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Second Annual Pre-Med Symposium Feb. 19 at Western

February 2, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Centennial Honors College will present the second annual Dr. Jill Brody/McDonough Eye Associates Pre-Med Symposium from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 in the University Union Brattain Lounge.

The event is a chance for WIU students to learn more about the transition to medical school and to meet with medical school representatives, thanks to a donation from Dr. Brody, her medical practice and several current and former regional physicians.

"We are grateful to area physicians, alumni and medical school deans for sharing their experiences and devoting resources to make this event possible," said Centennial Honors College Director Rick Hardy. "Western Illinois University has many outstanding Honors students who excel in biology, chemistry, nursing and health sciences. This event enables those students to explore the myriad of opportunities available in the medical profession by meeting face-to-face with medical school representatives and practitioners."  

The keynote speaker for this year's event is Dr. Amy High, of Memorial Physician Services – Women's Healthcare in Springfield, IL. High, an alumna of WIU and the Centennial Honors College, is on the medical staff of Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital, serving as chair of Memorial's Department and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and she is a volunteer clinical faculty member at the SIU School of Medicine.

Alex Geisler, assistant to the director of the Centennial Honors College, said she is excited for this year's event after its inaugural success in 2017.

"We are fortunate to have the support of so many local practitioners that have helped make this long-time idea come to fruition," she said. "It really is an asset and great resource to our students wanting to emerge into the medical field."

The schedule for this year's event includes:

• 4-6 p.m. – Medical School Table Fair

• 6 p.m. – Remarks by WIU President Jack Thomas and keynote address by Dr. High

• 6:20 p.m. – Distinguished All Western Panel, including Dr. Brody, ophthalmology; Dr. High, obstetrics and gynecology; Jeffrey Liles of the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine; Dr. David Miller, internal medicine; Tom Stites, pharmacy; and Dr. Michael Waters, family medicine

Along with Brody and McDonough Eye Associates, this year's symposium is sponsored by Dr. High, Dr. Donald Dexter, Dr. Russell R. Dohner, Dr. Dennis and Virginia Samuelson, Dr. David Miller and Dr. Mary Kathleen Lockard, Dr. David Greathouse, the WIU Foundation, the WIU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the WIU Department of Biological Sciences the WIU Department of Chemistry and the WIU Department of Health Sciences and Social Work and CAS Dean Sue Martinelli-Fernandez.

For more information about the event, contact the Centennial Honors College at (309) 298-2228 or email Geisler at

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