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HUNTINGTON — Marshall University and its Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine have selected 10 high school seniors from across West Virginia as the newest class of students for the accelerated B.S./M.D. program, according to a release.

The program was established in 2015 as a pathway for high-performing West Virginia students to finish both their bachelor of science and doctor of medicine degrees in seven years. The new class joins 20 B.S./M.D. students currently in medical school and 28 students in the undergraduate portion of the curriculum.

The following students have been accepted into the program and will begin their undergraduate coursework at Marshall this fall.

  • Gavin Nease — Cabell Midland High School (Cabell County)
  • Cassidy Woodrum — Huntington High School (Cabell County)
  • Bailey Baker — Lincoln County High School (Lincoln County)
  • Sarah Eaglen — Morgantown High School (Monongalia County)
  • Zoya Khalid — George Washington High School (Kanawha County)
  • Sophia McMillion — Robert C. Byrd High School (Harrison County)
  • Wade Ritchie — Richwood High School (Nicholas County)
  • Darshan Sangani — George Washington High School (Kanawha County)
  • Emma Sitler — George Washington High School (Kanawha County)
  • Sidney Strause — Wood County Christian School (Wood County)

About 90% of the cohort reported that they held part-time jobs during high school. In fact, several have held more than one job. In addition to working outside of school, many are student leaders, athletes and community volunteers.

“We have a unique group of hard-working students,” said Jennifer T. Plymale, associate dean of admissions for the School of Medicine. “They have learned to balance all of these responsibilities while maintaining academic excellence — a skill that will serve them well in medical school and in the practice of medicine.”

Students begin the application process the summer prior to their senior year of high school. The program is open to West Virginia high school students who achieve a minimum ACT composite score of 30 (or equivalent SAT) and an ACT math score of 27 (or equivalent SAT), as well as a cumulative GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. Other criteria include three letters of recommendation and an on-campus interview.

Students who successfully complete the undergraduate program requirements will matriculate directly into medical school. They are not required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Additionally, the students will receive a tuition waiver for the medical school portion of the program.

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