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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
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Kim Hyde Senior Kim Hyde reflects on the value of TCU's Pre-Health Professions Program By Jenna Simard

The Pre-Health Professions Program produces graduates with the well-rounded skills and experience needed to be successful. With a medical school acceptance rate of nearly twice the national average, TCU's pre-health program equips students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy and physician assistance with the tools to pursue their professional goals.

Senior biology and chemistry double major Kim Hyde said that TCU provided the support she needed for success. The rigorous pre-health curriculum challenged her and taught her how to study. As she prepares to graduate this May, she feels confident about her ability to manage the demanding course load in medical school.

While pre-health courses at TCU are challenging, Hyde said that professors are accessible and approachable. The university's smaller size allows professors to focus on undergraduate education and truly embody the teacher-scholar ideal. As an undergraduate, Hyde conducts bi-departmental research alongside her professors. At TCU, professors offer students the opportunity to facilitate research—an opportunity unavailable at many larger universities.

The pre-health program's centralized location also allows students to get to know each other and the staff in a community-oriented, collaborative environment. Throughout her time at TCU, Hyde has been able to build personal relationships with professors and staff, whose support has assisted her along the way. "I can hardly express how much their confidence in me impacted my success," she said.

In addition to building relationships on campus, TCU's pre-health students have the opportunity to network with professionals in the community. The program connects undergraduates with alumni around the country, many of who assist students during the graduate school application process. "I knew TCU alumni at every institution I interviewed for medical school," Hyde said. "In my experience, they have been very supportive and helpful to fellow Horned Frogs."

Hyde cites the opportunity to develop leadership skills as another factor impacting her career. As the current president of AED, TCU's pre-health honor society, she conducts bi-weekly meetings and invites alumni and pre-health professionals to speak to students. In the fall, she organized a holiday event in conjunction with Heroes for Children for oncology patients at Cook Children's Medical Center and oversaw AED's observation program, which allows members to learn about their discipline from the chapter's extensive network of local health care providers.

Hyde also serves as an American Chemical Society (ACS) Ambassador to teach chemistry labs to elementary school students and as a tutor for biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry. "The opportunity to help my peers succeed in such difficult courses was incredibly rewarding and invaluable to my academic development," she said.

In addition to her involvement in pre-health, Hyde served as co-director for TCU LEAPS, a campus-wide service organization. Within these roles and other positions throughout her undergraduate career, she has developed leadership skills that have prepared her for a successful future.

TCU also provided an avenue for Hyde to gain global perspective by allowing her to study abroad. During her semester studying at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, she took upper-level science courses while learning a different culture—an experience she said will prove valuable in her medical career. "The ability to be a double major in the sciences and study abroad is not very common at other institutions. TCU is incredibly supportive of international experiences," she said.

Ultimately, TCU wants students to live out its mission statement: To think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community. The University's programs provide opportunities to make that possible. For students desiring a fruitful, fulfilling career in medicine, TCU's Pre-Health Professions Program offers the tools to help them succeed.

"Choosing a school with a respected pre-health program that supports its students is more important than you realize as a high school senior," Hyde said. "You want to be sure you're setting yourself up for the next step, and TCU does a fantastic job of preparing students for the next step in any pre-health career."