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Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine


January 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. MST

Are you a prospective medical student interested in learning about what ICOM has to offer? Then join ICOM’s recruiter, Ellie Matthews, for a virtual info session!

These informational sessions are held Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. MST via WebEx. To join, visit the following link:

For more ICOM events, visit their website.

Test Perfect GRE/GMAT Info Session

You're invited to our first class free. Phil Hatch, the instructor, has scored perfect on the GRE, perfect on the LSAT, and 790 out of 800 on the GMAT. We'll explain what to expect on test day, how to prepare for the tests, and explain math, verbal, and strategy skills.

When: Thursday, January 28, 2021


GRE 5-7 p.m. MST

GMAT 7-9 p.m. MST

Registrants will receive a recorded version as well.

2021 Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Do you work with undergraduate students who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or public health?  If so, please encourage them to apply to the SHPEP at the University of Washington.  SHPEP is a free six–week academic enrichment program with a goal of increasing the number of students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds who pursue careers in the health professions.   SHPEP at the UW has had a very long and successful track record of helping thousands of students enter and graduate from health professions school.

Using a cohort approach, the program prepares students for academic success in their undergraduate and pre-professional studies by offering enrichment courses in biology, chemistry, biostatistics and population health. The program also focuses on the personal and professional development of participants by engaging them in explorations of their identity, culture, and strengths, and how to weave these into an individualized education plan. Participants have many opportunities to meet healthcare providers and researchers whose work addresses reducing health disparities. 

SHPEP at the University of Washington utilizes a range of teaching styles including lecture, active learning techniques, discussion groups, self-reflection and virtual hands-on activities to increase student engagement and learning. This year the program will be offered virtually. The program is free and students will receive $600 stipend for participating plus an additional $400 food allowance. The program will be held from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday through Friday which will allow students to engage in other activities in the afternoon.  The UW SHPEP will take place June 21-July 30, 2021. More information, including eligibility requirements and the online application, can be found at: or by contacting Nora Coronado (

Learn how to apply here.

Applications will close February 5, 2021.

Catalyst $100K Scholarship for Pre-Health Students

The Catalyst Scholarship offers up to $100,000 per student to support tuition and living expenses for graduate studies in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant programs, and veterinary studies. As graduate students, scholars will also receive mentorship, networking opportunities with healthcare leaders, and employment support through The Catalyst Scholars’ Leadership Development Program.

The application is open till March 15, 2021, and submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so early applications are highly encouraged. Current Juniors who are applying for graduate school next year to start their graduate studies in 2022 can now fill the pre-screen application.

Feel free to read the FAQ’s on the Catalyst Scholars website or reach out to if you have any additional questions.

Catalyst Scholars Flyer 2021

 The Pre-Health Professions advisors meets with students and assists them in preparing for and applying to professional schools in the following areas: dentistry, medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine and physician assistant studies. Students at all stages of their educational journey should meet with a Pre-Health Professions advisor. The Pre-Health Professions advisors monitors students' progress through their degree program, prerequisite courses, application procedures, and organize informational meetings, workshops, and guest speakers.

Physical Location: Beckley Nursing (Building #66), Room 307

Shanon Oler, MCoun, LPC

Academic Advisor and Recruiting Coordinator

(208) 282-2375

Advising Areas: Dental, Medical, Podiatry


Shanon Oler serves as the Pre-Health Advising & Recruitment Coordinator for Idaho State University’s Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is a native of southeastern Idaho. Shanon earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2013 and a Master of Counseling in Student Affairs in 2015, both from ISU. She has worked in multiple capacities as a Student Affairs professional including academic advising, teaching, and mental health and career counseling. Shanon loves working with college students and has a true passion for student development theory.

Alyssa St. John

Academic Advisor

(208) 282-4656

Advising Areas: Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy


Alyssa is an office specialist at Idaho State University in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences as well as advising pre-health students. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology from ISU in 2016.


Valentín García

Health Sciences Advisor

(208) 373-1830

Advising Areas: Optometry, Physician Assistant, Veterinary


Valentín García is a health sciences advisor for the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University. His office is located at ISU’s Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center in Meridian, Idaho. Valentín first joined ISU in 2016 as a financial technician and recruiter for the PA program. He coordinated activities and projects for a $1.1 million federal grant to increase recruitment and retention of ethnic, linguistically, and culturally diverse PA students. Valentín earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations from ISU in 2016.