Steps to Follow
Our office would like to extend a big welcome to all students new to a pre-medical or pre-dental track in Fall 2022! Please view this 2022 Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office Overview about the best steps to take as you start your journey.
1. Join our Newsletter
Is this your first time meeting with someone from our office? Email firstname.lastname@example.org from your UConn email address to request to be added to our emailing list.
The Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental newsletter is our primary method of communicating information about pre-health professional opportunities, events, and resources both on campus and off campus to interested students.
We also encourage you to follow us on Instagram! Find us @uconn_premed_predental
2. Attend a Group Advising Session
Group advising sessions are intended to serve as an orientation to the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office for incoming first-year students or any student new to a pre-medical/dental track.
All students are expected to have first attended either a live or virtual group advising session or viewed a recording of a group advising session in its entirety prior to requesting a one-on-one appointment with an advisor.
To attend a group advising session, please respond to the Group Advising RSVP form so that we have a record of your attendance. All sessions will take place at https://uconnvtc.webex.com/meet/preadvis.
Our group advising schedule for Fall 2022 will be posted here by late August.
If you were unable to attend one of these sessions, please view a recording before scheduling a 1:1 appointment.
3. Make a One-on-One Appointment
If you have met the criteria above and have specific questions you’d like to address, then we welcome you to request a one-on-one appointment with an advisor from the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office. To “meet” our advisors ahead of time, make sure to check out our advisor profiles. For Fall 2022, both in-person and virtual appointments will be available.
Students seeking a pre-dental appointment during Summer 2022 should email Dr. Thomas Abbott directly at email@example.com to request a meeting.
4. Meet with a Health Professions Peer Ambassador (HPPA)
Health Professions Peer Ambassadors (HPPAs) are UConn undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-professions track alongside diverse major plans of study and are involved in the greater university community in many ways. They work closely with the Office of Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising to share their experiences and mentor other students throughout their pre-professional journeys. HPPAs attend various office group advising sessions, workshops, and campus outreach events and are available for weekly in-person drop-in and virtual drop-in mentoring hours. See individual profiles and schedules here.
When to meet with an HPPA:
- Exploring pathways for becoming engaged in clinical, service, or research opportunities
- Balancing schoolwork and co-curricular engagement
- Learning about study/test-taking strategies that have worked for them
- Transferring from a regional UConn campus to Storrs as a pre-health professional student
- Developing leadership skills
When to meet with a staff advisor:
- Discussing whether to accept AP or ECE credit or not
- Engaging in in-depth conversations about coursework, grades, and standardized test scores
- Gauging your readiness to apply to health professional schools
- Speaking about specific aspects of your health professions school application