Welcome to Pre-Health Advising!
Our program supports student and recent alumni preparing to apply for admission to medical, dental, optometry, physician assistant, and other health profession training programs at the doctoral or masters level.
We help with:
- Planning appropriate academic programs
- acquiring the necessary interviewing and writing skills
- developing a personal and academic profile that will be attractive to professional schools
- establishing a dossier to be used in support of their applications for admission
The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)
The Committee evaluates prospective medical, dental, optometry, and podiatry school candidates and furnishes official evaluation letters for students who have successfully completed URI’s pre-professional application process. A listing of the current Committee Members can be found here.
What makes Pre-Health at URI unique?
Housed within the university’s Honors Program, our program provides students with a heightened awareness of the broad range of special academic opportunities and competitive awards for which they may qualify. Each year qualified URI students are selected and mentored by faculty committees to participate in many major scholarship competitions; pre-medical students are often strong candidates for these highly prestigious awards. In fact, in previous years our program produced a Goldwater Scholar, a Boren Scholar, a Metcalf Scholar and a Fulbright finalist!
While not required, pre-health students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Honors Program; not only does this enhance their academic experience, it is also appealing to (if not expected by) professional schools. Our physical location within Lippitt Hall also provides the Pre-Health Professions Program a strong sense of community. Newly renovated and centrally located, Lippitt Hall houses the Honors Student Lounge as well as the constant opportunity for quality interaction with acclaimed members of the faculty.
For questions please contact Andrew Simmons, pre-health advisor and HPAC Chair.
*More information on pre-veterinary studies at URI is available here.