta will attend the Medical School at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. He is Fredonia’s first student to have attended a Caribbean medical school in recent years. Ryan Ruia of Forestville, who holds a bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics and minors in chemistry and psychology, will attend SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
“It’s been a humble year for acceptances, although this is the first time we’ll have a Fredonia graduate in each of the (final) four grades at the Jacobs School of Medicine at the UB.” Dr. Lee noticed.
Marina Kessler of Fredonia, a 2020 SUNY Fredonia graduate with a bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics, will attend Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Carter Windoft of Lakewood, a 2019 graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics and a minor in chemistry, will attend Ohio State University College of Optometry.
Connor Dolce of Brocton, a 2018 SUNY Fredonia graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, will attend the University of the Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
The Physician Assistant Studies program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania is the goal of Maddison Heslink of Ashville, a 2020 SUNY Fredonia graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, and Rachel Orth of Fairport.
Lee said the health professions advisory board awarded two scholarships to Kaplan MCAT prep courses last year. One was provided by Kaplan and the other was funded by the Fredonia College Foundation’s Health Professional School Preparation Scholarship Fund. The recipients were Brad Brown and Elizabeth Hahn. The Kaplan MCAT prep course costs $ 2,499.
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