Health Professions Advising

Health Professions Advising

Green Hall 4th Floor
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-2904
cseltzer@wellesley.edu
mburns2@wellesley.edu

Welcome to Career Education’s Health Professions Advising page. Through the resources on this page, we will help you to explore clinical care across a variety of patient-facing roles, including: nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, medicine, physical therapy, speech language pathology, physician assistant, podiatry, pharmacy, and more. We encourage you to use this page to learn more whether you are exploring, preparing, or applying within the health professions. When you’re ready, meet with our advisors to get support and resources as you continue on your career path. Become a member of our Health Professions Community to receive emails and notifications — simply update your Career Interests in Handshake to subscribe.

We look forward to working with you!


 

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Health Professions, Public Health, Life Science

Green Hall 4th Floor
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-2904
cseltzer@wellesley.edu
mburns2@wellesley.edu

Office hours 

Appointments with Cindy can be scheduled in Handshake for Mon–Fri.

2019 White Coat Photos

Faith
Every day I'm made aware of what a privilege it is to have a role in the care of a patient, and that as part of the next generation of physicians, I am expected to continue to improve patient care.
Faith Arimoro ’17
Medical Student, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Tanvee
Whenever I felt overwhelmed as a premedical student at Wellesley, I would remind myself of what I was working towards: the privilege of caring for and supporting patients through one of the most challenging experiences of their life.
Tanvee Varma ’18
Yale Medical School
Amina
At Wellesley, I explored my passions, both in the sciences and humanities; I never had to choose.
Amina Ziad ’17
Harvard Medical School ’23
Liana
Register others’ opinions and advice thoughtfully, but also stay true to yourself and frequently recall your personal motivations for wanting to pursue a given career: this will shine through during the application process.
Liana Goehring ’15
NYU, MD/PhD
Camilla
My advice to those applying to med school would be don’t limit yourself. Whether that be regionally or selectivity or what by whatever guidelines you have set for yourself. I had no idea I would be in Iowa for med school a year ago (I got in off the waitlist in May) and here I am.
Camilla Koczara ’19
Medical School Student at University of Iowa
Janessa
The first few days I felt imposter syndrome beginning to creep back in. I was worried that maybe I wasn't cut out for WashU. Wellesley was academically challenging for me and I thought if I struggled in undergrad, what would happen in medical school? But I realized that overcoming those challenges is exactly what prepared me for medical school. And having the honor of receiving my white coat made all the hard work worth it.
Janessa Sullivan ’18
Washington University Medical Student
Victoria
Living in an exciting new city, being surrounded by peers with the same passion, and having myriad new opportunities be introduced to you constantly has been beyond wonderful — but most importantly, I feel truly prepared after Wellesley for everything to come in the busy but rewarding next 4 years.
Victoria Liu ’19
University of Pennsylvania Dental School

 

Step 1: Explore

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Begin to explore what it means to work in health professions, learn about Wellesley student & alumnae pre-health organizations, networking resources, and more.

Step 2: Prepare

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Academics

This resource covers academic considerations as you prepare to apply for health professions schools, including choosing your courses, studying abroad, and what to do if your grades aren't strong.

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Experiential Learning

This resource is an overview of ways to gain clinical experience, service experience, and research experience. It also discusses ways to discover summer opportunities.

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Waiting to Apply

Trying to balance academics, clinical experiences, community service, research, other extracurricular activities, hobbies, and relationships? Not feeling ready to prepare for your standardized tests or to tackle the application process? Not absolutely sure of your career path? Learn more about taking a gap year (or more) before applying to health profession schools.

Distinct Populations

Distinct Populations

A crucial topic in healthcare today is how to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of medical care for ethnic, racial, social, and economic minorities. There is an urgent need to increase both the diversity and cultural competence of our health care workforce. Learn about resources for underrepresented students and alumnae across distinct populations.

Step 3: Apply

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Self-Assessment

Are you ready to apply to health profession schools? This resource contains the self-assessment planning document, GPA and MCAT data, and information about gaining competencies valued in the admission process.

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Application Planning

Applying to health profession schools can be a long and complex process. Wellesley College Health Professions Advising would like to provide you with the support and resources you need to make your application strong and your experience positive. Learn about application requirements, cost and financial assistance, taking admission tests, selecting schools, and GPA calculations.

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The Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MPAC) & Letter Process

This resource will introduce you to the role of the MPAC committee and walk you through the process of requesting letters of recommendation, whether you require an MPAC committee letter as part of your application or not.

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Application Components & Process

This resource covers information you will need as you write and compile various elements of your application, including personal statements and transcripts. It also covers completing secondary applications & sending application updates.

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Interviewing

Participating in interviews is a critical part of the application process. This resource offers information about interview formats, the question types you might anticipate, and ways to prepare.

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Next Steps

Health profession schools have varying timelines for notifying applicants about acceptances. Learn about managing applications, as well as what to do if you are not accepted.

Application 2019 – 2020 Timeline

(dates may vary for particular schools and programs)

Fall 2018

October

  • All applicants are welcome to meet with Health Professions Advisors throughout the application process*
  • Register for, prepare for, and take admissions test no later than late spring

November

  • First General Applicant Information Meeting. View here.

December

  • Begin reading about the admissions process for your profession

 


 

 

Winter/Spring 2019

 

January

  • MPAC Only: Applicants requiring a Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MPAC) committee letter (e.g., medical, dental, optometry, podiatry) submit “2019-2020 Request for MPAC Advisor” materials by January 22, 2019

February

  • Second General Applicant Information Meeting
  • Decide about letters of recommendation and begin making requests
  • MPAC Only: MPAC advisor assignments given out for MPAC applicants. Schedule 1st meeting with MPAC advisor within two weeks
  • MPAC Only: MPAC interview dates released. Select a date/time to interview with your MPAC advisor

March

  • Attend “Health Professions Personal Statement Workshop”
  • MPAC Only: 1st meetings with MPAC advisor
  • MPAC Only: MPAC interviews begin. Submit completed MPAC Competency Form to advisor prior to practice interview

April

  • Third (Final) General Applicant Information Meeting
  • Begin writing and reviewing personal statement with advisors
  • MPAC Only: MPAC interviews continue
  • MPAC Only: Send email reminder to all individual letter writers no later than 4/26/19

May

  • Refine personal statement
  • Begin working on applications
  • Finalize school list
  • MPAC Only: Individual letters of recommendation are due 5/26/19; submit the Mandatory May Update (includes the Recommendation List and Release Form and the MPAC Applicant Updates) by 5/26/19

    Summer 2019

    June

    • Submit applications and transcripts as early as possible after application cycle opens
    • Complete secondary applications if required within two weeks of receiving requests

    July

    • Continue to complete secondary applications
    • MPAC Only: MPAC committee letters sent in June and July

     


     

     

    Fall 2019

     

    August-September

    • Check with schools to ensure applications are complete
    • Applicants may begin interviewing: prepare and attend/watch the Health Professions Advising Workshop on Interviewing (see Handshake in August for details)

    October-December

    • Applicants may begin receiving responses from schools

     


     

     

    2020 

     

    January

    • Send relevant updates to schools
    • Speak with Health Professions Advising Director by 1/2/20 if considering applying in the 2020-2021 application cycle

    February – April

    • Consider results of applications

    May – July

    • Decide on school or alternative plans

    Summer

    • Attend school or pursue other opportunities

      Self-Assessment (Applying to Health Profession Schools)

      Cindy
      Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

      Your first step in the application process is a thoughtful reflection on your readiness to apply. This resource contains the self-assessment planning document, questions to ask yourself as you consider applying, and information about competencies valued in the admissions process.

      “Whenever I felt overwhelmed as a premedical student at Wellesley, I would remind myself of what I was working towards: the privilege of caring for and supporting patients through one of the most challenging experiences of their life.”

      “Every day I'm made aware of what a privilege it is to have a role in the care of a patient, and that as part of the next generation of physicians, I am expected to continue to improve patient care.”

      Next Steps: managing acceptances, and what to do if you are not accepted to health profession schools

      Cindy
      Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

      Health profession schools have varying timelines for notifying applicants about acceptances. Learn about managing applications, as well as what to do if you are not accepted.

      Interviewing (Applying to Health Profession Schools)

      Cindy
      Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

      Participating in interviews is a critical part of the application process. This resource offers information about interview formats, the question types you might anticipate, and ways to prepare.