Pre-Health Advising

Your CLA Pre­-Health Professions Team

Building your CLA pre-health professions team is a bit like managing your own personal health. There are professionals available for advice and consultation, but you decide what experiences and background is most important to you based upon your goals and priorities.

Your CLA College Advisor – “Your Primary Care Advisor”

  • One­-on-one appointments to talk about your goals, plans, and interests
  • Exploration of major and professional choices
  • Personalized assistance in course and degree planning, blending major and pre­health requirements
  • Professional guidance in arranging your 4­-year plan to incorporate the elements that are important to you
  • Continuity of advising throughout your undergraduate experience, whether your interests change or remain the same
  • Knowledgeable referrals to important resources

CLA Career Services – “Your Major, Job, and Internship Specialist”

  • Resources for major exploration in CLA
  • Resume and personal statement reviews
  • Internship, employment, and networking resources
  • One­-on-one appointments to discuss primary and parallel career plans
  • Entrance exam preparation (GRE, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, etc.)
  • Planning for a “gap” or “bridge” year
  • In-person interview preparation and practice

Health Careers Center – “Your U of M Health Professions Information Specialist”

  • Comprehensive health professions information
  • Staffed by career coaches and health professionals
  • Health Career exploration courses (for credit)
  • Health Career online workshops with Action Plans and one on one coaching sessions
  • Extensive web resources for exploring careers, gaining experience and preparing for a health profession
  • Annual Health Careers Fair and other special events
  • In-person information sessions for U of M professional programs

Your Responsibilities –­ “Building Your Unique Portfolio”

  • Join meaningful student organizations
  • Volunteer where it matters to you
  • Build relationships with professional and faculty mentors
  • Connect to research projects that make you wonder
  • Gain experience related to your intended profession  
  • Research to find programs that match your profile and personal goals