Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine students to intern with Eli Lilly and Company

INDIANAPOLIS, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Six students from the
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) are the first to be
chosen by Eli Lilly and Company to participate in a new internship program for
aspiring physicians. The Lilly Medical Student Intern Program, the second phase
of its medical student programs, offers opportunities for medical students
between their first and second years to work alongside health care professionals
in the pharmaceutical industry to gain scientific knowledge and experience in
several areas, including preclinical research, clinical trial development,
medical affairs, regulatory affairs, bio-ethics and patient safety.

The MU-COM students chosen for the internship are: John Braun, Emma Hegwood,
Mira McKary, Kelly Mullen, Kelly Prindle, and Joseph Stephens. McKary is also
the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship Lilly Endowment Community
Scholarship Program.

“As a Lilly research scholar, I am eager to gain the abstract applicative
medical and pharmaceutical knowledge that will help me enhance my skills as a
medical professional,” McKary, MU-COM student, said. “I aspire to dedicate my
life to serving and healing people, and my ability to do so will improve greatly
from being immersed in scientific research.”

The internship program is hosted at Eli Lilly and Company’s international
headquarters in Indianapolis. The osteopathic medical students will also work at
other health care facilities, including Elanco and Covance, providing
opportunities to interact with executives and summer interns at those companies.

“We see a great synergy in the making, as these students will have the
opportunity to obtain unique, real-world experiences in the realm of drug
discovery and development and the myriad of regulatory, legal and business
aspects of the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr. Bryan Larsen, Ph.D., associate
dean for biomedical sciences, MU-COM. “And Marian University will enjoy an
unprecedented opportunity to showcase some of its very promising student doctors
to the leaders of one of the most revered pharmaceutical companies in the

The 10-week internship program with MU-COM students, which will run from May
through August, matches interns with projects based on their skills and
interests. Experienced, knowledgeable mentors will help students gain hands-on
experience and explore diverse career options in healthcare.

“I am looking forward to learning and experiencing cutting edge research
techniques and practices from the best in the industry,” Braun, MU-COM student,
said. “The Eli Lilly internship is providing me the opportunity to help others
while satisfying my fascination with, and desire to, participate in bench and
clinical research. I also have desires to conduct my own clinical research as a
practicing physician, so this is an awesome way for me to learn from the best
bench and clinician researchers how to do that whole process.”

About Marian University Indianapolis
Marian University (, founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only
Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of
more than 2,700 through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the
Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana’s 31
independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities

Since 2001, Marian University has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose
vision and leadership are transforming the university. In 2013, Marian
University opened the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its
College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University has amassed 25 national
championships in cycling and in 2012 won the NAIA Football Championship.

About Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis recognizes
the power of the osteopathic medical philosophy, which treats the root cause of
illness, not just symptoms, and promotes a lifetime of wellness. The program
emphasizes osteopathic training in all areas of medicine, including primary
care, through lifelong learning and scholarly activity delivered by a dynamic
academic community.

Indiana’s newest medical school welcomed the first class of medical students in
August 2013 and combines the strengths of the osteopathic philosophy and Marian
University’s rich Catholic history, making it one of only five Catholic medical
schools, and the only Catholic osteopathic medical school in the nation.

The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine is a Catholic medical
institution built on the inspired vision and values of the Franciscan heritage,
and dedicated to preparing osteopathic physicians who are committed to the
complete healing of individuals’ bodies, minds, and spirits. The institution is
committed to serving the people of Indiana and to developing osteopathic
physicians through research, service, and teaching.

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