Evaluation, Interview and Committee Letter Process for Dental and Medical School Applicants 

Register to participate by Friday, November 29, 2019. 

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The HPAC will be conducting interviews and evaluations for applicants from February-April, 2020, for the following students:        

  1. Whitman graduates from 2019 or earlier and planning to apply in Summer 2020·       
  2. Seniors graduating and leaving campus in May 2020 (even if you are NOT planning to apply in Summer 2020 you are eligible to participate in the interview process).  
  3. Juniors (May 2021 graduates) planning to apply in Summer 2020. 

To write a strong letter of support, the Committee needs to know you.  Therefore, after registering to participate, the HPAC Document Packet is sent to you for completion.  Participants will be contacted in mid to late January 2020 to establish an interview date & time.  


2020 MCAT Mock Exam, Saturday, February 1, 8-4 pm, Hall of Science #225
Register to participate by January 10, 2020 (Space is Limited) 

Description:   The MCAT Mock Exam will simulate all aspects of the actual MCAT exam day experience by using the full-length, timed sample developed by the writers of the official MCAT exam. At the end of the exam, students will gain access to their score reports. MCAT does not record Mock Exam test scores, nor are they released to medical schools. You should be prepared to spend approximately 7.5 hours on the mock exam. Additional details are emailed upon registration.


The Health Professions Advising Office hosts a popular speaker series for Whitman students, featuring medical professionals and medical school admission representatives.  Plan to attend to learn what it is "really like" to be a health care provider, how to survive professional school and be successful in your career, and admission requirements. The presentations are one of the many ways the Health Professions Advising Office provides learning opportunities beyond the classroom to help students expand their knowledge and make connections with professionals in their field of study. Presentations are scheduled on various days and times to allow more students to participate.  

Upcoming Speakers:

Seine Chiang, MD ('86-Biology) & George Birchfield, MD ('80-Chemistry)
Monday, November 11
12:00-1:00 pm
Hall of Science 225 

 Seine Chiang, MDSeine Chiang, MD currently serves as the University of Washington (UW) OBGYN Residency director (since 2007) over a seven institution 4-year training program and associate medical director for UW Women's Health Clinic. Dr. Chiang serves nationally as an exam writer for United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)  Step 2 licensing exam and as a board examiner for the American Board of OBGYN (ABOG) qualifying and certifying exams. Dr. Chiang's clinical interest is in Gynecology with a focus on HPV-related genital diseases, management of uterine fibroids/pelvic masses, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotics. She is from Astoria, Oregon, and graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Biology in 1986, completed medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR, and OBGYN residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. Dr. Chiang has been on faculty at UTMB and University of Alabama prior to her UW position and has served on the medical school admissions committee at these three institutions. 

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Past Health Speakers:

Dan Houch, Md-PhD ('75 Philosophy/Psychology), Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Jan Erb, MD, Psychiatrist, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 

Virginia Mason Medical Center Representatives - Donna Smith, MD ('80-Biology/Psychology), Rob Kosin ('92-Matt Liedtke, Senior Financial Analyst ('12-Mathematics), Nate Higby, VM Production System Specialist ('15-Sociology) 

Lindsay X. Watchman, M.Ed,  Region 2 Chair of the Oregon Community Workers Health Association

Lucille Marchand, MD, BSN, FAAHPM, Executive Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Washington

Michelle Morse, MD, MPH, Founding Co-Director of EqualHealth; Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Brigham & Women's Hospital; Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Real Talk Series:  Pathway to Public Health and Social Medicine
Public Lecture: An Anti-racist Campaign in Global Health: Challenging the White Savior Complex

Jane Scribner, MD, Dermatology, Walla Walla Clinic

Patricia Nez Henderson, MD, MPH, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health

Mathias Palmer ('17-BBMB), 1st Year Medical Student, New York Medical College

Clark Coler, MD ('82-Biology), Hospitalist, Swedish Hospital

George Birchfield, MD ( '80-Chemistry), Hematology, Medical Oncology, and Palliative Medicine, Swedish Cancer Center 

Ethan Bachrach, MD, MBI, FACEP, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, TeamHealth

Curt Malloy, JD, MPH, Senior VP of Operations, General Counsel Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) 
Public Lecture: Career Paths in Global Health 

Nicole Marshall, MD ('00), Perinatology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU)
Research Lecture: Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: How in utero development impacts lifelong health
Real Talk Series: Career path to current OHSU position 

Thomas Monath, MD Chief Medical Officer, Hookipa BioTechAG and former Chief, Virology Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)
Brode Lecture in Science: Yellow Fever and Tales of Other Emerging Viruses

Christopher Perdue, MD, MPH (Biol, '93), Emerging Infections Surveillance & Response System (GEIS), Project Manager, Lt. Cmdr., US Public Health Service, O'Donnell Visiting Educator in Global Studies
Real Talk Series: Q/A session about a career path in medicine/public health, Armed Forces service, Public Health Service
Public Lecture: Global Health Surveillance Against Emerging Pathogens


Saturday, October 19, 2019Dr. Richard Simon, Jr.
7:00 pm
Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theater
Symposium to Follow
Free and Open to the Public 

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Past McClellan Guest Lecturers 

Lucille Marchand, MD, BSN, FAAHPM

Lucille Marchand, MD, BSN, FAAHPM

Humanities and Humanity: How May Palliative Care Draw Them Together?

Lucille Marchand, M.D., B.S.N., F.A.A.H.P.M. is the Executive Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Washington and a past Director of UW Medical Center Palliative Care program. She holds the Dr. Stuart Farber and Annalu Farber Endowed Professorship in Palliative Care Education and is the Section Chief of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine, at UW-SOM. She is involved in palliative care education and curriculum development for medical students, physician assistant students, residents, PC fellows, and other interdisciplinary learners. She is board certified in family medicine, integrative holistic medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. In 2017, she was awarded the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Humanities Award, and in 2018 the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Gold Humanism Award. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and humanities writing. 


Gar LaSalle, M.D., F.F.A., F.A.C.E.P.

Gar LaSalle, MD, FFA, FACEP | Physician and Author 

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Gar LaSalle M.D., M.F.A., F.A.C.E.P., an award-winning author, and filmmaker, is an Adjunct Professor at Cornell and Columbia where he teaches about the business of medicine. He is a graduate of Reed College, Weill-Cornell University Medical College, California Institute of the Arts (Film-Animation-Video) and UCLA's Emergency Medicine Residency. In 1976, his feature-length documentary, Diary of a Moonlighter, was the first-ever film about the new specialty of Emergency Medicine. He is the author of two award-winning historical fiction novels, Widow Walk, published in 2014, and Isthmus, published in 2015. LaSalle's third novel, The Fairness of Beasts, was released in 2017. Widow Walk was optioned for film production by Heyou Media. LaSalle writes from his home in Seattle and his studio on Maury Island


Dr. Carol Cassella

Carol Cassella, MD | Physician and Author 

Words at the Heart of Healthcare: How Fiction Can Health Both Patients and Physicians

Dr. Cassella is a practicing physician, novelist, and speaker. She majored in English Literature at Duke University and attended Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Cassella is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology and practiced primary care with a focus on cross-cultural and underserved populations before becoming an anesthesiologist. She is the bestselling author of the novels Gemini, Oxygen, and Healer, published by Simon & Schuster. All books were Indie Next Picks and two (Oxygen & Healer), a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in fiction. She has been Writer in Residence at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, and the recipient of a writing residency at Hedgebrook retreat. Before writing fiction, she wrote for the Global Health division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, covering their grant projects throughout the developing world. She is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist and Associate Editor of Mind to Mind, the literary section in Anesthesiology, the journal of the American Society of Anesthesiology. She is a founding member of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization supporting literacy and reading the Pacific Northwest, and also serves on medical bards working in Nicaragua and Bhutan.


Dr. David Roland Byrd

David Roland Byrd, MD 
Chief of Section for Surgical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine

The Surgeon Talks! Before and After the Knife

Dr. Byrd is the Chief of Section for Surgical Oncology (cancer surgery) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was the surgeon who introduced in the Northwest use of the now-routine sentinel-node biopsy technique. A graduate of Tulane University Medical School, Dr. Byrd is board-certified in general surgery (residency at the University of Washington) and has completed a surgical fellowship in cancer treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is renowned not only for his expertise in the surgical treatment of several different cancers but also for his dedication to the teaching and support of surgical residents. His concern for patients with cancer extends beyond the technical aspects of their surgical care, and for this, too, he has earned respect and admiration of his colleagues in all specialties.


Dr. John Leonard

John Lenard, MD, 
Prof. of Medicine Emeritus, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Regarding the Patient: A Reflection on the Nature of Suffering and the Role of the Physician

Dr. John Leonard has served as a physician-educator in the Department of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee since 1974.  He has served as a mentor and teacher for hundreds of medical students and residents as an attending physician in internal medicine, and specialist on infectious disease.  In addition to teaching the Physical Diagnosis course and directing the Medicine Clerkship for 2nd and 3rd-year medical students, Dr. Lenard served for 20 years as the Director of the Residency Training Program in Internal Medicine.  In 2012 he received the Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumni Award for his excellence in teaching.  



Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine, New York University Medical Center / Bellevue Hospital
Editor, Bellevue Literary Review

The Time-Harried American Physician 

Danielle Ofri is an Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.  She is a founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review.  Dr. Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the doctor-patient relationship.  Her essays were selected for Best American Essays and Best American Science Writing.  She is the recipient of the John P. McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association for "preeminent contributions to medial communications."  

Author of:
What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear
What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Medicine in Translation: Journeys with my Patient
Incidental Findings: Lessons from my Patients in the Art of Medicine