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pre-health professions ADVISING

The Health Professions Advising Committee at Ursinus serves all students interested in pursuing careers in the health care field. The committee serves students interested in, but not limited to, medical school (allopathic and osteopathic), dental school, veterinary school, optometry school, and physician assistant programs. The Co-Chairs of the committee serve as advisors for all students, hold group meetings, and organize speakers.

Advising begins as soon as you arrive at Ursinus, with an information session during the first week of school about preparing for a career in health care at Ursinus. Advising continues in the spring with small group meetings with first-year students and the Co-Chairs. During the second year, informal meetings are conducted to answer any questions students have about applying for medical school. In addition, assistance is provided to help students find experiences that can fulfill both their Independent Learning Experience requirement and better prepare them for their career.

At the beginning of the junior year, students are assigned an adviser from the committee. Advisers assist in revising personal statements, team up to provide "practice" interviews for students about to apply, and write up composite recommendation letters to send to medical schools--letters that are increasingly rare because of the time and care required to craft persuasive and informative letters, and which give Ursinus applicants an advantage over other applicants. Students continue to receive support throughout the application process, including mock interview preparation.

health professions advising committee

Chair: Ellen Dawley, Professor of Biology, and Co-Coordinator, Carla Rinde, Director of Career and professional Development

Beth Bailey, Associate Professor of Biology
Joel Bish, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Dale Cameron, Assistant Professor of Biology
Rebecca Lyczak, Associate Professor of Biology
Charles Rice, Chaplain

Peter Small, Professor of Biology
Kelly Sorensen, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Early Assurance Program with Drexel University School of Medicine

The Early Assurance Program enables students who are dedicated to a career in medicine to gain assurance of a future place at the Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine). Early assurance enables these unusually talented and committed students an extra degree of freedom in their four year, undergraduate Ursinus experience as they:  1) explore course offerings across the liberal arts and
2) pursue their own distinctive interests and capacities. DETAILS>