16-17 Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

The Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board exists to foster communication, collaboration, and purposeful improvement between UVA Pre-Health Advisors and students pursuing admission to health professional programs.

Goals:

  • Establish consistent communcation among pre-health students and advisors in an effort to enhance the experience of pre-health students across grounds.
  • Identify, support, and collaborate on pre-health programs across health-related student organizations (CIOs) and Pre-Health Advising.

Members Include:

Adrienne Lewis

4th year
Major: Kinesiology
Health Profession: Physical Therapy

My name is Adrienne and I am a 4th year Kinesiology major. I am very excited to be attending VCU’s Doctoral of Physical Therapy program next year! Please contact me if you have any questions about the field of physical therapy or are seeking advice for the application process. It is very important to have plenty of experience in any health professional field you are entering. This is helpful in confirming your passion for the profession and for applying to graduate programs. However, my advice is to remember the importance of quality over quantity! You should be involved in a few organizations and/or activities such as volunteering and research to gain a variety of experiences. However, dedicating your time and effort into a more select group of activities will demonstrate your interest in the field to a program’s admission representatives and help individuals write you a good recommendation.

Andrea Myers

4th year
Major: Global Public Health
Health Profession: Medicine

I am a fourth year pre-med student majoring in Global Public Health. Outside of class I volunteer as an EMT, running regularly with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, and I am president of Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society. For students who want to enter into the medical field I would encourage them to stay positive during their undergrad journey. It seems daunting and intimidating in the beginning but if you are passionate about medicine you will find a path that leads you there. Don't compare yourself to others and don't get discouraged when you are trying your best. Stick with it, stay positive, and enjoy the journey along the way. 

Ashley Bykowski

3rd year
Major: Kinesiology
Health Profession: Physician Assistant / Physical Therapy

Welcome to UVA! I am a Kinesiology major planning to obtain a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Curry and afterwards attend PA or PT school. Aside from studying, I spend much of my time running around Charlottesville and teaching fitness classes downtown. My best advice for college is making an effort to truly follow your passions that will one day lead to a career, rather than striving to fit a pre-defined “mold.”

Ashley Pandolf

4th year
Major: Biochemistry
Health Profession: Medicine

I am currently a 4th year Biochemistry major at UVA. In addition to my academic pursuits, I also work in a medical research laboratory in UVA's Medical School assisting with cancer cell signaling knock-down research, meanwhile also working part-time during school breaks with hospice and home health services as a registered CNA. Before moving to Charlottesville to attend college, I grew-up in Yorktown, Virginia, spending a lot of my time outside and playing sports. If I could give one piece of advice to my former first-year self, it would be "to not sweat the small stuff." Being pre-med can be stressful at times; but just remember to let your passion and desire to help others drive you to the finish line.

Candice Banks

4th year

Daniel Foley

4th year
Health Profession: Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine is something I have been passionate about since I was first exposed to the profession. I always knew that my career had to involve working with animals, and veterinary medicine seemed an intimate and effective way to accomplish this. My most significant moments in my pre-veterinary track occurred when I put myself out of my comfort zone, was challenged, and developed a new maturity and perspective as a result. Expose yourself to a diverse range of experiences, and you will quickly determine what your passions are.

Danielle Hester

4th year
Major: Biology
Health Profession: Optometry

I have been going to my optometrist since middle school and I have always been appreciative of the fact that I could see the board in school and continue playing sports at a high level. I like how you can specialize within the field given that there is a lot of variety and how the field is continuing to grow. My advise would be to shadow an optometrist (multiple if you can)! You get a much better idea of what a day entails, how diverse the field is, and if optometry is good fit for you.

Elexa Rallos

4th year
Major: Biology
Health Profession: Medicine

My name is Elexa Rallos and I am a fourth year majoring in biology and minoring in bioethics looking to go into the field of medicine. I have a lot of experience in the health field, primarily as an EMT here in Charlottesville, and can attest to the fact that working in the medical field is one of the most intrinsically-rewarding experiences one can encounter. I would like to pursue a career where I genuinely know I've physically and directly impacted a life through my work.

Emmelyn Luu

 

4th year
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Health Profession: Medicine

I am a 4th year majoring in biomedical engineering. Throughout my years at UVA, I have been involved in volunteering, research, design projects, and pre-medical societies at UVA. My advice would be to try out as many new things as you can and find what really interests you. Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. Being able to take part in something that you are passionate about makes the process and the final outcome much more rewarding!

Hillary Liu

4th year
Health Profession: Dentistry

My name is Hillary Liu and I have lived in northern Virginia for most of my life. I am a fourth year in the college majoring in Biology and minoring in Studio Art. Last year, I served as Fundraising Chair of the Pre-Dental Society and I am excited to continue to serve and lead PDS as the President. I loved going to dentist appointments when I was little, and once I started shadowing over the summer in college I realized I could truly see myself in this career; one that has the perfect balance of science, art, and service. Aside from PDS, I am also a TA and RA and I love going to multicultural events and dance performances around grounds. I hope to lead PDS to new heights this year and help all of you navigate the process of applying to dental schools and learning about dentistry as a potential career.

Harrison Boyce

3rd year
Major: Kinesiology
Health Profession: Medicine

The profession which will bring the most happiness to others will in turn also bring the most happiness to you. When choosing which direction to take, ask yourself what is the best way you can use your talents and work ethic to improve the lives of others. Those who choose to work in the healthcare field can find a profound sense of purpose and meaning in their lives through healing others.

Jackie Lee 4th year
Major: Cognitive Science
Health Profession: Medicine
Joe Rogers

4th year
Major: Kinesiology
Health Profession: Medicine

Navigating prehealth classes and career options in college can be pretty challenging, especially at a school like UVA. However, there is no one correct way to go about it, so find what excites you and go for it!

Kalie Leone

4th year
Major: Biology
Health Profession: Optometry

I’ve had poor vision pretty much my whole life and have been visiting an optometrist since I was young. I always found these appointments very interesting because my eye doctor would explain the science behind my vision issues. The more I looked into the profession as I got older, the more it seemed to be a perfect fit for me. My advice for pre-health students would be to explore a lot of different medical professions through shadowing and research to find one that works for you.

Lindsey Vu

3rd year
Major: Biology & Psychology
Health Profession: Medicine

Hi! I am a 3rd year pre-med student double majoring in biology and psychology. Outside of school, I enjoy volunteering at the SPCA and fundraising for various non-profits such as the American Cancer Society. Being a pre-health student can be overwhelming at times, but just remember to do things one step at a time and to take study breaks! Also, utilize the resources offered to you by the UVA Career Center!

Matthew Druckenbroad

4th year
Major: Biology
Health Profession: Medicine

I am pursuing a career in the medical field because I cannot envision anything else. After years of shadowing and working in a clinical setting, I am certain that this is what I am meant to do. My advice is to experience as much as possible and take advantage of all this school has to offer. A career in health professions is described as a calling for a reason; it is a long path, so make sure it is the one for you.

Mei Pang

4th year
Major: Biology
Health Profession: Medicine

I am a 4th year majoring in Biology. During my time at UVA, I've been involved in volunteer, research, culture organizations, Greek Life and pre-med societies. My advice to underclassmen would be to try out different activities and explore different health careers. It's okay to 'shop around'! Try to shadow lots of different professions to see what works best for you.

Nishant Jha

3rd year
Major: Computer Science
Health Profession: Medicine

I’m a CS major who is involved with cancer research in the medical school. I’m really interested in how computers and computing technologies will be integrated into the medical field. My advice: get involved in research as soon as possible – it’s incredibly rewarding!

Pouya Pairo

4th year
Major: Music
Health Profession: Medicine

I'm a fourth year transfer student studying music and biology. This year, I serve as Vice President of Programs for DHW. I'm interested in public health and the osteopathic approach to medicine. While studying music and biology, I very much enjoy the contrast between the arts and sciences and how they're very often closely intertwined.

Rebekah Lee

3rd year
Major: Biology
Health Profession: Pharmacy

My name is Rebekah Lee and I am a third year on the pre-pharmacy track. Pharmacy has always been a big influence in my life with my aunt being a pharmacist and having many medical problems. Despite my illness, I love being active in sports such as tennis and ultimate Frisbee. Anyone who loves interactions with people and interactions of medicine should take their interest in pharmacy! Pharmacy here at UVA is a loving, encouraging community who has helped me!

 

Interested in joining the Advisory Board?

We announce application deadlines for the Advisory Board in the spring of each year. Make sure to join the Pre-Health Pulse Newsletter through Handshake to receive the announcement!