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Pre-Health


Henry Montilla '12

Meet Henry Montilla '12
“Without a doubt my time at EC went by too fast. If I had to give a piece of advice to future students it would be for them to cherish their time at EC and the people they meet.”

Henry Montilla ’12,
Pennsylvania State University Medical School at Milton Hershey Medical Center


Students preparing for a career as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, physical therapist, physician assistant, pharmacist, podiatrist, chiropractor or optometrist will get their best start at Elmira College.  Follow your passion, and any academic major will help you develop the skills crucial to the practicing physician:  problem-solving, effective communication, and critical thinking skills.  

Most students choose a major in one of the sciences, although Psychology, History, Sociology, Spanish or English have also been popular majors or minors for those interested in health care.  Fulfilling a broad-based liberal arts education with attention to the science pre-requisite courses is a smart way to prepare for future study in medical school.

Research is an important component of pre-health professions preparation.  Elmira College encourages student collaboration with faculty mentors to conduct research and present the results at national and international conferences, giving applicants an extra perspective from outside the traditional classroom.

Lectures from visiting scientists and visits from professional school admission counselors give students the opportunity to explore various careers in science and medicine.  The Pre-Health Club is another resource for information. Shadowing opportunities, internships, resume workshops and surgery observations have been sponsored activities by active members of this club.

Elmira College has several special early acceptance programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractic, and podiatry. We can recommend students for early admission at the end of freshman year in an agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for programs in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.  We also have a special 3+4 agreement with UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Lynn Gillie,
Professor of Biology and Pre-Health Professions Advisor
(607) 735-1859
lgillie@elmira.edu