The Pre-Health Professions Advisor provides career education/advising to pre-health interested students and alumni from all academic majors. Services include helping students understand and assess their interests and aptitude relative to a health professions career, major exploration, course recommendations, suggestions for gaining relevant experience, and support with the professional school application process. The Pre-Health Professions Advisor reports to the Student Success Coordinator.
• Providing individual advising, mentoring, and coaching for students on health profession career-related topics in person, by phone, email, and through Zoom/videoconferencing.
• Designing, organizing, and delivering group advising sessions/workshops and orientation programming targeted at pre-health students in various stages of the pre-health exploration and application process.
• Communicating detailed information to pre-health students in a timely manner.
• Helping students identify and sequence appropriate prerequisite courses.
• Providing guidance in finding clinical, volunteer and leadership experience.
• Assisting students with the application process, including selecting schools, timing their applications, writing personal statements, preparing primary and secondary applications/essays, and preparing for interviews, in collaboration with Career Services.
• Guiding students in selecting academic majors that align with their parallel plan, assessing their academic abilities, and examining alternative careers.
• Serving as staff advisor to pre-health student organizations, as deemed appropriate per targeted student populations, by mentoring officers and assisting in planning events.
• Participating in pre-health recruiting and marketing efforts on U of I campus, including email and/or phone correspondence and on-campus meetings with prospective students and parents.
• Representing the Pre-Health Professions Program at on-campus and regional, off-campus recruiting events as deemed necessary by supervisor or Director of Student Success Initiatives as budget allows.
• Facilitating information sessions for professionals from regional health professions schools that are of high interest to U of I students.
• Assisting with the awarding of Pre-Health/Pre-Med scholarships.
• Maintaining an accurate record of current health professions students and alumni.
• Monitoring success of graduates in admission to professional and graduate schools.
• Building and maintaining professional knowledge in each health professions field, including relevant admission standards and policies, by studying program websites and reading latest monographs and articles about current issues in pre-health professions advising and related topics.
• Maintaining membership in NAAHP professional association.
• Maintaining membership in UIACADA and WAAHP professional associations, as budget allows.
• Maintaining professional networks on- and off-campus.
• Attending professional conferences (WAAHP, NAAHP), as budget allows.
• Actively participating in University Advising Services meetings, trainings, and orientations.
• Collaborating with student organizations, student support services, Career Services, professional schools, faculty, department heads, and staff members in support of student success initiatives.
• Providing excellent customer support to internal and external parties.
• Supporting cross-area work efforts during recruitment and retention event activities.
• Serving as a back-up academic advisor as needed during peak advising times or staff transition.
• Completing other duties as assigned by Director of Student Success Initiatives or Student Success Coordinator.
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