Advisors: Doug Martin, Matt Ansfield, Stefan Debbert, Elizabeth De Stasio (chair), Nancy Wall; Pre-Vet Advising: Judith Humphries
The Health Careers Advisory Committee works closely with students as they explore career options in health care delivery and as they prepare applications for professional school programs. Committee members assist and advise students planning careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and allied health professions such as genetic counseling, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, and nursing. Students should work directly with a member of the committee to talk about ways to explore health care career paths, including job shadowing, and to discuss sequencing of pre-requisite courses for greatest success. Later in the process, committee members provide guidance in the selection of schools, in developing applications, in the preparation for interviews and in planning for admissions testing.
Students who plan to attend medical school may concentrate in academic areas of their greatest interest while undertaking course work in the natural and social sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, as well as writing and thinking within the humanities. Members of the Health Careers Advisory Committee are available to help students select courses that will meet the requirements of medical and other professional schools and at the same time provide a broad liberal education. We urge students to meet with a committee member individually to discuss their curriculum at least once per year. Typical sets of pre-requisite courses for each career path within the health science may be found at our website.
Lawrence offers a number of programs designed to familiarize students with the nature of medical education and practice. These programs include workshops, discussions with local physicians and opportunities to observe, under the supervision of local practitioners, various aspects of the medical professions. The college is able to support healthcare-related experiences and training for students of limited means thanks to the Florence Kasel Testamentary Trust.
Interested students should view the resources on the Pre-Health Careers Advising website and the Career Community page for Health Care & Life Sciences for more information.