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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
Barrington Hwang

BARRINGTON HWANGPre-health alumnus prepares for Fulbright Scholarship Program
By: Andrea Hein, digital content marketing coordinator

Barrington Hwang '14 (biology, chemistry and economics) was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan for an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2014-2015academic year.

TCU was a top choice for Hwang, a native of Dallas, Texas, after touring the campus four years ago. He was initially attracted to the community aspect, location and diversity of the student body at TCU.

Hwang, a Chancellor's Scholar, said, "I found that through interactions with others on campus, I was further able to realize that I wanted a career in medicine."

Among his many academic achievements, Hwang is a proud graduate of the College of Science & Engineering (CSE). The Pre-Health program at TCU allowed him to receive the individual attention he needed to succeed, he said.

"The classes were challenging because the professors wanted us to get the most out of our education," Hwang said. "The professors consistently modified their curriculum to make the class more aware of current scientific research and to prepare students for careers in medicine as opposed to strict memorization."

Several Pre-Health professors contributed to Hwang's success in the classroom while at TCU, including Matt Chumchal, associate professor of biology and director of the Pre-Health Professions Institute, Dean Phil Hartman and David Minter, professor of chemistry.

"Dr. Minter made sure that the classes I had with him were challenging and gave his time to making sure that I got a lot out of my educational experience. I saw this in his seminars, lectures and when he was on my senior honors thesis committee," Hwang said.

Hwang said the Pre-Health program prepared him for medical school and a career in medicine by providing rigorous classes, notable mentors and opportunities for educational growth. He was the only person to earn triple degrees in the graduating class this past May.

"What is impressive about Barrington, is the fact that he successfully completed a triple major degree, got accepted into medical school, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship all while maintaining an extremely active schedule of on-campus activities and organizations. All of these accomplishments are very impressive individually, but for someone to have achieved all four is unprecedented," Chumchal said.

Hwang actively participated in several campus organizations during his time at TCU. He served as a Frog Camp Director, president of Order of Omega, TCU Ambassadors Internal Vice President, TCU athletics tutor, Chancellor's Scholarship recipient, and the SuperFrog mascot during the Mondays at TCU program. Additionally, he was honored as a finalist for the Mr. TCU competition during Homecoming in fall 2013.

A man of varied interests, Hwang enjoyed courses at TCU such as Beginning Ballet, Jazz dance, Contact Improvisation and African dance.