Health Professions Advising

Medical StudentsLink to Health Professions Portfolio

See our calendar for Seminar schedule.

**The Health Professions Questionnaire (HPQ) is now open for students applying to medical, dental, or veterinary programs this upcoming cycle (for 2016 matriculation). The HPQ can be accessed here.**

The Office of Health Professions Advising will be closed beginning 2:00 pm on December 24th-26th. It will re-open at 8:30 am on Monday, December 29th. 
Our Office will also be closed beginning 2:00 pm on December 31st and January 1st. We will re-open on Friday, January 2nd at 8:30 am.

Drop-in Hours (Lattimore 203):

Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00
Thursdays, 10:00-12:00

What are drop-in hours? Students are encouraged to attend drop-in hours to get answers to quick questions regarding general information or direction towards resources (web, print, etc.). If a student is just beginning to think about health professions and needs pointers on how to get started, drop-in hours are a great place to begin.

Questions about specific academic schedules, candidacy for health professions programs or questions regarding personal circumstances cannot be addressed thoroughly during Drop-In hours. For these scenarios, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with an adviser.


Many students study as undergraduates at the University of Rochester while preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, or other health professional graduate schools. Being “pre-med” or “pre-vet” is an interest and not a program or major. It is crucial to prepare for health professions programs in a great variety of ways including, prerequisite coursework, standardized tests, involvement in health-related work experiences, involvement in research activities, community service, and engagement in extra- or co-curricular activities.

If you are interested in a career in health professions, we’re here to help.

Whether you’re applying to allopathic or osteopathic medical, dental, or other health professions programs, we can help you navigate the process.

We provide information on:

Applying to medical school is a major commitment. Before or during the process, be sure to ask yourself:

  • What are your goals? How best can you reach those goals?
  • Do you have a specific timeline you’d like to be on?
  • Are you interested in research? If you don’t have research experience, where do you start? If you’re not interested in research, what are some other options for you?
  • Are you the best candidate you can be if you were to apply to medical school today?

We can help you review your answers to these and other related questions. To contact a health professions adviser, email urhealthprofessions@UR.rochester.edu.

NOTE TO CURRENT APPLICANTS: If you have questions about the health committee (HC) letter that are not answered on these web pages, please contact us at urhealthprofessions@UR.rochester.edu, so we can provide you efficient and correct information. HC letters will be uploaded according to the HPQ guidelines, and on-time requests are uploaded by August 15.

Health Professions Quick Links

Prospective and undergraduate students:

Pre-med students preparing to apply:

Health professional school applicants:

Graduates considering a career change to the health professions: