Meet our Alumni and Students

URI pre-health alumni pursue different avenues toward successful admission to medical school and other health profession training programs. Read below about the paths followed by three of our recent grads:


Bill LawDartmouth, Geisel School of Medicine

AT URI: Majored in Biological Sciences and Spanish; completed the Honors Program. Volunteered abroad (Cambodia); undergraduate research; teaching assistant for global health course; EMT on and off campus; study abroad in Mexico.

AFTER GRADUATING: Worked as a Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center.

BILL’S ADVICE: There’s a place for you at URI no matter where you are from or what your interests are. Ask question, explore new opportunities, figure out what you like to do and pursue it!


Nana Ofei-Tenkorang White Coat

Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

AT URI: Majored in Biological Sciences; minored in Leadership Studies; completed the Honors Program. Pre-health ambassador; teaching assistant in math; URI 101 mentor; undergraduate research.

AFTER GRADUATING: Extensive research experience at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Studied women’s health and anxiety.

NANA’S ADVICE: The journey starts now. It is never too early to engage in activities (e.g., shadowing, research, mission trips, etc.) that will translate into a strong resume or application for professional schools. Be open-minded on the journey, stay focused, and when it gets harder do not give up.

Emily Minakin, '15

Emily Minakin

Tufts University Physician Assistant Program

AT URI: Majored in Nutrition and Dietetics; Minored in Biology. National Exchange in Hawaii (where she got her CNA license); worked as a CNA and shadowed PAs and physicians; Nutrition Club; National Honor Society; Lipid Lab volunteer; volunteer at Type 1 Diabetes camp.

AFTER GRADUATING: Worked as CNA to gain more than the required clinical hours for admission.

EMILY’S ADVICE: I tried to find any valuable experience I could because I knew that PA school was competitive. It was a tough process but if you are determined and willing to work for it, it pays off. Keep your grades up, take a rigorous schedule, and make sure to get hands-on experience. Make sure this process is exactly what you want. I would highly recommend shadowing in a few specialties and making sure this type of lifestyle is right for you.


Christopher Phothisane, '18

Brown University, Alpert Medical School via URI-Brown Early Identification Program

At age 33, Christopher Phothisane is not your typical college student. For a long time he saw that as a liability. Now, as he prepares to graduate in May with a double major in biology and psychology—and an acceptance letter to Brown University’s medical school in hand—Phothisane understands that his non-traditional journey is actually a strength. More…


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