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Had I not attended TCU, I am not sure that I ever would have been accepted in to dental school.  My personal relationship with the professors helped so greatly with my letter of recommendation and I was told that it was one of the best, letters they had ever reviewed.

-Kris Blodgett, D.M.D – TCU Class of 1996, Dentist in Portland, Oregon

TCU doesn't just give you the degree you need to move on, TCU gives its students an education and the promise that they will succeed.

- Hayden Fuller - TCU Class of 2012, Student at University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry

The Pre-Health Professions Team was so supportive and helpful when I was applying to medical school.  That support meant so much and helped me get accepted.

- Diane Hesselbrock, M.D. - TCU Class of 1996, Neurologist in Richmond, VA

The program has done so much to help young people achieve their goals.

- Dan Doss, D.D.S. - TCU Class of 1974, Pediatric Dentist in Fort Worth

Few Pre-Health programs can boast medical school acceptance rates in the range of 80 to 95% that have remained steady for the past ten years.

- Jim Wagner, M.D. -Associate Dean for Student Affairs, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

The leadership, mentorship, and extracurricular experience that I gained through the Pre-Health Professions Program was a distinct advantage in helping me gain admission into my first choice medical school.

- Wendy Wright Seigler, TCU Class of 1994, Medical Director of the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown

History of AED at TCU

On April 28, 1926, fifteen premedical students at the University of Alabama met with Dr. Jack P. Montgomery, Chairman of the Premedical Committee and Professor of Organic Chemistry, to formalize the organization of a new premedical honorary fraternity. A second chapter was installed at Howard College, now Samford University, in 1929. At the first national convention held at the University of Alabama on April 18, 1930, ten members representing five chapters and one petitioning group were in attendance. From these modest beginnings, Alpha Epsilon Delta has become the world's largest body devoted to premedical education, with a membership exceeding 125, 000 in over 200 chapters. Click here for more on the National AED Organization.

Shortly after TCU moved to Fort Worth in the early 1900s, Pre-Health and Science Societies were commonplace on TCU's campus. The Texas Zeta Chapter of AED can most directly be traced to the TCU Premed/Predent Honor Society which was formed in 1975 with Dr. Manfred Reinecke as its faculty advisor. The society expanded to the point that, in 1978, a committee was formed to petition for affiliation with the national AED organization. AED approved the petition, and on April 20, 1979, the Texas Zeta Chapter of AED was established at TCU with the initiation of 31 active members, three active alumni, and five honorary members. Dr. Reinecke served as the faculty advisor until 1991 and was succeeded by Dr. Phil Hartman. In addition, Dr. Reinecke served as a Regional Director to the national organization, a position to which Dr. Hartman was also elected in 2008. Dr. Hartman stepped down as chapter advisor in 2013 and Dr. Matt Chumchal, Dr. Shauna McGillivray, and Jill Duncan currently serve as Chapter Advisors to Texas Zeta.

The national AED office moved to TCU in 2010. Serving the entire society, it is staffed by two employees and is situated in Winton Scoll Hall, right around the corner from the TCU Pre-Health Professions office.