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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.  "Like" the page 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 2015-2016:
President: Matt Scalise
Vice President: Joe Hoying
Treasurer: Brandon Hall
Secretary: Tray Godowns
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Like Us on Facebook: "Pre-Health Society - The Citadel - CC"

2015-2016 Meetings (*unless specified otherwise, all meetings are held at noon in Duckett 101)

  • September 11- Intro and timeline for applications
  • September 23 – *Bond 322* 4 PM* - VCOM School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • October 2 – Cadets for a Cure Service Project Planning
  • November 13- USC School of Medicine, Dr. Tom Blackwell
  • December 4- TBD
  • January 15- Military Scholarships (HPSP), Cpt. Teschner
  • February 12- MUSC College of Health Professions, everything other than medical or dental school
  • March 11- Campbell School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • April 8- New Officer Elections

Current Events:

  • Upcoming Pre-Health Events

  • Here are the tentative dates for the 2015-2016 Citadel Pre-Health Society meetings (all at noon in Duckett 101):  September 11, October 5, November 13, December 4, January 15, February 12, March 11, and April 8.  Look for flyers and emails with more details!  If you would like to be added to the Pre-Health Society email list, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your request.

  • Calendar of Pre-Health Events occurring nationwide


PowerPoint Presentation from MUSC SOM's Wanda Taylor

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.The Club hosted a shrimp dinner as a fundraiser for Wounded Nature in 2012, and is planning breast cancer awareness activities for 2014.

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 is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Cadets for a Cure is an initiative of The Citadel Pre-Health Society (PHS) to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer patients at Hollings Cancer Center, here in Charleston.  Please consider supporting us by purchasing a raffle ticket from myself or from any Pre-Health Society member.  See attached flyer for more information.


Other related events are listed below:

Below is our schedule of events for Cadets for a Cure 2015. Please take a look and make sure to write down each of these events in your calendar.  

  • We will be supporting Susan G. Komen, a national breast cancer advocacy organization, through our involvement in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, October 17th.  Since it is time to sign up for the Komen Race for a Cure now, here is the info for that first:
  • To register to run or walk on the Cadets for a Cure Team in the Komen Race for a Cure on October 17th ($35), please click the link here.

*NOTE: In order to participate in the actual 5K race (not required), there is a $35 registration fee. All money goes toward supporting breast cancer awareness. Volunteering to help with the race is free of charge. Students who would like to participate in the run but are unable to pay the registration fee may see Dr. Zanin or myself. 

  • To register to volunteer, please visit the link "HERE"
  • Information Campaign – October 12-20

-          Throughout the week, the PHS will send information to the Corps via email regarding breast cancer and what young men and women can do to be advocates for those battling with the disease. All information will come from either breast cancer awareness organizations (i.e. Susan G. Komen Lowcountry) and/or peer reviewed articles.

  1. Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) Bake Sale – October 13

-          For the second year in a row, the PHS will host College of Charleston’s ZTA sorority in Mark Clark Hall for a bake sale. In an effort to promote intercampus collaboration, 50% of the profits will go toward Susan G. Komen, a national breast cancer advocacy group that ZTA supports, and 50% will go toward Hollings Cancer Center’s Patient Support Services.

-          Members of the Pre-Health Society will sell raffle tickets for an Apple Watch give away.  Drawing to be held at Fuel Restaurant on October 14.  (You need not be present to win.) All proceeds will be donated to Hollings Cancer Center’s Patient Support Services.

  • Cadets for a Cure Fundraiser Dinner – October 14

-          The PHS will hold a fundraiser dinner and raffle at Fuel, a local restaurant located in downtown Charleston, on Wednesday, October 14, from 1700 to 2130. There, the PHS will have several tables setup to showcase cadet research on exercise/dieting tips for those who have cancer or are in remission. 10% Fuel’s profits for that night will go directly to Hollings Patient Support Services.

  • Susan G. Komen Pre-Race Rally – October 15

-          20 selected cadets who have been involved in the organizing “Cadets for a Cure” will be placed on orders via the Krause Center to help volunteer at Komen’s Pre-Race Rally from 1600-1930. There, volunteers will help organize tents, give out registration packets, assist in cleaning up, and, most importantly, engage and support breast cancer survivors. All volunteers will return to campus before ESP.

-          Uniforms: The uniform will be the prescribed leave uniform.

  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – October 17

-          Members of the PHS and other interested cadets, faculty and staff will run in the “Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure” at the Family Circle Stadium on Daniel Island under the team name “Cadets for a Cure.” The race begins at 0700 and all events will terminate around 1200. Citadel buses/vans will be organized to transport participating cadets. Because there is a fee to run in the race, participation is voluntary and no cadets will be forced or persuaded to pay. Those not wishing to run will still be able to volunteer at no cost to them. 

-          Uniforms: In an effort to show support for Komen, runners and volunteers will wear the designated “Cadets for a Cure” t-shirt and seasonal PT bottoms.


  • Dig Pink Volleyball Match – October 20

-          Breast Cancer Awareness Week will culminate at The Citadel women’s volleyball game on Monday, October 20, in McAllister Field House (MFH). The PHS will advertise the game on social and print media as well as at our previous events in an effort to “pack the house in pink.” Hollings Cancer Center has agreed to advertise this game to its patients, faculty, and staff as well.  In addition to showing our support for our team through banners, noisemakers, etc., the PHS would like to recognize breast cancer patients and survivors for their courage and strength (this will be coordinated with the Athletic Dept.). Additional Komen Race t-shirts along with last year’s Cadets for a Cure ribbons and bracelets will be sold at the game to those interested. Cadets will not be solicited. All donations will go directly to Hollings Patient Support Services.

-          Those who purchased raffle tickets will be eligible to win several consolation prizes at this event – must be present to win.

-          Uniforms: Those who participated in the Race be allowed to wear their “Cadets for a Cure” shirts to the game to act as “cheerleaders” to the Corps and for the Volleyball team.


  • Donation Presentation Ceremony – October 28

-          All money raised will be presented to Hollings Cancer Center’s Fundraising Coordinator, Mrs. Kiki Cooper, via a large check through a ceremony held in Duckett Hall Auditorium*

-          *Time and venue subject to change.



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 2014-2015:
President: Blake Holt
Vice President: Matt Scalise
Treasurer: Andrew McSorley
Secretary: Tray Godowns
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Officers 2011-2012:
President: Nicholas Slater
Vice President: Ben Canipe
Treasurer: Andrew Hancox
Secretary: Regis Bigness