Pre-Med Workshops

The Application Process (MD vs DO)

Hear tips and advice about the preparation and application to medical school. Tips cover course work, AMCAS, MCAT, interviewing, professionalism, and choosing a medical school. Ask your questions about the process and how your application is reviewed. To how many schools should you apply? How many MCATs is too many? What can I do to make my application more competitive? What are the regulations governing the background checks?

Our co-presenter during this session will discuss the similarities and differences of the osteopathic medical school application process.


Presenter: Sunshine “Sunny” Gibson is the director of the Office of Diversity at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She works with student, faculty, resident, staff, and community constituencies to address issues of underrepresentation in medicine, cultural humility, institutional belonging, educational partnership, and health inequities. Her focus for the past four years has been to design and integrate programs using a model of diversity as a driver of institutional excellence. She has worked on diversity at the national level with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is a member of two AAMC bodies, the Group on Student Affairs Committee on Diversity Affairs and the Group on Diversity and Inclusion. Sunny is currently finishing a doctorate degree in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago.

Born and raised in the Portland, Oregon area, Ms. Gibson is the second youngest of five siblings, a first generation college graduate, and the only individual in her family and extended family to earn an advanced college degree. She and her partner, Brad, currently reside in the western suburbs of Illinois with three amazing three-year-olds: twin girls Amanda and Layla, and a Boston Terrier named Bailey.


Co-Presenter: Jill L. Harman, M.Ed. graduated from Glenville State College in 1993, receiving a B.S. degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in Music. She received a Master of Education from Ohio University in 2001 and she is also working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education at Ohio University. Her research interests include identifying success factors of first-generation, Appalachian medical students as well as factors of influence on specialty choice.

Jill has presented nationally to both the AAMC and AACOM on the use of electronic communications in student recruitment and communicating with the Millennial Generation. She has served nationally as vice-chair of both the AACOM Council of Medical School Admissions Officers and Alumni/Development Professionals. While at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jill has served as associate director of admissions and director of alumni affairs. She currently serves as the OU-HCOM director of admissions.


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