Sixteen students were welcomed as the fourth Yours to Lose – Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program cohort during a ceremony held Aug. 15 at Missouri Southern State University.

Established in 2017, the exclusive, one-of-a-kind partnership with KCU allows a select group of Missouri Southern students to be admitted to the Joplin medical school at the same time they are accepted to MSSU.

As pre-med students, they will obtain their bachelor’s degree in biology during an accelerated, three-year course of study before making a seamless transition into medical school. The program does not require them to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

During the ceremony, students participated in a formal signing and were presented with green coats – symbolic of the start of their journey as future physicians.

“Completing a stimulating premedical program in just three short years is not easy,” said Dr. Marsi Archer, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “It requires intelligence, hard work, time management, grit and determination, but we have complete confidence in you.

“Not only in your abilities to survive and thrive in your undergraduate studies, but also to succeed in medical school and to become productive doctors who will go out and serve your communities.”

The students welcomed into the new cohort were:

Salma Alkhatib, Bentonville, Ark.

Simran Anis, Joplin, Mo.

Aarib Azeem, Edmond, Okla.

Madison Ditzler, Neosho, Mo.

Brooklyn Duncan, Mount Vernon, Mo.

Mohnish Govardhan, Mooresville, N.C.

Delaney Hirst, Smithville, Mo.

Colby Jerome, Mannford, Okla.

Taylor Jones, Joplin, Mo.

Carrine Kogulan, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Sanjana Mazumdar, Frisco, Texas

Premsai Mohan, Henrico, Va.

Uyentam Nguyen, Fenton, Mo.

Philip Sheridan West Plains, Mo.

Talyn Smith, Webb City, Mo.

Sanjana Tatikonda, Saint Louis, Mo.
Green Coat Ceremony Fall 2020