David Neal ‘12 is excelling in his preparation for a career in medicine. Neal graduated from TCU with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He earned Summa Cum Laude, departmental honors, and the Distinguished Student Award 2012. Neal’s undergraduate academic and extracurricular success continued as he entered medical school. He holds a 4.0 GPA, is tied for first in class rank, and will be graduating with an MD with Distinction in Research from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2016.
During his time at TCU, Neal was involved in activities such as the Chancellor’s Scholars program, Brothers Under Christ (BYX, a faith-based fraternity), TCU Ambassadors, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED, pre-health honor society) and the honors program through the John V. Roach Honors College. Neal led BYX as president of the organization and engaged the fraternity in philanthropy with groups such as Refugee Services of Texas and the American Cancer Society. TCU provided Neal with leadership and involvement opportunities both on campus and in the community, which helped prepare him for medical school as he learned time management skills and discovered his passions.
Neal’s extracurricular involvement within TCU and the local community helped pave the way for the planning of his future medical career, in addition to the Pre-Health Professions Institute and Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) advisors role. Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, Phil Hartman, served as Neal’s mentor, academic advisor and now Neal considers him a “dear friend.”
“[Hartman’s] passion for helping students fulfill their dreams is inspiring and laid the foundation for the TCU pre-health professions program. His accessibility and support were key in helping me achieve my goals,” Neal said. Neal feels that his mentors such as Hartman are the reason why he is where he is today.
The Pre-Health Professions Institute gave Neal the assurance that he was prepared for medical school and that he should continue to strive for a career in what he loves doing. “Upon graduation I had confidence that I had received an educational experience in pre-health that was second to none. This was confirmed in medical school where I was just as prepared for success as those in my class who had attended a wide variety of undergraduate institutions,” Neal said.
Not only was Neal assured that the Institute gave him the ability to succeed in medical school, but he received training that confirmed this assurance. “The pre-health program supported and guided me throughout my time at TCU. The program provided countless shadowing and medical volunteer opportunities, reinforced medicine as a career choice, and positioned me to go to a top medical school,” Neal said.
This summer Neal will begin residency in orthopaedic surgery, and ultimately wants to become a practicing pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in the DFW area. He also hopes to be involved with the new TCU/UNTHSC medical school in the future.
“TCU is an outstanding choice for collegiate pre-health training. I firmly believe that TCU pre-health is one of the premier programs in the country. I have interacted with students from schools around the country including the Ivy League and have yet to find anyone with a more personalized and outstanding undergraduate experience.”
The Pre-Health Professions Institute is open to all students thinking about attending medical school and hoping to excel in a career in medicine.