Centennial Honors College

Jill M. Brody, MD | McDonough Eye Associates Pre-Med Symposium

The Pre-Med Symposium enables students to:

  • Explore medical careers (e.g. nursing, dentistry, veterinary sciences, ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, anesthesiology, pharmacy, family medicine, etc.)
  • Meet medical school representatives
  • Enjoy good food and music
  • Hear real-life medical school experiences and advice from professionals

February 20, 2020 | Brattain Lounge in the Union

  • 5-6 PM | Medical School Table Fair
  • 5:45 | Opening Remarks
  • 6:00 | Keynote Speaker
  • 6:20 | Distinguished Medical Professional Panel

"Your Medical Career Can Start at Western Illinois University," Keynote Address
Dr. Melissa Willis

Dr. Melissa Willis, MD
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Dr. Melissa Willis was born and raised in Ottumwa, IA. She attended Western Illinois University where she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology and a Chemistry minor. During her time at WIU, she also participated in the Illinois Centennial Honors College and graduated with a distinction in research while participating in track and field and cross country. She completed medical school at the University of Iowa and graduated with a distinction in research. She then completed an internship and Dermatology residency at the University of Iowa. She joined the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and practices at the outreach clinic in Bettendorf, IA. She is a member of several societies including the American Academy of Dermatology, the Dermatology Foundation, the Pediatric Dermatology Society, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the Iowa Dermatologic Society, the American Medical Association/Iowa Medical Society, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society.


Distinguished Panelists
Nick Doll Photo

Dr. Nicholas D. Doll, DMD
DMD, Dentist

Karen Blakely Photo

Dr. Karen Blakeley, DVM, MPH
Veterinarian

Shea Trost Photo

Dr. Shea Trost, DO
Anesthesiologist

Lea Monahan Photo

Dr. Lea Monahan, PhD, RN, CNE
WIU School of Nursing Director

Sponsors: Dr. Jill M Brody, MD, McDonough Eye Associates, Dr. Amy High, Dr. Donald Dexter, Dr. Russell R. Dohner, Dr. Dennis and Virginia Samuelson, Dr. Dave Miller and Dr. Mary Kathleen Lockard, Dr. David Greathouse, the Western Illinois University Foundation, College of Arts & Sciences, Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Health Sciences and Social Work, CAS Dean Susan Martinelli-Fernandez.

The event is open and free to the public. Students interested in the study of medicine and those in classes addressing medical issues are encouraged to attend.


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