Make-A-List Monday: Pre-Medicine Majors and Med Students

A list of people who, at the time of their disappearances, were either actually in med school or studying pre-med at a college or university. I think pre-med is basically a lot of biology and chemistry and maybe math, I’m not sure. You don’t HAVE to major in that in order to get into medical school, but it certainly helps. Just studying that in college, though, even if you’re bright and you get good grades, is no guarantee you’ll be accepted to medical school. I have a relative who was a pre-med student and made a 4.0 or close to it, but I believe her MCAT scores weren’t good enough to be accepted anywhere. Last I heard she was thinking of becoming a nurse instead.

My psychiatrist told me once, “You are so brilliant. You could be a doctor.”
“I flunked basic chemistry,” I replied.
And he said, “Oh.”

Pre-Med Undergraduates
Colin W. Gillis (State University of New York at Brockport)
Donna Haghighat Jou (San Francisco State University)
Amber Lynn Wilde (University of Wisconsin at Green Bay)

An honorable mention is Cleashindra Denise Hall, who disappeared within days of her high school graduation and planned to study pre-med at Tennessee State University.

Med School Students
Kathleen Durst (Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University)
Brian Randall Shaffer (The College of Medicine at the Ohio State University)

8 thoughts on “Make-A-List Monday: Pre-Medicine Majors and Med Students

  1. Diane EA March 17, 2014 / 1:38 am

    So do you think the pressure is so great that some just cannot handle the pressure of family, and life long ambitions and commit suicide, or are you thinking of the possibility that someone has taken them for the reason that they are educated in the medical field? Either way that is an interesting look at a possible pattern.

  2. Kat March 17, 2014 / 7:21 am

    You are correct, it IS a lot of biology, chemistry, math, etc. my eldest girl is pre-med. Blows my mind what she has to do.

  3. aj March 17, 2014 / 10:13 am

    I am the same age as cleashindra and lived 2 hours away from where she vanished. Many parents were scared for their daughters and i have always prayed that one day she is returned to her family, alive or deceased so there is some closure. I have my college degree and my family. I only wish she could have had a chance for those things

  4. Angie March 17, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    In the vein of Amber Lynn Wilde’s case, have you ever noticed how many missing people went missing soon after car accidents? It seems like a way higher proportion than could be attributable to normal statistical distribution. Does that have to do with head injuries or something?

    • Meaghan March 18, 2014 / 4:31 pm

      That might be a good idea for a Make-a-List Monday. I just put up another post-car-crash disappearance today.

  5. David F March 19, 2014 / 9:30 am

    I have been following the Brian Shaffer case since he first went missing. I live a couple of miles from the OSU campus. It’s too bad that his father passed in such a freak accident, he was constantly working to keep Brian’s case in the media. I would love to see a break in his case.

    • Meaghan March 19, 2014 / 10:00 am

      My boyfriend has three OSU degrees and I attended, off and on, for years.

      Brian’s disappearance is quite mysterious. And he had such a promising future. His father, if I remember correctly, was killed when a tree limb fell on him during a storm.

  6. David F March 19, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    Yes, his father died when a tree limb fell on him in that freak wind storm. His girlfriend has since got married (I believe) and moved away from the Columbus area. His brother also does not live in the area.

    Also, I found this article from last week regarding Colin Gillis disappearance:
    Last week was the two year anniversary of when he went missing.
    I also found this FB page:
    I was reading some of the posts. Supposedly, he got into an argument of some kind at the party he attended the night he went missing. Some people speculate that this could be related to his case. Another very mysterious case.

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