Welcome to Pre-Health

The information in this website is not meant to take the place of meeting periodically with a health professions advisor. Every student should work with an advisor to develop and then continuously evaluate an individual academic program that will meet personal goals.

For information about academic preparation for medical school and other health professions, consult the health professions advisors in the Newnan Academic Advising Center, College of LSA, 1255 Angell Hall.

To make an appointment, call (734) 764-0332. We look forward to helping you reach your academic goals.

Pre-Health Events

Regular Pre-health Academic Advising

Pre-Health Drop-in Advising +

This is group advising done regularly each week during the Fall and Winter Terms (and through the end of June in the Summer). Feel free to bring your questions or to simply sit and listen to others'.

Stay for a few minutes or for much longer.  No appointment is necessary.  

Mondays 1 - 3 pm 1255 Angell Hall

Tuesdays 5 - 7 pm 1255 Angell Hall

Wednesdays 1 -3 pm 1255 Angell Hall

Thursdays 2 - 4 pm Science Learning Center Alcove 5

Fall 2014 Pre-Health Walk-In Advising

Fall Hours have not been determined. Please check back in August.


For students beginning to consider a health profession.  This is a broad introduction to fundamental information important to preparing for a wide range of health professions, including medicine, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, podiatric medicine, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and nursing. 

Fall Term ONLY 


Fall 2014 sessions:
Wednesday, September 10, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Angell Hall, Room G243
Wednesday, September 17, 3:30 – 4:30 PM Angell Hall, Room G243
Tuesday, October 21, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Angell Hall, Room G243



This one-session workshop is intended for students in their second year of pre-health studies and beyond and is open to all students enrolled in any College of the University.  This session will help you reflect on your activities, curricular choices, and goals as a healthcare professional as part of the preparation for making well considered and well expressed applications. 


Are You Beginning to Consider a Career in Healthcare? +

For all students beginning to consider careers in the health professions. These one-hour, drop-in sessions will begin with a short discussion of a theme relevant to those considering a career in healthcare and will be followed by a general question and answer period.

All sessions will be held in G243 Angell Hall.

  • Pre-health 101
    Pre-health 101 is a broad introduction to the basic information needed to begin preparing for ANY of the health care professions commonly chosen by U-M students.  It includes discussion of courses, activities, and more. 
    Wednesday, September 10, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Angell Hall, Room G243
    Wednesday, September 17, 3:30 – 4:30 PM Angell Hall, Room G243
    Tuesday, October 21, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Angell Hall, Room G243
  • Going Abroad
    This interactive session addresses key points pre-health students should consider when contemplating going abroad to study, volunteer, or work.  Did you know that medical schools and dental schools have published guidelines for this?
    Thursday, September 4, 2;30 – 3:30 PM   Angell Hall, Room G243
  • Choosing the Right Pre-health Profession
    Are you interested in more than one profession?  Can you not decide whether becoming a doctor or dentist is right for you? Becoming a Physician Assistant or Physician? Etc.?  This interactive session will help you find good answers to the right questions, to begin figuring this out.
    Monday, September 22, 4:00 – 5:00 PM  Angell Hall, Room G243
  • Letters of Evaluation and the 15 Core Competencies
    This interactive session helps you understand the steps you can take to develop good relationships with mentors, instructors, supervisors and others as part of the process of getting good letters of evaluation for health professions programs (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy, etc. schools).  This workshop will also helps you understand how letter content can relate to critically important personal competencies, such as capacity for improvement and communication skills.
    Friday, October 3, 1:30 – 2:30 PM Angell Hall, Room G243
  • Choosing Activities that Matter
    Your activities should be more than a list on your résumé.  They should be a product of your attempts to explore new ideas, to challenge yourself by trying to understand the world and others’ lives from a new perspective, and to really make sure that you are taking the right step in trying to become a health care professional.  This interactive session will help you choose activities that actually do that.
    Monday, October 6, 5:00 – 6:00 PM  Angell Hall, Room G243
  • Should I Drop My (Pre-health) Class?
    The LSA Late Drop Deadline is rapidly approaching.  Are you struggling to decide whether you should stay in a class or take a W on your transcript?  Do you know how medical (and other health professions schools) view a W versus a bad grade?  This interactive session will present you with the key factors you should consider in order to position you to make the best possible decision you can.
    Friday, October 24, 1:30 – 2:30 PM  Angell Hall, Room G243
  • Should I Take a Gap Year?
    This interactive session helps you consider whether a gap year (or two) is the right choice for you.  It will also help you understand how admissions committees view longer and shorter preparation.  It will also present you with a range of possible options for filling that gap year.
    Wednesday, October 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM  Angell Hall, Room G243

Backpacking for Pre-Health Students +

Having trouble getting an advising appointment? Bring your questions, your laptops, and your iPads to this question and answer session. Talk through your course selections with a Newnan LSA pre-health academic advisor, and you will also get a chance to hear what other students think about courses you are considering

November 13th, 1:00-3:00 PM G243 Angell Hall
November 18th, Tuesday 5:00-7:00 PM G243 Angell Hall

Preparing for the MCAT 2015 +

This program presents the most up-to-date information available about the new version of the MCAT, expected to be administered in Spring 2015.  Included are discussions of courses and long term preparation strategies.

Tuesday, September 23, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Angell Hall, Room G243
Wednesday, November 5, 3:00 – 5:00 PM   Angell Hall, Room G243

Science GPA Calculator

Medical and Dental schools review your pre-professional academic performance in a variety of ways, one of which is an analysis of your science GPA. For medical school, the science GPA is an average your grades in biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses. For dental school, a special emphasis is placed on your grades in biology, chemistry, and physics.

What is your science GPA? Download our Science GPA Calculator to find out!

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