Karl Schneider

Student clubs and organizations on campus help facilitate a social backdrop for like-minded individuals. Some clubs bring students together for extra curricular past-times and others hope to achieve academic success in their endeavors. The new Pre-Medical club beginning this fall is of the latter.

 The student founder of the Pre-Medical club, Greg Rivenbark, realized the arduous path set before students hoping to traverse medical school. Rivenbark saw the benefits of Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership program. “I am seeing people like myself, looking towards finishing a bachelor degree right here on campus while strongly embracing the educational potential that is cultivated in our very own classrooms,” he said.

The pre-med pipeline requires a good amount of work outside of the classroom. Rivenbark notes the balancing act between extracurricular experiences and traditional courses requires special attention. “Most universities have a whole department set aside for pre-medical student advising where students can ask questions or get help to set up a game plan on issues such as when to start physician shadowing, gathering clinical experience, how to get involved in student research opportunities, or how to start preparing for the ominous MCATS,” he said.

The Pre-Medical club hopes to fill in the gaps where, “students can come together, pool information resources and advise each other on potential networking opportunities in the medical field,” Rivenbark said.

The goal of the pre-med club will be to cultivate a kind of social group to help students interested in medicine network and share their trials and triumphs.  “… the club will help to guide pre-medical students on successful academic career paths, [and] will also bring students together who share similar frustrations and anxieties that come with the career goals,” Rivenbark said. The new club hopes to host a variety of guest speakers “such as Admissions Representatives and current medical students who will help position members to be competitive when applying to medical school,” he said.

The new club will be advised by Dr. John Crooks, associate provost of the University Partnership and Patrick Keebler, program developer also at the UP. “They truly epitomize the example of faculty going over and beyond their duties to ensure the success of students and the cultivation along with continued evolution of the growing potential seen in the LCCC community,” Rivenbark said.

Rivenbark realized his calling lies in the healing arts of medicine after first spending time pursuing a music as a potential career path. He has recently been awarded his associate of science degree and is entering the University Partnership program through Cleveland State University. He is currently on track to gain his four-year degree in Psychology “because of its strong neuroscience and perception core”.  Once he finishes his degree through the UP he is planning on applying for medical school, exploring the possibilities of neuroscience.