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Welcome to Health Professions Advising

Dear Freshmen:

Welcome to Johns Hopkins University and the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising.  This is an exciting time as you embark on your college career and start planning for your future.  If you are pursuing pre-med/health requirements (or even considering it), now is the time to download and read Guide One: Pre-Med and Pre-Health Planning at Johns Hopkins.  This comprehensive guide includes an overview of pre-medical requirements, academic planning suggestions, advanced placement credit, covered grades, recommended courses that fulfill pre-medical requirements, and more. 

We also encourage you to bookmark the Pre-Professional Office website and utilize the resources we have provided within its contents.  There is a lot to know as you consider a health professions career, so here are some tips to get your started:

  • Accept invitation to join the Pre-Professional Medclass 2017 listserv:  During the summer before you arrive on campus, you will automatically be put on the medclass 2017 listserv if you indicated an interest in medicine/healthcare on your admissions application.  If you did not indicate this interest in your admissions application, you can add yourself to the listserv by following the directions on our website: http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/signup.html.  It is essential that all pre-med/health students at Johns Hopkins University be on the listserv in order to receive information on programs, events, class meetings, internships, volunteer opportunities, etc. 
  • Download the Pre-Med and Pre-Health Planning Guide:  As previously noted, Guide One:  Pre-Med and Pre-Health Planning at Johns Hopkins provides JHU undergraduates with comprehensive information on how to prepare for allopathic (MD), osteopathic (DO) and dental (DDS, DMD) schools.  Other health professions, such veterinary medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, etc., are covered in separate Guides available on the Pre-Professional website:  http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/guides.html
  • First Time Appointments:  All freshmen interested in the health professions (pre-med, pre-dental, physician assistant, nursing, etc.) must attend a “First Time Appointment” before they can be seen for individual advising.  These appointments are conducted in small groups and focus on the qualities and requirements of pre-health students.  To schedule your first time appointment, please visit https://www.securedata-trans10.com/ap/johnshopkinsuniversityofficeofpreprofessionalprogramsadvising/index.php?page=10.  You will see a section titled “Event Registration” followed by a listing of First Time Appointment dates and times.  This schedule will be posted in early September, so if you do not see the list, it is not yet available.

Please understand that these first time appointments can only be scheduled up to two months in advance, and the schedules are very full at the beginning of the semester.  Please continue checking the appointment schedule since more dates will open each week.  In addition, do not worry if you can’t get an appointment for a few months; there is plenty of time during freshman year in which to attend a First Time Appointment…it need not be in the first month or two of starting school.

  • Follow-Up Appointments:  After you attend a First Time Appt. (in a group setting), you are eligible to make an individual appointment with a Pre-Professional advisor.  To schedule an appointment, please go to this website:  https://www.securedata-trans10.com/ap/johnshopkinsuniversityofficeofpreprofessionalprogramsadvising/index.php?page=10.  At the top of the page, you will see “Appointment Locator.”  Select an advisor, and select a session. 
  • Freshman Town Hall:  Held every November and April, approximately one week prior to registering for the next semester.  These “town hall” meetings will focus on course loads for the next semester, resources for academic assistance, options for completing pre-medical requirements, and more.
  • Academic Advising (A&S, Engineering): Students are encouraged to ask general academic planning questions of their academic and faculty advisors.  Arts and Sciences students can visit http://www.advising.jhu.edu/index.php, while Engineering students can visit http://eng.jhu.edu/wse/page/academic-advising
  • Academics:  It is essential that all pre-medical students develop good study habits and a college lifestyle that is conducive to academic achievement.  This includes setting aside time for studying, attending all of your classes, getting a good night’s sleep, and finding a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities.  Numerous on-campus resources are available if you need them, including Academic Advising, the Counseling Center, and this office.  Here are some other resources to consider:
  • PILOT—a peer-led team learning program that organizes small study teams to meet weekly and work on problem sets collaboratively.  PILOT aims to helps students make a smooth transition to college life both academically and socially.  More information about PILOT can be found at http://jhu.edu/academic-assistance/pilot.html.
  • Learning Den--provides tutoring for all registered students in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. There is no fee and there is no limit to the number of sessions a student may attend.  All tutoring is held on the Homewood Campus in Gilman Hall and nearby buildings. Tutoring is conducted in small group format, with a maximum of six students in each group. Tutors review course-specific material and encourage students to ask questions and exchange information. Tutoring is not a substitute for class attendance nor is it a place to just do homework. If you need help in a subject, request assistance early and often.  For more information, go to http://www.jhu.edu/academic-assistance/tutoring.html.
  • Study Consulting--helps undergraduate students strengthen their academic skills, adjust to the increased demands of college, or fulfill their potential.  Study Consulting pairs undergraduate students with an accomplished senior or graduate student who serves as a consultant. The student-consultant pair meets every week, one hour per week, and works on universal academic skills such as:
    • Time Management Organization
    • Note Taking Writing Papers
    • Heavy Reading Loads Test Anxiety
    • Test Preparation Where to Study
    • Self-Discipline "Backward Planning"

For more information, go to http://www.jhu.edu/academic-assistance/studyconsulting.html

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