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Important: COVID-19 advising updates

Remote advising and contact info expanding section

The Academic Advising Center & Career Services Office (which Pre-Health Center is apart of) will no longer be conducting in-person appointments as of March 18, 2020. Instead we will be offering virtual appointments via phone, e-mail, or video chat Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please note that due to the constantly evolving circumstances, it may take longer than normal to hear back, and we will be updating our websites as things progress. 

Making Appointments

If you are assigned to an academic advisor in our office, you can make your appointment online through Navigate, e-mail your advisor, or e-mail advising@uwlax.edu. If you are not assigned to be advised in our office, you can make an appointment by e-mailing advising@uwlax.edu. To make an appointment for career advising, you can do so online through Navigate or by e-mailing career@uwlax.edu.

If you have questions about anything, reach out to Josh Bench - prehealth@uwlax.edu 

Last Updated: 4/13/20 at 7:45 a.m.

UWL's COVID-19 FAQ page expanding section

For the most up to date campus information, go to UWL's COVID-19 FAQ page

COVID-19 updates by profession expanding section

Go here for updates organized by professional path (pre-med, pre-PA, etc.). 

Year 1 - Exploration and adjustment expanding section
  • Meet with your assigned advisors and if you want additional perspectives, reach out to the Pre-Health Student Resource Center and/or the Academic Advising Center 
  • Attend events to explore careers, majors, and possible involvement opportunities 
  • Join a student organization that interests you, pre-health or otherwise 
  • Work hard in your classes and maintain a high GPA, and gain experience as able 
  • Consider enrolling in Introduction to Health Professions, HP 106 
Year 2 - Preparation and acceleration expanding section
  • Continue with previous commitments, plus anything you missed from Year 1 – it’s still a good time to join a student organization, for example 
  • Meet with a pre-health advisor in the Pre-Health Center 
  • Begin a rough plan of your next few years of coursework, if possible 
  • Develop alternative plans – what else would you be interested in doing if your main plan doesn’t work out? 
  • Do a job shadow or informational interview – reach out to your “network”, and see an advisor for help 
  • Start gathering information on programs you may apply to - this is often best done in a spreadsheet format
  • Talk with professors in their office hours to develop relationships 
  • Start tracking your experiences – it’s a good idea to also keep a journal of what you have learned 
Year 3 - Application and continuation expanding section
  • Deepen your involvement - take student leadership positions that make sense for you
  • Strengthen your relationships with professors, advisors, and people you have met in the profession - a simple email update is sometimes appreciated
  • Do not lose focus on maintaining strong grades
  • See Pre-Health Center's information on applying with confidence!
Year 4 - Interviews and consideration of next steps expanding section
  • Attend an interview workshop in the fall semester (these are usually coordinated by and marketed to specific pre-health student clubs such as pre-med, pre-PA, etc.)
  • If you get an interview offer, make an appointment with a career advisor for interview practice  
  • If you don’t get an interview offer or acceptance letter, consider the alternative options you explored in Years 2 and 3, and/or look into gap year plans, with the intention of applying again