Newman alums now in medical school in Wichita


Twelve of 16 Newman alumni accepted into medical schools over the past few years are now in Wichita, launching or continuing their studies at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

All seven of the 2010 graduates accepted into KU Medical School began their studies at the school in Kansas City, Kan. Now in their third year of the program, all are currently studying at the school’s Wichita facility. The students – Joseph Baalman, Jeff Cotter, Amanda Engels, Isaac Johnston, Phong Le, Kyle Miller and Barbara Nguyen – will continue their studies in Wichita through their fourth year.

Five of the nine Newman graduates accepted into medical schools this past spring have begun their studies at the Wichita location. They are 2012 graduates Cole Gillenwater, Jesse Gray, Caleb McCormick and Nicholas Ojile, and 2011 grad Christopher Stanley. Other 2012 graduates Anna Scheuffele and Cooper Stewart are at the school’s Kansas City location, while T.V. Nguyen has entered the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo., and Chad Michler is in the biomedicalnsciences program at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Mo.

As part of their studies, Gillenwater, Gray, McCormick and Ojile will take a biology class in spring 2013 from Newman Associate Professor of Biology Susan Orsbon. Orsbon and Assistant Professor of Biology Michael Bradley, Ph.D. are providing biology courses to KU students as part of an agreement with the KU Medical School in Wichita. KU previously required medical students to take the first two years of their program in Kansas City; students now can begin their studies in Wichita. For more information, read the story from the Fall 2011 issue of Challenge magazine.

Newman has a long-standing tradition of excellence in its pre-medical program. Over the past 10 years, more than 96 percent of qualified Newman pre-med students who applied have been accepted into medical schools.