Millsaps College medical school admission rates are double the national average. Our rigorous curriculum and small class sizes allow for close professor/student interactions, and prepare you for admittance into medical, dental, and pharmacy schools as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and other medically-related programs. A pre-health Advisory Committee guides you, sponsors seminars with key personnel from the health-related schools, provides mock interviews, and much more. The pre-health honorary, Alpha Epsilon Delta, also sponsors programs with admissions officers and practitioners in these fields. Also helpful is the Medical Mentoring Program at Millsaps, that pairs you with medical professionals, many of whom are Millsaps alumni, for a semester-long experience. 

Your Guaranteed Pathway to Medical School

Millsaps offers outstanding pre-medical students an opportunity for guaranteed admission to William Carey University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Learn more about osteopathic medicine.

Qualified students are admitted into the program as they enter their freshman college year out of high school, and they must meet the specific conditions outlined below throughout their time at Millsaps College. Students apply for the program through the admissions office of Millsaps College. For more information, contact the director of pre-health sciences, Professor Kurt Thaw.

  • Melissa Lea

    Melissa A. Lea

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience



    B.S., University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., Miami University

    Dr. Melissa Lea is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies program at Millsaps College. She earned her B.S. in cognitive science from the University of Michigan—Flint in 1999 and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology/science from Miami University in 2005. Her areas of expertise are in face perception and categorization. While at Millsaps Lea has branched out and has been studying food perception and food behaviors that lead to eating disorders, as well as how social roles influence team cohesion in athletics.

  • A. Kurt Thaw

    A. Kurt Thaw

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
    Pre-Health Advisor



    B.S., Georgia Southern University; M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University

    "As someone trained as a behavioral neuroscientist, I often am asked why I teach in a Psychology Department.

    "The answer to that question is straightforward: The connection between our brain and our behavior is something that can be assessed in a variety of ways. Having previously worked in both physiological research facilities as well as behavioral research programs my preference is to examine behaviors directly. Psychology focuses on behavior so it is a natural fit for my interests.

    "Working within the area of psychology we can address specific behavioral questions such as: 'What leads to hunger and satiation? Are drug addictions just bad choices or are these behaviors governed by neurological changes? How does learning occur and how can you measure it? Are the brains of men and women different with respect to how they respond to sex?'

    "My classes focus on measurable behaviors and the underlying brain areas that regulate and modify such behaviors. By looking at both the neural substrates as well as accompanying overt behavior, students can make the direct connection between what they do and how the brain is controlling it all. Our students end up in a variety of professions (physicians, clinical psychologists, physical therapists, neuroscientists, etc) and having an understanding of how the body and brain work together is an integral part of their education and servers them well in any field of study they pursue."