Sewanee Health Professions Society

SHPS is a student-run group, overseen by the Office of Medical and Health Programs. It was initiated at the request of Beth Phillips C’91, an ER Physician. The goal of this group is to provide leadership opportunities for pre-med and pre-health students. Additionally, SHPS serves as a support structure for students and as a place to learn about networking and finding health-related internships, jobs, and information about graduate schools (medical, veterinary, nursing, dental, physical therapy, etc.). The group is led by an executive board consisting of a president, vice president, secretary/tutor coordinator, treasurer, and project manager(s) in each of the health disciplines; all are elected annually in April. To join SHPS, contact one of this year's Co-Presidents: Meghan Symonds and Trey Claus.

SHPS 2018-2019 Officers: Michael Jacobs C'19, Hannah Faulkner C'19, Natalie Paige Griffin C'20, Trey Claus C'19, Brianne Holsomback C'20, Meghan Symonds C'19, Gil Horner C'20, Grace Donner C'21, and Jarrod Marable, C'20

Current Officers

Meghan Symonds – Co-President
Meghan is a senior biology major on the integrative track and an archaeology minor. In addition to being involved with SHPS, she is also a captain and an active member of the Sewanee Women’s Varsity Golf Team. After graduating from Sewanee, Meghan hopes to attend dental school.

Trey Claus – Co-President
Trey is a senior on the pre-medical track, majoring in biology and potentially minoring in chemistry. He strives to involve himself with activities both on campus and off. These activities include: football, tutoring for pre-health courses, working at Sewanee Elementary, and volunteering at Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Tennessee. This past year, Trey wrapped up his final summer as a V-SURE intern at Vanderbilt University, where his research project involved developing novel pharmaceuticals for cancer. After graduating from Sewanee, he plans on attending medical school and pursuing a career in surgery.

Gil Horner – Co-Secretary and Tutor Coordinator
Gil is a junior at Sewanee studying anthropology and biology. As a co-secretary for SHPS, Gil works to ensure smooth communication between the executive council and student body. He also serves as the student liaison for the SHPS-OMHP tutoring program, which offers students one-on-one tutoring with a peer at no cost. Outside of academic spaces Gil enjoys running on the Perimeter Trail, Spring Break outreach trips, and other Sewanee Civic Engagement affairs. Following his short time on the Mountain, Gil plans to attend graduate school to further his anthropological training and receive a degree in human medicine, with the goal of practicing and teaching social medicine.

Jarrod Marable – Co-Secretary
Jarrod is a junior pre-med biochemistry major and religion minor from Marietta, GA. Jarrod is a member of the men's varsity swim team, proctor of Elliott and Hunter Halls, a tutor for the chemistry department and the OMHP, an SMHS member, and the academic chair of his fraternity. Jarrod has shadowed clinicians in a variety of settings. Most recently he shadowed an oral and maxofillial reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon in Atlanta. In the future, Jarrod hopes to pursue a career as an emergency department physician or general surgeon.

Hannah Faulkner – Treasurer
Hannah is a senior biochemistry major and biology minor on a pre-med track. She is one of the captains for Sewanee's cross country team and a member of the track and field team. Hannah is treasurer of the Chemistry Club and co-leads a bible study with Dr. Peters. She is also a member of SMHS, CRU, the Order of the Gown, Alpha Epsilon Delta (national health pre-professional honor society), Alpha Phi Omega (national service fraternity), and Eta Sigma Phi (national classics honor society). While on the Mountain, she conducts psychology research in the CARE (Caregiving, Affect, and Relationship Experiences) Lab. In addition, she has recently joined a cancer research lab under the mentorship of Dr. Alyssa Summers. This past summer, Hannah was one of two interns for Dr. Paul Evans and worked in The Evans Clinic, at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Hospital, and with other specialties in various hospitals and clinics. In the future, Hannah plans to attend medical school.

Grace Donner  Events Coordinator
Grace is a sophomore biology major and Spanish minor. She currently serves as one of the event coordinators for SHPS. Outside of SHPS, Grace is a member of the swimming and diving team, participates in Greek life, and is a member of the Rotaract Club. This past summer Grace took two summer classes, biochemistry and medical humanities, and shadowed at the local hospital in Winchester, TN. While shadowing, Grace shadowed in the ICU unit, emergency room and OB/GYN unit. After Sewanee, Grace plans to attend medical school and aspires to be a pediatrician one day.

Michael Jacobs – Events Coordinator
Michael is a junior biology major and environmental studies minor. He currently serves as one of the events coordinators for SHPS. Outside of SHPS, Michael is a starter on the football team, a biology tutor, Philanthropy chair for Sigma Nu, and a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta. He also does research on whale tissue with Dr. Fielding at the University. Michael volunteers once a week at a volunteer medical clinic in Winchester that provides care for those who cannot afford it. Two summers ago he participated in an ACE Medical internship with a neurosurgeon in Memphis for eight weeks and also went to Iceland to study surge-type glaciers with Dr. Fielding and other students. This past summer, Michael was a part of the Sewanee-At-Yale Program, and he created an atlas of the Macaca Mulatta brain using both functional and anatomical data. After leaving Sewanee, Michael plans to attend medical school.

Natalie Paige Griffin – External Communicator
Natalie Paige is a junior molecular biology major on the pre-med track with a classical languages minor. This summer she was a Cumberland Plateau Medical Clinic intern and worked at surrounding rural area clinics. Outside of her involvement with SHPS, Natalie Paige is a member of SMHS, Sewanee for St. Jude, Sewanee Rotaract Club, Eta Sigma Phi Honorary Society for Classical Studies, and she is an Orientation Leader for the Class of 2022. In the future, Natalie Paige plans to attend medical school and specialize in pediatrics.

Brianne Holsomback – External Communicator
Brianne is a pre-medicine, junior biology major and chemistry minor from Chattanooga, TN. She is a member of the Sewanee varsity swim team. She is also a proctor of Hodgson and Philips Halls. She is one of the 4 first-year Hippocrates Fellows and holds an internship position at Partners for Healing. She is hoping to attend medical school directly after graduating from Sewanee. 



Past Officers

PRESIDENT: Abby Bray C'16, currently at University of Kentucky Medical School
PRESIDENT: Angelica De Freitas C'15, currently working in the Peace Corps
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Amy Lee C'16, currently at deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik, Iceland
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Sydney Philpott C'15, currently in MPH program at Washington University in St. Louis
TREASURER: Veronica Gordillo-Herrejon C'17, currently at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn ‌
ALUMNI RELATIONS: Hannah Fay C'15, finished MS program in Physiology at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
PROJECT MANAGER Pre-Vet: Logan Shirley C'15, currently at University of TN College of Veterinary Medicine
PROJECT MANAGER Pre-Med: Litton Whitaker C'16, currently working at Vanderbilt Medical Center as Research Assistant in the lab of Dr. Mark Denison


Succeeding in the pre-health curriculum
The pre-health curriculum consists of a diverse array of coursework, much in the STEM fields. These courses are often extremely rigorous in order to provide students with the background skills and knowledge they need to succeed in health care fields. The Office of Medical and Health Programs (OMHP), partnering with the Sewanee Health Professions Society (SHPS), provides both leadership development opportunities for students interested in tutoring and one-on-one peer tutoring for students seeking tutoring. All peer tutors have not only succeeded in the courses in which they tutor, but they have also been shown to be good teachers and mentors.

For the academic year 2018-2019 the student leader of this program is Gil Horner.  If you have questions please refer them to Gil or Assistant Director Cynthia Gray.  

Those applying to be tutors need to fill out forms with Human Resources after being given approval from the Office of Medical and Health Programs. Time sheets also need turned in at a timely manner.

Those who have a tutor may be asked to evaluate their experience so we may provide the best mentorship and tutoring program for students. 

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SHPS Visits Vanderbilt

April, 10 2018

SHPS visited Vanderbilt University, where they met with faculty and staff from Vanderbilt's School of Medicine, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, Medical Scientist Training Program, and Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy.