Chatham University

Pre-Med Advising Program

Chatham University offers a supportive environment and expert advice for students preparing to go to medical-related graduate schools.

  1. The Health Professions Advising Committee helps students prepare for graduate school with mock interviews, essay advice, portfolio preparation, workshops, shadowing, and volunteer opportunities. (Contact Dr. Pierette Appasamy for more information).
  2. Undergraduate and graduate pre-med clubs provide a venue for students to meet with other pre-medical students and volunteering opportunities in health-related programs. Chatham has an active chapter of MedLife and many of the pre-medical students participate in this program to provide service to underserved communities within Pittsburgh.
  3. Chatham's Office of Career Development will help you plan for and reach your goals with an approach that starts Day 1, Year 1 of your college experience.


Recent Chatham students (undergraduate and graduate) have been accepted to the following schools:

  • University of Michigan School of Medicine
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine (MD, PhD program)
  • Tufts University
  • Drexel University School of Medicine
  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • West Virginia University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine


LECOM Partnership

Chatham participates in an Early Acceptance Program in which qualified Chatham undergraduate students are enrolled simultaneously by Chatham and by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). LECOM will interview students prior to their enrollment at Chatham, or within the first two years of study at Chatham. Students interviewing successfully will be offered a provisional acceptance to LECOM's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. Learn more.

Research and Volunteer Opportunities

  • Many students participate in research opportunities under the direction of our faculty, and many of these students have been co-authors on research publications and/or have presented their work at national meetings as posters or oral presentations. Graduate students can participate in more extensive research as part of the thesis track of Chatham's Master of Science in Biology program, while other graduate students participate in research with faculty outside of the thesis track. A small number of graduate students receive paid research assistantships.
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges and Rochester Institute of Technology maintain lists of summer research opportunities at universities across the US.
  • In addition, students are encouraged to pursue volunteer opportunities in healthcare. Many volunteer at nearby UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students (thesis and non-thesis track) can carry out research under the supervision of faculty members during the school year and in the summer. Students should discuss opportunities with faculty teaching their courses, or contact Dr. Appasamy for further information.


For more information, contact Chair of the Health Professions Advising Committee, Pierette Appasamy, PhD at