Two Truman HES students, Mutiara Schlanker and Allison Oligschlaeger, have been awarded early acceptance into A.T. Still University via the Still Scholars program. This prestigious award eliminates the need for them to take the MCAT, and guarantees their acceptance into A.T. Still’s Medical School as long as they continue to demonstrate academic excellence and meet A.T. Still’s requirements.
Mutiara applied to the Still Scholars program a year late, as a Junior, however, because she will be staying a fifth year at Truman, she was still able to apply. Mutiara says that she decided to pursue medicine fairly late, and as such didn’t begin her shadowing until Spring and Summer of 2021. Due to the pandemic, she says shadowing here in Kirksville was nearly impossible. Instead, she worked in surrounding communities such as Laplata and Brookfield in order to achieve her shadowing requirements. She then worked all summer towards the application. She is so excited to have received early admission, stating this will allow her to continue to serve Kirksville and the surrounding communities, and says she cannot wait to someday serve as a physician in areas that need it most.
Allison, on the other hand, knew from very early on that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, and thought since 2019 that the Still Scholars program was the right fit for her. She states she is so excited to be able to finish her undergraduate degree with guidance from A.T. Still and without the stress of applying to multiple other schools or taking the MCAT. She says that she is now one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a physician, and she gets to do so all while continuing to live and serve in Kirksville.
The entire HES Department would like to congratulate Allison and Mutiara. We are so proud of them and wish them continued success.
Bellow: Mutiara Left; Allison Right