Joshua Ellwitz, '01; MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

AU prepared me for medical school and a lifetime of learning.  The most important skills learned in undergraduate courses are the processes of learning and performing research.  The facts or details change over time but having the ability to synthesize information is most useful.

Why did you choose Ashland University for your pre-professional program?
 I was recruited to play soccer and Ashland had the strongest chemistry and biology programs of the schools I was considering.

Where did you complete your graduate program?
Medical College of Wisconsin

How did your pre-professional program help prepare you for your graduate program?
I felt very comfortable preparing for and taking the MCAT after completing my core science courses at AU.

What did you like most about your pre-professional program (certain classes, research, faculty, etc.)?
I found the faculty’s commitment to the students and their genuine interest in our success to be most beneficial.

How did Ashland University help you when searching for and applying to graduate schools?
The professors I chose to write my letters of recommendation were able to provide more comprehensive and personal evaluations and recommendations as they knew me on a personal level and I wasn’t just a number from one of their classes.

What type of work are you doing in your current position?
I am currently practicing orthopaedics in Kalamazoo, MI with a focus on spine and orthopaedic trauma.

Were you involved in research as an undergrad at Ashland? If so, what kind, and how did it prepare you for graduate school and for your career?
I did a basic science research project with honors thesis in both chemistry and biology.  It was the thought process that best prepared me for my future career.

How satisfied are you with your overall pre-professional program experience at Ashland University?
I am very satisfied with my undergraduate education and believe it was instrumental in me achieving my career goals.

What would you tell a prospective or current student about the pre-professional programs at Ashland University?
I would recommend making relationships with your professors because they are an excellent resource and a great source of support both during undergraduate courses and after graduation.