Health Professions Advising
The Office of Health Professions Advising (HPA) is a crucial resource for any students considering careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other health-related fields. If you are considering a career in the health professions, please make sure to refer to the HPA website, attend sponsored info sessions and events, and come to drop in hours or set up an appointment to speak with Kate Fukawa-Connelly or Allison Smith, the advisors at HPA, or ask a Pre-Health Peer Adviser in your residential college about both your academic and non-academic preparation for health professional school. HPA is available at every step along the “pre-health” path, from making decisions about whether or not to pursue medicine, to choosing the courses required by health professional schools, to considering your co-curricular preparation, and finally throughout the application process. While medicine has traditionally drawn the largest number of Princeton graduates, pre-vet and pre-dental students should still make sure to come into the HPA office to discuss additional considerations unique to their areas of interest.
In addition to individual advising during drop-in hours and scheduled appointments, HPA sends a weekly pre-health email newsletter called “Vitals,” and sponsors a series of talks by physician-alumni, called “The Doctor Is In.” HPA also hosts visits by medical schools from all over the country, has a lending library of health-professions books, and holds annual information sessions for freshmen and sophomores as well as for those preparing to apply to health professional school. In addition, they support and collaborate with student organizations including the Pre-med Society, the Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS), and the JockDoc peer network for student-athlete pre-health students. HPA is located at 36 University Place, on floor 2M, right above the U-Store, behind Career Services.