Dr. Mary Lou Caspers Faculty in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Discusses Courses, Student Organizations and More!

Pre-Health Advisor Carmen Gamlin had the opportunity to speak with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty, Mary Lou Caspers, Ph.D. Dr. Caspers discusses the courses she teach at Detroit Mercy and key characteristics of a Pre-Health student. Interesting to note, Dr. Mary Lou Caspers is an alum of the University. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Detroit Mercy (formerly known as University of Detroit). Not only does Dr. Caspers serve as a faculty at Detroit Mercy she also serves as an advisor for The Pre-Med Club!



  1. Dr. Caspers, you have been providing scientific instruction and mentorship for the College of Engineering and Science for some time. Please share what courses you instruct this academic year.
  2. There may be many ways that you engage pre-health students while they study here at the University. I hear alumni fondly share how you have inspired them. Would you contrast your relationship with a student in your class versus one in a student organization that you advise?
  3. I think the vantage point of science faculty is quite valuable. Please share what you have seen as attributes of a successful pre-graduate school/ pre-health student.

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Dr. Amy Bauer, DVM Discusses New Role at Detroit Mercy in Relation to Pre-Health

Dr. Amy Bauer, DVM Ph.D. is a new faculty here at Detroit Mercy working in the Biology Department. She is also a practicing veterinarian and researcher. Dr. Bauer teaches Comparative Anatomy at Detroit Mercy to many of our Pre-Health students. She sat down with Pre-Health Advisor Carmen Gamlin to discuss skills pre-health Titans will gain from her class!


  1. You are new faculty person here at the University of Detroit Mercy. What are you teaching?
  2. Many of our science majors are pre-health students. What are some skills that students develop in your course(s) that will help them in graduate school?
  3. In addition to instructing courses, what else do you do in the community that you can share with the pre-health students?
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Dr. Victor Carmona Chats about Sabbaticals and Research

Pre-Health Advisor Carmen Gamlin had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Victor Carmona, Professor of Biology & Director of Sustainability at the University of Detroit Mercy about his time on Sabbatical and about his research endeavors.


  1. I always say that we only know what we have been exposed to . So I think that students would like to know about what a sabbatical is.
  2. So you went on a sabbatical that is research based. What can you share?
  3. What are some of the research activities that you do with undergraduates here at the University of Detroit Mercy?


Learn more about Dr. Carmona’s Research here!

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This Fall will be amazing Pre-Health Titans!

It is an honor to serve as the Pre-Health Advisor for the University of Detroit Mercy in my hometown. Working with Pre-Health Titans who will launch their careers in healthcare requires engagement on campus, in our communities, in industry and now more than ever online. Students have returned to campus with their peers and mentors for instruction however, they do need to network and learn effectively in virtual spaces.

Fall 2021 will require a new flexible skill set in all areas. Pre-Health Titans will have

  • in person and online classes
  • shadowing in person and on line
  • student orgs collaborate both in person and online
  • Virtual Fairs and Information Sessions
  • For some hard working Titans, acceptance to graduate schools after a busy online application & interview cycles

I am looking forward to engaging Pre-Health Titans individually, drop-in TEAMS advising, and with with Weekly Wednesday Workshops at 1:00.

  1. September 1st Freshmen and New Student Pre-Health – 5 Things you should know
  2. September 8th Preparing for Virtual Pre-Health Events Freshmen – Alumni – How to engage before and after Virtual Fairs, Info Session etc.
  3. September 15th Transfer Credit for Pre-Health – AP. Dual Enrollment, Early College, Summer courses.
  4. September 22nd How to use Social Media for Pre-Health – Your grad programs have a social media presence
  5. September 29th You will need Letters from Faculty as a Freshman / Sophomore / Junior & Alum – What types of letters are there and how does this work?
  6. October 6th The Benefit of Student Orgs on Graduate School Applications – Why they are helpful and what other options do you have?
  7. October 13th Who Do You Need to Engage? – Stepping out of your comfort zone as a Pre-Health Student
  8. October 20th LinkedIn Profile Creation – Mechanics of a pre-health LinkedIn Profile for Freshmen – Alumni
  9. October 27th Connecting with Titan Alumni in your Career Field with LinkedIn – Connecting for Informational Interviews and virtual shadowing.
  10. November 3rd To Research or not to Research – What is your ideal balance of activities?
  11. November 10 How Minors Impact Graduate School Applications – This reviews how minors can make a huge impact or not at all
  12. November 17 The Art of Thank You Letters for Pre-Health Students – Thank you letters are a smart way of engaging your network

No worries if you miss a workshop. Titans will have recordings on the Friday Sway Newsletters.

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DO and DO/PhD with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Detroit Mercy Pre-Health Advising Presents:

We need more Physician Scientists!

Information Session with MSUCOM DO and DO/PhD

  • Admission Representative, Craig Boyd from the MSUCOM DMC Site 
  • Hosted by ReBUILDetroit student Adrian Arrington
  • Brian Schutte, PhD Co-Director of MSUCOM DO/PhD Program
  • Michelle Volker, Academic Program Coordinator, CHRS CFMLAS
  • Alex Moauro DO-PhD Class of 2024, Regis University, 2015
  • Erika Arno, DO-PhD Class of 2024, University of Scranton, 2016

Representatives from the MSUCOM DO/PhD program presented on the application process, timeline and support for their bustling Physician Scientist program. The Co-Director and the 2 student DO-PhD representatives were all from Jesuit Colleges and Universities!

Why do we need DO-PhD physician-scientists?

  • The physician-scientist population in the U.S. is smaller and older than it was 25 years ago
  • There is a current critical shortage of physician-scientists
  • The physician-scientist is a vital member of the medical research community
  • The physician-scientist can collaborate with both Ph.D. scientists and health care providers
  • Scientific questions the physician-scientist asks reflect their experiences with patient care.

Incentives to pursue a DO-PhD degree

  • Reward of translating scientific research into patient therapy
  • Finding an answer to a medical puzzle
  • Being on the cutting edge of science in finding new therapies and/or disease cures
  • Receiving stipends and significant tuition reductions

MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students have three great options for completing their first two years of medical school. Whether you decide to study at the Detroit Medical Center site, on the MSU campus in East Lansing or at the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, you’ll get the same exceptional preclinical experience. One campus, three sites. Learn more about MSUCOM’s  3 sites: https://youtu.be/CVy6bKVuAg0

If you are in need of pre-health advising and plan to be a University of Detroit Mercy student then schedule an appointment with Carmen Gamlin via https://calendly.com/prehealthadvisor

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AAMC 2021 Virtual Medical School Fair

Attend the AAMC Virtual Fair!

Strategies and Resources for Minority Premeds and Applicants

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
11 A.M. – 4 P.M. ET

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) invites you to attend Strategies and Resources for Minority Premeds and Applicants on Tuesday, September 21st from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. ET.

Aspiring physicians in all stages of their pre-health journey are invited to this virtual fair. Experts will provide tips and resources for attendees who self-identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, high school students, or prospective applicants in the current or upcoming admission cycles. Chat with medical school admissions and diversity affairs officers from institutions across the U.S. and Canada to answer your questions.

All aspiring medical students are welcome to participate.

  • Meet admissions and diversity affairs officers from U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
  • Receive 15% off a subscription to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®) website.
  • View live panel discussions and participate in Q&A sessions specially created for racial and ethnic minority audiences.
  • Learn about applying to medical school, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), MCAT®, and other AAMC services.
  • Chat with current medical students and ask questions in our Medical Student Lounge.

Contact virtualfair@aamc.org.

If you are a Pre-Health Titan that needs to prepare for Virtual Events such as Fairs and Information Sessions, then contact Carmen Gamlin, Pre-Health Advisor.

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Dr. Stephanie Conant discusses her research and SEA PHAGES, a Freshman research opportunity at the University of Detroit Mercy

Students think that research is if you don’t get it right then you’re doing it wrong and that’s absolutely not it. Actually, you have to fail a lot before you get it right. So it’s really about learning how to problem solve and figure out what went wrong so it doesn’t go wrong next time.

Pre-Health Advisor interviewed University of Detroit Mercy Biology Department Chair and Professor Dr. Stephanie Conant to discuss her research and research opportunity for freshman Titans! In addition to being Department Chair, Professor and Advisor, Dr. Conant is also an Immunologist, with an extensive research background in how the immune system works!


1. Dr. Conant, you wear a lot of hats here at the University of Detroit Mercy, Professor, Department Chair, Academic Advisor to name a few. However, today I want to ask you about your role as a researcher. Perhaps you could share with our undergraduate Titans what you do in this research lab.

I did really focus on cells of humans and how they react in an immunological way. How do they react to a threat of an infection? What kind of proteins do they make and when do they make those? What kinds of stimulus do they need in order to trigger that?…I’ve migrated into cell regulation fields now, and collaborate  with Dr. Kagey in the department to look more at cancer cell regulation…What happens in cancer cells that triggers them to multiply and divide uncontrollably, which is what happens during a tumor


So the focus of my research lab, outside of the classroom is looking at those cell cycle regulators. What proteins are involved in making sure cells quit dividing when they’re suppose to and even die when they’re supposed to…instead of taking off and crowding out other cells or generating cancers, tumors, so we’re looking at some of the proteins involved in that.

2. You not only work with undergraduate student researchers but you have a program specifically for freshmen. Please share. 

We give research experiences in the classroom so that students can learn how to do laboratory techniques, how they can do experiments, how they collect data, and really learn about what we call the research frame of mind which is fail, try again…They learn to be a critical thinker, analyze data, figure out how it fits into the bigger scheme of things and be part of something bigger than just UDM.

It’s a program that’s sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute or HHMI, it’s called SEA Phages which the SEA stands for Science Education Alliance, Phages stands for…phage hunters and genomics; it’s looking at identifying new bacteriophage which are viruses that infect bacteria…looking at their specific genetics, we annotate their genomes.

The coolest thing (I think) about being in a freshman lab when we get to do a research experience like this is no experience is needed…We will teach you everything you need to know to go through this program, to do these experiments and to do this research project.

You come out of it with isolating your own phage that you brought in from a soil sample…You get to name it, upload it to a central database that is a consortium of over 120 different schools around the world… you really get to learn something that you have discovered and have contributed to a bigger story.

3. How should interested students inquire about this potential research opportunity?

The space in the lab is somewhat limited but I have emailed every incoming freshmen and said, if you’re interested in this experience, please let me know…you can also go on the UDM website and search SEA PHAGE, it’ll take you right to the SEA Phage HHMI page for UDM.


Learn more about the SEA-PHAGES Courses Dr. Stephanie Conant teach here!

Learn more about Dr. Conant’s Research and Teaching Experience Here!

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Dr. Stokes Baker Discusses His Course, Biostatistics and Research Focus

Pre-Health Advisor Carmen Gamlin had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Stokes Baker on his research focus, specific Biology courses he teach as well as his joy for teaching Detroit Mercy Titans! Dr. Stokes Baker has been a Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy for almost 29 years and continues to engage students in teaching as well as research.

  1. Among many subjects that you teach, Dr. Baker, what is Bio-Stats and why is it so common for all Pre-Health students to take? 

If you’re a healthcare provider, we’re expecting you to be able to read the primary literature and to understand experiments and your profession….Now why do we teach our version of statistics in the Biology Department and they call it Bio-Statistics and the reason for that is that Undergraduate statistics you can’t cover everything in the one semester course. And the sort of topics that you would cover in the psychology department or the Business School would be different that what we cover in the sciences.

For example, I talk about a phenomenon known as predictive value, which is how reliable is a diagnostic test. Now that’s not the same thing as sensitivity…You’re asking about the reliability for individual that determines how you present data results to your patients. Do you tell them that if they have a positive test that they’re really sick. Or do you tell them that we have to follow up…To do that with both earnestness and sophistication, (you) have to understand statistics behind the analysis, so that’s why we do Biostatistics.

2. I hear that you have some pretty interesting research that you do. Could you share? 

I’m an unusual Doc in the fact that I’m a Plant Molecular Biologist by training, but I don’t teach botany nor molecular biology. I teach statistics and ecology. So to make my teaching and my research line up, I use molecular tools to ask ecological questions…I do this in a couple of different ways. I teach a course called applied metagenomics where we’re using next generation sequencing technology to ask ecological questions and this is a course where the students actually do real research and then we have the students actually publish their results in peer review literature.

The other area of research I work with is a high yield plant called duckweed. It’s an aquatic plant and tiny…We’re asking how this particular plant is able to remediate water pollution using plant microbe interactions.

3. What do you love about teaching Detroit Mercy Titans?

I purposely decided as a grad student, once I saw they way research universities runs that I want that life. I actually wanted to be around people where I’m helping people, not just banging out research results. (Also) I hate to say it now that I’m over 60 I like being around young people…I’m young at heart so I guess that’s why I teach students first.



Learn more about Dr. Baker’s research interest and teaching experience here!

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2021 Michigan Medical Education Day-REGISTER TODAY!

Pre-Med Students:

Registration for the 2021 Michigan Medical Education Day is NOW OPEN!  Michigan Medical Education is a statewide event designed to educate pre-med students about the medical school application process.  The 2021 event will be held VIRTUALLY on Saturday, September 18th from 10am – 1pm EST.  Please see below for a more detailed schedule.  All sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the MMED website.  The link to register can be found at the bottom of this message.  We hope to see you there.



10am – Welcome & Medical School Application Overview

11am – Michigan Medical Schools Panel (moderated Q&A panel)

12pm – Breakout Sessions: each student should plan to attend one of the options (descriptions can be found on the registration form linked below)

  1. Virtual Interviews

  2. AAMC Core Competencies

  3. Verified…Now What?

  4. The Pathways to Medical School


**Please note: 10 minute breaks will occur in between each session.

Confirmation emails will be sent to students within a few days of completed registration.  Please be sure to enter the correct email address to ensure delivery.  The deadline to register is September 13th, 2021.

2021 MMED Registration Link

If you are a Pre-Health Titan that needs to prepare for Virtual Events such as Fairs and Information Sessions, then contact Carmen Gamlin, Pre-Health Advisor.

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Detroit Mercy Alum, Diana McMahon reflects on her time as an undergrad and pre-health journey as a Mercy Volunteer Corps participant

There should be no hierarchy in service…You’re along with that person and you have something to learn from that person that you’re helping, and they’re helping you just as much. So I think that was a really key takeaway for me that I really appreciated.

Detroit Mercy Pre-Health Advisor, Carmen Gamlin had the opportunity to interview a recent Alum, Diana McMahon who recalls her time at the University and how that lead her to join the Mercy Volunteer Corp. Here are the highlights from their interview.

1. You were very active as a University of Detroit Mercy undergraduate. What are key activities that you did beyond academics that helped you in your pre-med journey?

One of the first organizations I found on campus was Campus Kitchen…Through that, I really was able to develop leadership skills…I learned about food insecurity and that is an issue that a lot of my future patients will probably face so I think its important to be knowledgeable about that and how we can address that.

Another thing that I did in college was volunteer at Henry Ford Hospital…I started out as a patient ambassador in the transplant units and then I transitioned into helping out the lactation department. With the lactation consultants, I assembled breast feeding kits and made packets for new mothers to learn about breastfeeding and all the benefits as it is so helpful for infants…I think this also helped me learn about cultural competence in medicine.

Probably the biggest highlights I would say of my undergrad career was the ReBuilDetroit Research Program. I was in this all four years and to start college I went through a summer enrichment program through ReBuilDetroit and I got to meet friends and I felt way more comfortable going into college, which I think helped me be more confident in general and then just the research experience itself was so influential. I think the critical thinking skills I came away with were so helpful in looking at my course work and having some contacts. Also, just my mentor, Dr. Finkel, He was just such an advocate for me throughout college.

I was also a RA and this was great. Being RA is a lot of work, but it’ such a great opportunity to get to know people on campus…I felt like I made a family and also learned a lot of life skills. There were definitely some situations that needed sensitive communication and maturity and so I think I definitely developed my interpersonal skills through being an RA.

2. Diana, Do you think your pre-health journey is different because you attended Detroit Mercy which is both a Jesuit and Mercy institution?

I definitely would say so…I’m not Catholic but I really identify with both Jesuit and Mercy values…I didn’t really know anything about Jesuit or Mercy Education before beginning at Detroit Mercy. I really went to Detroit Mercy for the ReBuilDetroit program.

I learned the values that the college has and some of those I found out were the community engagement and involvement.

I think coming away from undergrad I really saw that my values aligned with those and so I wanted to continue that. I think that’s what drew me to the Mercy Volunteer Corp is being able to continue learning about those values.

3. Please share what Mercy Volunteer Corps is and what you have gotten out of it.

It’s an organization through the Sisters of Mercy and it tends to be a gap year for people but people of all ages can totally do it.

Through this year of service you are placed at a placement site…at these placement sites there’s a house there of all other volunteers through MVC and you either are placed in an educational setting, a social service or healthcare depending on your interest.

For me, it was really important that I did something in healthcare related and got some more public health and community health knowledge before starting medical school…I think it can be really helpful and useful and transformative for a lot of people.

4. What is the support like to be in Mercy Volunteer Corps?

This year I have felt so supported in my house in Savannah. I live with two other women who are also Mercy Volunteers…Outside of my home, at my worksite at the clinic, I work with an awesome team of women. It’s all women providers and nurses at the clinic and they have really supported me in my personal life [and professional life].

[As for Financial Support] MVC provides you with a stipend. The stipend is broken up into food, gas ans then personal stipend…The food and gas budgets for each person is [about] $125 per month…The personal stipend is $100 per month.

As for my living situation, MVC provides a house in each city for volunteers to share. So I live in a house and I have my own bedroom, both my roommates have their own room…We have two cars for the three of us to share.

5. Is there anything else that you wish you would have known as an undergrad?

I think a big thing for me when I look back is that starting undergrad, I thought everything needed to be perfectly fit into the box of healthcare; all of my activities and all of my work needed to be aligned with that…You want obviously healthcare experience, but you should definitely pursue other interest and try to make yourself more well rounded.

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