Midwest Pre-Health Conference

Fourth Annual Midwest Pre-Health Conference

Friday, October 27, 2017 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Join us on the campus of Bowling Green State University this October for the fourth annual Midwest Pre-Health Conference. This is the only free conference of its kind in the state of Ohio. An extensive group of pre-health-related professional and graduate schools from across the region and nation will be on hand, providing a unique opportunity:

  • For high school and college students and their parents to interact in-person with deans of admission, admission officers, financial aid officers, faculty and staff to learn about specific program requirements
  • For faculty and staff to network with individuals representing top programs in the medical profession
  • To explore new possibilities and collaborations in the areas of research, internships, clinical settings and mentorships
Shermaine Hutchins

Shermaine Hutchins '16

Shermaine Hutchins is a second year Healthcare Management graduate student at Yale School of Public Health and is the 2017-2018 Yale Cornell Scott Scholar. Shermaine serves as a senator and funding chair of the Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate and Co-Chair of the Yale Black Graduate Network. Like his father and grandfather, Hutchins is a proud military veteran who served as a combat medic. Hutchins attended Ohio based Owens Community College and Bowling Green State University. As a student at Bowling Green, Shermaine founded the Midwest Pre-Health Conference now in its fourth year. Currently, Shermaine is an Administrative Fellow with the New Haven Department of Health where he is developing operational and marketing strategies for new and existing community health ventures. In addition, he is the newest board member of the Medical Advisory Committee of New Haven.


Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD

Dr. Brenda Latham-Sadler is an Associate Dean, Student Inclusion and Diversity, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, holds faculty appointment in the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is an Affiliate in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, is a member of the school of medicine’s MD admissions committee, and served as Director of the Biomedical Sciences Master Degree-Post-baccalaureate Program.  She earned a B.S. degree in Biology at Pace University in New York City and Doctor of Medicine degree at Wake Forest University-Bowman-Gray School of Medicine.  Dr. Latham-Sadler has served in leadership roles at the regional and national level for a number of organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges, National Association of Medical Minority Educators and the North Carolina Medical Society. She is involved in community service throughout the state of NC, and served on the Board of Directors of Appalachian State University Foundation, United Way of Forsyth County, Youth Opportunities, the North Carolina Black Repertory Theater Company and the Medical School Advisory Committee for the National Board of Medical Examiners. She is a Past-President of the Forsyth-Stokes-Davie County Medical Society and continues to serves on their Executive Board.  Dr. Latham-Sadler is also a member of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, was named one of Winston-Salem’s Outstanding Women Leaders and appointed to the State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) of North Carolina by then Governor Beverly Perdue. 


Sonia M. Najjar, PhD

Dr. Najjar earned a PhD degree in Physiology from Stanford Medical School in 1989, and carried out a post-doctoral fellowship in the Diabetes Branch at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) until July 1994. She then joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at the former Medical College of Ohio, now known as the University of Toledo (UT) College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She rose up the academic ranks to become Full Professor in 2005. In January of 2006, she founded the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (CeDER), bringing together several scientists with complementary expertise in emerging areas of metabolism and cardiovascular research. In February 2016, she was named Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in Ohio University College of Medicine at Ohio University (OU-HCOM) in Athens, Ohio, until recently when she has been honored with the John J. Kopchick, PhD OHF Endowed Eminent Research Chair. Dr. Najjar’s research has delved into the pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes, and the integrated physiology of insulin and lipid metabolism in liver. She is best known for identifying a key role for hepatic insulin clearance in regulating insulin action and fat metabolism, and how impaired insulin clearance in liver could cause insulin resistance, obesity, fatty liver disease, hypertension and atherosclerosis. As an authority in metabolism, she has authored more than 12 book chapters and 90 scientific articles, with several of them in leading medical journals such as Science, Nature Genetics, Cell Metabolism, J. Clinical Investigations, Gastroenterology, Diabetes, Diabetologia, and others. She has been invited to deliver seminar and keynote lectures across the globe. At the graduate education level, Dr. Najjar served as the first director of admissions of the Molecular Basis of Disease PhD program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 1996, until she served as its director from 2000 until 2006, at which point she shepherded its transformation into the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease PhD program in 2007.  Dr. Najjar has mentored 19 doctoral students in her laboratory and served on more than 60 PhD advisory committees at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Dr. Najjar is a member of several professional societies. She has also served on the editorial board of several scientific journals and on several review panels in the US, Canada, Europe, Qatar and Hong Kong. In the US, she has served as ad hoc and standing member of several NIH study sections since 2001. Dr. Najjar’s research has continuously been funded by federal agencies, including the NIH (both the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease–NIDDK and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute–NHLBI), the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). She also mentored several of her trainees in receiving fellowships from the ADA and the American Heart Association. Dr. Najjar has received numerous awards from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and in 2014, she received the YWCA Northwest Ohio Milestone award for Sciences in recognition of her service to the community in Northwest Ohio.

Featured Programs

  • Allied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy)
  • Dentistry
  • Graduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.)
  • Medicine (MD, DO)
  • Nursing
  • Optometry


  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Veterinary Medicine
Name of School/InstitutionAreas of Interest/Programs
A.T. Still University of Health SciencesAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Dentistry; Medicine; Physician Assistant
American Institute of Alternative MedicineGraduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.)
Boston University School of Public HealthGraduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.)
Dr. Flowers Test Prep, LLCAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Medicine; Veterinary Medicine
Kansas City University of Medicine and BiosciencesGraduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.); Medicine; Research
Kent University - College of Podiatric MedicinePodiatry
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicineDentistry; Medicine; Pharmacy
Larry E.  Hamme, Ph. D. and AssociatesBehavioral Sciences
Loyola University Chicago-Stritch School of MedicineMedicine
Medical Laboratory Science Program/ BGSUAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy)
Mercer University College of Health ProfessionsAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Graduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.); Physician Assistant
Mercer University College of PharmacyPharmacy
Mount Carmel College of NursingNursing
Navy MedicineAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Dentistry; Graduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.); Healthcare Administration; Medicine; Nursing; Pharmacy; Physician Assistant; Research
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic MedicineMedicine
Oakland University William Beaumont School of MedicineMedicine
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicineMedicine
Ross University School of MedicineMedicine
St. George's University, Grenada, West IndiesMedicine; Veterinary Medicine
The University of ToledoMedicine
University of Cincinnati - College of Allied Health ProfessionsAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Graduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.)
University of FindlayAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Nursing; Pharmacy; Physician Assistant; Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago College of PharmacyPharmacy
University of Kentucky-College of Health SciencesPhysician Assistant
University of LouisvilleGraduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.)
University of Medicine and Health SciencesMedicine
University of Michigan - Michigan MedicineMedicine
University of Michigan School of Dentistry DDS ProgramDentistry
University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Oral Health Sciences PhD ProgramDentistry
University of Michigan, School of Public HealthGraduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.)
University of Mount UnionAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Physician Assistant
University of New England - College of PharmacyPharmacy
University of PittsburghAllied Health (PT, OT, SLP); Denistry; Graduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.); Medicine; Nursing; Pharmacy; Physician Assistant; Research
University of Toledo Medical School AdmissionsMedicine
University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical SciencesPharmacy
University of Toledo-College of Health and Human ServicesAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Behavioral Sciences; Graduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.)
University of Wisconsin - School of Medicine and Public healthAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Graduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.); Medicine; Physician Assistant
Ursuline CollegeGraduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.); Nursing
Wake Forest School of MedicineGraduate (MPH, MSW, Clinical Psychology, etc.); Medicine, Nurse Anesthesia; Physician Assistant
Western University of Health SciencesAllied Health (Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy); Dentistry; Medicine; Nursing; Optometry; Pharmacy; Physician Assistant; Podiatry; Research; Veterinary Medicine
WV School of Osteopathic MedicineMedicine
Yale School of NursingNursing