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The creation of a Pre-Med Society at the University of Guelph-Humber received formal approval from Student Life on Wednesday, with support from Dr. Leslie Auger, Program Head of Kinesiology.

Original Story: Society Submission

The application was submitted earlier this fall by students Hannah Derue, Jessica-Dominique Lecques and Kamila Swiatkowska, two of which will never be society executives as they graduate next semester.

The first executives appointed next spring will take up their roles on May 1, 2019.

For now, Ms. Derue told The Avro Post that the society members are excited to get started, and the first question asked by their members was when the inaugural meeting would be.

Derue, who broke the news on her social media, showed The Avro Post that the society’s mandatory faculty advisor will be Jessica Pilfold.

Derue and Lecques thought up the society concept after discussing their interests in going into medical school after graduating, the pair told The Avro Post in November.

Medical school applicants have to pass the difficult MCAT examination and come under mental, emotional and sometimes financial stress.

This exam tests students on a variety of sections includes chemistry, biology, physics, critical analysis and reasoning skills and psychological and social determinants of behaviours. It takes over six hours to complete. 

Derue previously said the Pre-Med Society would be focused on supporting her peers applying for medical school by “providing social support and access to shared resources among group members.”

As she prepares her own paperwork to apply for medical school, Derue believes there needs to be more social support for students applying from Guelph-Humber, including sharing access to tools such as practice tests, notes and guest lectures.

“We can help piece together a network and not have people scrambling for the same practice test. Applying for medical school can also be very expensive so having a support team is important,” said Derue.

More details to follow. Image of the Guelph-Humber Atrium from The Avro Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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