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Pre-Health Society


The Pre-Health Society:

The Pre-Health Society is a club for all students who are interested in Health-Related Professions. Meeting notifications available through "The Citadel Biology Department" Facebook Page. "Follow" the page "Pre-Health Society - The Citadel - CC" to get meeting notices via your Facebook newsfeed. The club advisor is Dr. Kathy Zanin. More Pre-Health Information is published on the Pre-Health Information Page.

Officers 2018-2019:

President: John DeStefano
Vice President: Rowan Brooks
Treasurer: Will Shugart
Secretary: Will Grant
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2018-19 Pre-Health Society meetings will be held 4:15-5:15 PM on the following dates:

Fall 2018
1. August 28 – Pre-Health Resource Information Meeting: Flyer
2. September 25 – VCOM, Erin Helbling, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
3. October 30 – Topic TBD
4. November 27 – Topic TBD
Spring 2019
1.      January 29 – Topic TBD
2.      February 26 – Topic TBD
3.      March 26 – New Officer Elections 

Look for flyers, Facebook notices, and emails with more meeting details.


B2B is a group of students from campuses across SC who meet virtually to discuss various pre-health topics.  You must register online to attend.  Citadel students can join the fun by meeting in Bond Hall 325 at 5 PM on the Wednesday dates indicated on this flyer.


The Pre-Health Society is selling T-Shirts, proceeds to benefit Komen Foundation and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  $20/shirt.  See Dr. Zanin in Bond Hall 322.


Click Here to See Upcoming Events for pre-health students.

Calendar of Pre-Health Events occurring nationwide

PowerPoint Presentation from MUSC SOM's Wanda Taylor

Presentation about Admissions to USC School of Medicine Greenville

MUSC Dental School Presentation

PowerPoint Presentation from Advisor Dr. Kathy Zanin

Video recordings of the discussion panels on “Ethics in Healthcare and Medical Research” from March 12, 2015. If you have any trouble opening the links, the videos only run properly if you use a computer (not a cell phone) to view them, and you also might need to set "Windows Media Player" as the default media player for your computer. (This setting may be changed in the Control Panel area of your computer; under Programs, Default Program Settings). Macintosh computer users may need this free download: Macintosh users may also need to use the Firefox web browser: Mac users may also have to change “system preferences” to allow your computer to begin videos automatically. Here are the links:


Secrets of Succes from 2015 Alumni Meeting

Alumni Share Secrets of Success - video from 2014

For Facebook updates about meetings, current events, and opportunities in the Biology Department, Like the Facebook page, "The Citadel Biology Department"

Meetings include presentations from representatives of Medical Schools, Dental Schools, Pharmacy Schools, Public Health Schools, and others. Students who have participated in health-related internships also give presentations.  As community service, the club has hosted shrimp dinners as fundraisers for Wounded Nature and for the VA Hospital, and has raised breast cancer awareness and funds for Hollings Cancer Center.

For more information about applying to graduate schools in health related fields, please see the Pre-Health Page and visit the bulletin board across from Bond 317.

Club Activities:

 October 20 and 21,2017 - Cadets for a Cure (members of the Pre-Health Society) volunteered with the Komen Race for the Cure


To kick off our Quit the Spit and Trash the Ash Tobacco Cessation Campaign, on April 14, 2016 The Pre-Health Society sponsored a talk by Dr. Mike Cummings to help students, faculty and staff learn "The Truth About Tobacco."  It was fascinating to learn how the tobacco industry tries to hook young people on their deadly product, just so they can get richer - a diabolical way to make money.



April 13-15, 2016 The Pre-Health Society's new President Ivan Dingle and Vice President Dillon Graham attended the 15th annual Gulf Summit Service Learning Conference in Savannah at Georgia Southern University. The conference promotes "Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education." They presented a poster by former President Matt Scalise about our 2015 Cadets for a Cure Initiative. This gave our club national exposure, and allowed our leaders to see what service others are doing across the country.  Two years ago Pre-Health Society Vice President Matt Scalise started a campaign called “Cadets for a Cure” to raise money and campus awareness of breast cancer, and our club donated more than $1,000 to patients at MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center. In 2015 as the club’s President, he led our members in a campaign that was even was bigger and better. He procured a private donation of $5,000 from Scalise Realty along with t-shirt donations; and he led a campaign that inspired nearly 70 Citadel students to volunteer at the Komen Race for a Cure on Daniel Island on October 17; also, through a dinner at Fuel restaurant, raffle ticket and t-shirt sales and sponsoring knob movie night, club members raised an additional $3,500 to donate.

The Pre-Health Society presented the $8,500 to Hollings Cancer Center on Wednesday, November 18 at 4:45 PM (video here). We also recognized a business called Exam Krackers that donated a set of MCAT prep books as a prize for the cadet who sold the most raffle tickets – a prize that really motivated students to sell more apple watch raffle tickets.  We received a lovely thank you note from Hollings Cancer Center.

As part of the Cadets for a Cure Campaign, Pre-Health Members and friends volunteered at the Komen Race for the Cure on Daniel Island.  Komen produced this video and sent us this note to thank the club and The Citadel for their participation.






In October 2014 The Pre-Health Society established "Cadets for a Cure." We worked to raise cancer awareness and to raise funds for Patient Support Services at Hollings Cancer Center through ribbon and wrist band sales. Cadet Matt Scalise was the founder of this campaign. We raised more than $1,000. A check was presented to Kiki Cooper of MUSC's Giving Office on Dec. 5, 2014.



In September 2014, a panel of distinguished alumni hosted "Meet the Experts" where students learned about various medical and dental specialties.



In February 2014, The Pre-Health Society Hosted a panel of alumni who shared the "Secrets of their Success" with students at The Citadel.



On October 24, 2012 The Pre-Health Society and BioCid co-hosted a Low Country Shrimp Boil Fundraiser that raised $650 to support Wounded Nature (an organization that employs veterans to clean up beaches and increase environmental awareness). Students worked all day selling tickets, shopping, chopping, cooking, serving, and cleaning up; making the event a huge success.


2012 Shrimp Boil Flyer


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Officers 2017-2018:
President: Grayson Carter
Vice President: Justin Kiel
Treasurer: John DeStefano
Secretary: Trey Hardee
Officers 2016-2017: 
President: Ivan Dingle
Vice President: Dillon Graham
Treasurer: Justin Kiel
Secretary: Hamilton Rhinehart
Officers 2013-2014
President: Charles Fyfe
Vice President: Eric Benfield
Secretary: Jay Gresham
Treasurer: Zachary Ford
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Officers 2012-2013
President: Regis Bigness
Vice President: Sarah Katchen
Secretary: Ricardo Caporale
Treasurer: Leondas Cole
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Officers 2011-2012:
President: Nicholas Slater
Vice President: Ben Canipe
Treasurer: Andrew Hancox
Secretary: Regis Bigness
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