This document is a guide for developing and enhancing academic institutions' support of high quality pre-health advising for their students. The academic institution is best served in using this document with its companion document on “Best practices for Pre-Health Advisors,” given that there is a symbiotic relationship between the two.
The expression of the best practices listed below will of necessity differ from institution to institution, depending on specifics such as size, mission, and structure. Institutions are encouraged to meet the best practices in a manner appropriate to their settings.
Throughout, "institution" refers to the institution of higher education where the pre-health advisor is employed, and "program" refers to the pre-health advising program.
An academic institution that supports an effective pre-health advising program:
This document is a guide for developing and enhancing high-quality pre-health advising for students at institutions of higher education. This document will be most helpful if used in conjunction with its companion document, "Best Practices for Academic Institutions Supporting Pre-Health Advising,” given that there is a symbiotic relationship between the two.
At institutions of higher education, pre-health advisors serve in a variety of positions – as academic advisors, career counselors, student services personnel, instructional faculty, administrators, retired or practicing health care professional, etc. – and the expression of the best practices listed below will of necessity differ from position to position. The expression will also differ between the Chief Health Professions Advisor (CHPA) and those who serve under the CHPA, as well as between pre-health advisors working together in an office and those serving as the sole pre-health advisor for their institution. Pre-health advisors are encouraged to meet the best practices in a manner appropriate to their positions, funding, location, size of office, and staff support.
A pre-health advisor: