Bryn Mawr is a wonderful setting to prepare for a career in the health professions. Medical schools, dental schools, schools of veterinary medicine, schools of public health and programs in other health professions favor students who have pursued a challenging, rigorous curriculum during their undergraduate years. None requires that the successful applicant major in a science; all seek students who are mature, motivated, curious, and hardworking and who have demonstrated commitment to service in addition to their love of science. Applicants with a broad, liberal arts education are at an advantage in the admissions process.
The Health Professions Advising Office provides information and assistance to students and alumnae who are interested in careers in any of the health professions. We work with you throughout your Bryn Mawr career and beyond as you pursue academic, community service, and professional opportunities and we will advise you throughout the application process to professional schools. Our office organizes many seminars, workshops, and meetings with admissions office representatives to help you learn about the health professions. We also advise the leaders of several student-run organizations that sponsor seminars, meetings and service projects related to heath. The process of determining your next steps in life can be a daunting one; allow our office to work with you in creating a plan that would work well for you.
There is no formal prehealth major or academic track at Bryn Mawr. With careful academic planning, you can major in any field of study and still complete the prehealth requirements. Although most prehealth students decide to complete a science major, many prehealth students have majored in anthropology, economics, English, French, history, philosophy, psychology or religion before embaring on successful health careers. The fundamentals of a Bryn Mawr College education - learning through conversation and collaboration, primary reading, original research and experimentation – all provide an excellent foundation for a health professions career. See the Information for First and Second Year Students for more information about the premedical, predental, and preveterinary course requirements.
Some students begin their undergraduate careers focused on a career in the health professions while others come to recognize this interest during their college years or beyond. If you are interested in a health career, there are several things to keep in mind. Take the time to explore the rich curriculum that Bryn Mawr has to offer and take classes that interest you. Get involved with activities and community service outside of the classroom – these pursuits could be related to medicine and health or not. These outside activities could have the added benefit of enriching your interest in health care and your experience in working with others. Most important, take the time to assess your true personal and career interests. You may find that your career trajectory changes over time. There are many approaches to completing the courses and developing the competencies necessary to apply to medical or other health professions. Some students complete their requirements and apply for professional school at the end of their junior year. A majority of Bryn Mawr students take a minimum of one year after graduation to work in biomedical or clinical research or to participate in a service program before attending a health professional school. Careers in the health professions are both demanding and rewarding, so take the time to find the best fit for you.
We encourage you to read through our web site, especially the section for First and Second Year students, to become more familiar with preparing yourself for a career in the health professions.
The Prehealth Listserv: Be sure to join the Prehealth Listserv, which the Health Professions Advising Office uses to send useful information, including announcements about special events on campus, research and internship opportunities, application deadlines. The undergraduate student Prehealth Society also announces its meetings and activities over the listserv.
To subscribe to the prehealth listserv go to the website: mailman.brynmawr.edu. Choose the subscription page, scroll down to and select Prehealth-l. Complete the subscription form using your Bryn Mawr e-mail address. After you submit the subscription form, your request will be sent to the listserv moderator for final approval. You can unsubscribe from the prehealth listserv at anytime by logging back into the subscription page, and completing a form at the bottom.
Gail G. Glicksman
Assistant Dean and Health Professions Advisor for Undergraduates and Alumnae
Dean Glicksman is eager to talk with students about their interest in exploring any of the health professions. She is available for individual appointments throughout the year; call the Health Professions Advising Office at 610-526-7350 to schedule a meeting. During peak periods of the semester, she has open office hours. The schedule will be announced at those times.
Glenn N. Cummings
Associate Dean, Director of Health Professions Advising and
Director of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
Dean Cummings works primarily with postbaccalaureate premedical students, but he is also available to assist undergraduates and alumnae.
Health Professions Advising Office
Canwyll House East
The Health Professions Advising Office is open year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday -Friday.