Pre-Health

As the birthplace of VCU School of Medicine, Hampden-Sydney has been educating future medical professionals for nearly 175 years.

The Hampden-Sydney Pre-Health Society serves as a support group for students interested in all areas of the medical/health professions: allopathic, traditional, and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, orthodontics, optometry, pharmacology, podiatry, nursing, emergency medical services, veterinary, physical therapy, and health education.

What does the Pre-Health Society offer students?

  • Up-to-date MCAT study books from Kaplan in the Career Education Office.
  • Lectures are organized on topics related to the interests for Pre-Health students.
  • A better sense of communication between the students, professors, and Pre-Health advisors

Unique Offerings

H-SC/Centra Rotational Shadowing Program
In 2015, Hampden-Sydney College and Centra Southside Community Hospital partnered to bring Hampden-Sydney pre-health students the opportunity to explore the many different careers in medicine. Selected students will shadow physicians in the following departments:

  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Group
  • Emergency Department
  • ICU
  • Gastrointestinal
  • OB
  • Radiology
  • Pharmacy

Medical School Graduate Agreements
Early assurance for outstanding pre-med students


For Admission Into the Pre-Health Society
Students submit an application, essays, and two letters of reference, to be reviewed by a committee and selected for the program.
Applications, as well as reference letters, are due no later than 5pm ON October 3, 2016 to Dr. Kristian Hargadon. Applications will be reviewed and selected students will be notified soon thereafter.