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Premedicine Major
PreHealth Advising

Science and PreHealth Advising Center
East Wing, 225 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-865-7620

Prehealth and Health Professions Advising is available to any Penn State student who wants to explore, prepare, and apply for training in a health profession career.

Our office also provides health professions advising to any Penn State student who is interested in a career in a health profession, including medicine, podiatry, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and other allied health professions.

 

 

Goals

We want to assist students with understanding:

  • Information about health profession prerequisites and expectations.
  • The demands of a health professions degree.
  • The keys to being a successful health professional school applicant.
  • Relevant courses and experiences that strengthen their application.

 

 

 

Advising Services

Committee Letter

*Please wait until January 15, 2020 for information regarding applying for a committee letter. 

For instructions how to obtain a committee letter or to receive an updated committee letter, please go here: https://science.psu.edu/premed/applying-to-medical-school/committeeinfo

 

Personal Statement Reviews

*Please wait until further notice for information regarding the review of personal statements.

 

Check out our Other Group Advising Sessions below to see information on our Personal Statement Workshop on November 12!

 

For instructions how to write a personal statement, and how to get it reviewed by a prehealth adviser, please go here: http://sites.psu.edu/sciadvising/prehealth-advising/personalstatement/

Walk-in advising is reserved for brief concerns that will take no longer than 10 minutes. If it becomes evident that you have more extensive questions or concerns than you realized, you will be asked to schedule a regular advising appointment. Examples of walk-in items include:

  • Reviews of current courses scheduled.
  • Clarification on a specific health profession requirement.
  • Discussion of whom you will ask to write letters of recommendation.

 

Fall 2019 Walk-in Hours:

Walk-in Hours, September 2- December 13:

Walk-ins will be held during specified days and times. All other times will need to be scheduled through Starfish. Check in is at the computer kiosk in 225 Ritenour Building.

There will be walk-ins on the following days:

  • Mondays 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Fridays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Current students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

  1. Log into Starfish (starfish.psu.edu) and click on “Services.”
  2. Search for “PreMed and PreHealth Advising” using the small search box (top right-hand side). To find a specific advisor, use the search box to search by name.
  3. Click on the Schedule Appointment link in the service description or scroll down to find a specific advisor’s calendar under the Service Members listed. The Service Calendar (left-hand side) will show dates with scheduled appointment slots. Bold-face dates are ones with available appointment slots.
  4. Click the + icon next to your preferred appointment slot.
  5. Select a reason for the appointment.
  6. Type a detailed description for the meeting to help the advisor best prepare for the meeting.
  7. Once you create the appointment, Starfish will send you an email confirming the appointment as well as a reminder email closer to the appointment date. Your new appointment will appear in your Starfish “Dashboard.”

To cancel an appointment: Click the “X” in the upper right of the appointment block on your Dashboard. If you cancel, please do so in advance and provide reasons for why the appointment is being cancelled.

 

Alum or prospective students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

Please call our office at 814-865-7620. Same-day appointments will not be made. Plan to schedule appointments at least two weeks in advance.

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, our advisers offer a series of prehealth advising sessions. Students considering medical, dental, podiatry, and physician assistant professions must attend a Med Prep or PA Prep group advising session prior to meeting one-on-one with PreHealth Advising.

No registration is required.

Med Prep

First-year and sophomore students exploring medicine, dentistry, and podiatry will be familiarized with the coursework, experiences, and skills these health profession schools require of their applicants.

  • Thursday Sept. 5, 6 PM, 101 Thomas
  • Monday Oct. 14, 6 PM, 104 Thomas
  • Monday Nov. 11, 6 PM, 262 Willard

 

Medical Applicants

Junior and senior students applying for medical, dental, or podiatry school will be introduced to application timelines and strategies needed to compete successfully in the current application cycle.

  • Monday Oct. 21, 6 PM, 262 Willard

 

PA Prep

First-year and sophomore students exploring physician assistant careers will be familiarized with the coursework, experiences, and skills needed to successfully apply to physician assistant programs.

  • Tuesday Sept. 10, 6 PM, 112 Buckhout
  • Wednesday Nov. 6, 6 PM, 201 Thomas

 

PA Applicants

Junior and senior students applying for physician assistant programs will be introduced to application timelines and strategies needed to compete successfully in the current application cycle.

  • Monday Nov 4, 6 PM, 201 Thomas

Several sessions on special topics related to health professions are offered only once per semester or once per academic year. Topics may change from semester to semester.

 

Health Professional School Interviewing

Learn about different interview formats and practice your skills.

We recommend this workshop for those students who are planning to interview for health professional schools during this current interview cycle (Fall 2019 semester). We will host an additional meeting at the beginning of the Spring semester. 

  • Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in 112 Buckhout Lab

 

Personal Statement Workshop

Strategies and tips for statement prompts - bring your writing tools!

We recommend this workshop for those students who are currently beginning their process of applying to health professional schools.  

  • Tuesday, November 12 from 6:00 - 7:15 PM in 104 Thomas

 

Gap/Glide Year Seminar

Options for how to spend your time before starting a health professional program

  • Look for dates in the spring!

 

Post-bacc 101

Learn about post-graduate programs for academic enhancement toward health professional schools

  • Look for dates in the spring!

Contact us!

2nd Floor Ritenour, East Wing
Science Advising: 814-863-3889
PreHealth Advising: 814-865-7620