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Preparing for Medical, Dental, Veterinary and Health Related Careers

Thinking about health professions school after Colby graduation? Colby’s Health Professions Advisors work to help you through the process. The Health Professions Advisors provide specialized advising, beginning in the first year and continuing after graduation, for students who are preparing for all careers in the health professions.

Dr. Ed Yeterian, ( Professor of Psychology, serves as the First-Year Health Professions Advisor.  In addition to each student’s assigned Academic Advisor on the faculty, Ed assists incoming first-years with course selection in relation to their health professions plans and is available to meet with those students throughout their first year to help them get off to the best start they can at Colby.  Appointments with Ed can be set by e-mail – please suggest times you are available to meet.

After the first year, students interested in the health professions work closely with Cate Talbot Ashton, the Health Professions Advisor in the Career Center.  Cate helps students plan their pre-requisites, make decisions about how and when to fit those courses together, plan and prepare for the MCAT, DAT, GRE, or other tests, strategize their application process, prepare for interviews, and tracks the success of Colby students in the application process.  She continues to stay in close touch with Colby graduates who plan to apply at some point after graduation. To set up an in-person or phone appointment with Cate, contact the Career Center at 207-859-4140 or schedule an appointment via Handshake.

When Colby students or alumni apply to medical or dental schools, the Health Professions Advisor in the Career Center coordinates the composite letter process which is a crucial part of the specialized application processes for these fields.  Cate works closely with faculty who draft the composite letters and assists students throughout the application process.  Cate also work with students interested in health careers such as veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic (and other allied health fields). These fields employ more conventional graduate admissions procedures and do not involve a composite letter.

Students interested in physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, and other health professions are urged to consult the appropriate guide (see Useful Links) and the Health Professions Advisors (Ed Yeterian for current first-year students, Cate Talbot Ashton for all others) for information on required and recommended courses for graduate study in their field of interest as they vary widely from pre-requisites for medical school and from each other.