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.  

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

2017-18 Officers

Taylor Hall – Co-President
Taylor is a sophomore with an intended major of chemistry and a potential minor in either biology or economics. He currently serves as the President for SHPS; with this position, he hopes to serve his fellow pre-health peers by offering access to opportunities and information to further their careers in the health field. Thus far in his Sewanee career, Taylor has gotten involved with on-campus organizations including the following: SHPS, SMHS, the Sewanee Fire Department, the Sewanee Chemistry Club, Cru, and the ATO Fraternity. Taylor has worked off the mountain shadowing Dr. Garrett Orr – an opportunity that was provided initially by the Sewanee OMHP. Following his undergraduate work at Sewanee, Taylor intends to pursue dental school with intentions of working in military dentistry early in his career.

Natalie Javadi – Co-President
As the Vice President of SHPS, Natalie is dedicated to helping pre-health students through the process at Sewanee, whether it be offering advice on which classes to take, or educating students about the hands-on medical experiences Sewanee has to offer. She plans to create multiple sub-groups in SHPS that focus on other health professions besides pre-medical, such as pre-vet, pre-PA, pre-nursing, etc. Natalie is a junior biology major who is also a part of the Sewanee women’s golf team. She spent the fall of 2016 interning with Partners for Healing, a free clinic in Tullahoma, and interned with Dr. Evans in a rural area of Tennessee in the summer of 2017. Natalie intends to pursue PA school and specialize in pediatrics. 

Gil Horner – Secretary and Tutor Coordinator
Gil is a sophomore with an intended major of biology and minor in chemistry. He currently serves as the Secretary for SHPS, wherein he is responsible for managing the tutoring program and proper documentation of minutes at meetings. In his short time on The Mountain he has gotten involved in numerous on-campus organizations, many with health and community-engagement focuses. He is an active member in Sewanee’s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, a member of SMHS, an inaugural member of the Hippocrates Fellows program, and enjoys attending Earthkeepers and Divest Sewanee events. This summer he will remain enrolled in classes on-campus and have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in surrounding rural area clinics. Following his undergraduate career at Sewanee, Gil intends to pursue medical school as well as a degree in public health.

Hannah Faulkner – Treasurer
Hannah is a junior biochemistry major 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 works as a grader for the Chemistry Department and is also a member of SMHS, CRU, the Chemistry Club, 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. This past summer, Hannah was a part of the Sewanee-At-Yale Program, working with a cognitive psychologist to develop a school curriculum for parents to learn about their child's development from the first trimester to six years of age. In the future, Hannah plans to attend a medical school with a MD/Engineering program and to pursue a career in orthopedic medicine and biomedical engineering research. She hopes to practice while serving as a military officer and to improve prosthesis for veterans and the public.

Heather Pittman – Events Coordinator
Heather is a senior biology and English major who is also minoring in French. She currently serves as one of the event coordinators for SHPS, through which she is responsible for planning and coordinating all social and educational events related to the various pre-health fields. Alongside SHPS, Heather has been actively involved in numerous service organizations around campus since her freshman year, and has held executive positions in Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, the Food with Friends outreach organization, and Kappa Delta sorority. She is currently the co-director of the Sewanee Academic Diversity Cohort, and is continuing her third semester as an intern with the Volunteers in Medicine non-profit rural health clinic in Winchester, Tennessee. In previous summers, Heather participated in a public health research internship at Yale and has shadowed numerous doctors and PAs throughout the medical field. After leaving Sewanee, Heather plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health before attending school to become a Physician Assistant.

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, and does research on whale tissue with Dr. Fielding at the University. This past summer 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. After leaving Sewanee, Michael plans to attend medical school.

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

Recent Events

The last few months have been busy SHPS! From raising $740 for the Duke Cancer Research Institute to touring Vanderbilt University Medical Center, SHPS has provided a variety of opportunities for fellowship, fundraising and educational enrichment. Click on the links below to learn more about these events. 

            SHPS 2018-2019 Leadership                                  Pre-Med Vanderbilt Visit

                  Pre-Nursing Fellowship                        Dodgeball for Duke Cancer Research  

Current Sewanee students can explore SHPS' upcoming events on OrgSync.


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. 

Apply to be a tutor here.

Request a tutor here.