Medical Professions Advising

Medical Professions Advising Office

Welcome to the Wellesley College Medical Professions Advising Office website. The college is pleased to offer advising services in two different locations for students interested in the health professions. Both offices support Wellesley undergraduates and graduates.

1. Medical Professions Advising Office 2. Center for Work and Service
The Medical Professions Advising Office (MPAO), located in the Science Center, provides support to students interested in pursuing a career in the following medical professions: dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. The Director of Medical Professions Advising is Lynn White, MD, who can be reached at
To schedule an appointment, go to:
The Center for Work and Service (CWS), located in Green Hall, is available to students interested in exploring other health professions, including, but not limited to, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant programs, and public health. We encourage you to contact Rocío Garza Tisdell ’07, Assistant Director of Internships, at

The Medical Professions Advising Office

The Medical Professions Advising Office (MPAO) will support you by providing advice and assistance as you explore, define, and pursue your area of interest in the medical professions. Through individual appointments, meetings, and workshops, we can advise you as you plan your coursework, fulfill the prerequisite courses, prepare to apply to your programs, and complete your applications.   

Objectives of the Medical Professions Advising Office

This site will help you to get started in your trajectory of pursuing a career in the medical professions:
  • Prepare for Medical School: General course prerequisites for schools in the medical professions, timely information about requirements, where to find more details about requirements, information about standardized tests, such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).  
  • Benefit from advising services: Wellesley provides a range of advice and support available throughout your four years at Wellesley, as well as after graduation. See information on the Sakai site to learn more.
  • Plan your Wellesley courses: Guidance in fulfilling your science prerequisites, choosing a major (it can be within or outside the sciences), and planning your courses at Wellesley.
  • Explore the range of health professions and consider your chosen field:  A career in the medical profession requires a huge commitment! We have provided practical tips to help you explore and define your interest in a health career. In addition, look for resources and information at the Center for Work and Service

Join the Sakai site for further MPAO communications

The MPAO communicates with current Wellesley students and graduates through our PREM-Medical Professions Advising site on Sakai (see instructions for joining Sakai below). We use the site to make announcements, provide resources, and, when you are getting ready to apply, complete and submit documents to us. We also post announcements in Sakai and send emails to the address you used to join PREM, so be sure to check that email account regularly (even after you graduate). 

How to join PREM—the Medical Professions Advising site on Sakai
For current Wellesley students and graduates. If you are a graduate and not a member of Sakai, you can register using your "" email address. After that:
1 Log in to your MyWellesley account
2 Click on the Sakai icon at the top right of your screen 
3 Log in to Sakai, click on Membership, then click on Joinable
4 Under Joinable, scroll down to and click on PREM

Support from the Medical Professions Advisory Committee

When you are ready to begin the application process to doctoral programs in the medical professions that the MPAO supports, you will also benefit from working with Wellesley’s Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MPAC). This is a faculty committee chaired by the Director of the MPAO; it is available to all Wellesley undergraduates and graduates. Throughout the application process, the MPAC offers advice and support related to all aspects of the application process.

The MPAC also provides individual interviews and writes the "committee letter” that is required by schools in the medical professions. This includes individual recommendations from faculty members and others, and presents you as a candidate to the admissions committees. The MPAC begins its work in the fall semester of the year before you apply, almost two years before you will enter your graduate program. Information about and requirements for working with the MPAC to apply to a school in the medical professions is available in the PREM Sakai site under Resources and Assignments. 

Advantages of a Wellesley education for students pursuing careers in the medical professions

If you are new to Wellesley, congratulations on your sound choice to earn your undergraduate degree at this leading liberal arts college for women in the Boston area. The College offers many advantages and opportunities to students entering the medical professions. These include: 

  • Small class sizes
  • Outstanding professors who provide superb classes and individual attention to their students (7/1 student faculty ratio; you're unlikely to find that at a large university!)
  • All classes taught by professors, not teaching assistants
  • Services of the Medical Professions Advising Office
  • Support from the Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MPAC) throughout the application process
  • Thorough, detailed letters of recommendation from faculty who know their students well
  • Committee (MPAC) letters that have been praised by schools in the medical professions
  • Opportunity for significant research experience and the chance to make important contributions to science and medicine
  • Research funding through the Science Center and other college sources
  • Because Wellesley is an undergraduate institution, students do lab research with professors, not with or for graduate students
  • The opportunity to present at major conferences and to become coauthors on publications
  • Advising and financial support from the Center for Work and Service to find internships and other experience to help you explore and become knowledgeable about your field
  • Health and Society minor, with many health-related courses, offered through the Women and Gender Studies Department
  • Active student organizations related to medicine, science, and health care