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March 2011

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

I had a special theme in mind when I started working on this issue. However, I received a wonderful array of submissions that made me realize — it’s time to devote some time and space to discussions of who we are and what we do.

2. Guest Commentary

Lori Provost

In this issue we will learn to look at ourselves through another lens — that of our advisees and how they may see something across the desk that we are intentionally or unintentionally portraying.

3. Report of the 2010 NAAHP Membership Survey: What is similar and what has changed in the past five years

Kerry L. Cheesman, PhD
Anne L. Ewing, PhD
Ian W. Cheesman

In 2005 the NAAHP Board of Directors determined that an ongoing survey of membership, at regular five year intervals, would yield valuable data on both current membership and membership trends that the organization and others could use to provide relevant membership services.

4. What Students Expect From Their Health Professions Advisor

Jason C. Baker, PhD; Maureen Raffensperger, DPT;
Cosette Hardwick, DPT; C. Larry Garrison Sullivan, PhD; and
Tammy Welchert, EdS

As health professions advisors, we sit on the side of the desk that provides advice for guiding our students as they consider health care careers.

5. Appreciative Advising for Pre-Health Students

Amanda E. Propst Cuevas
Jennifer L. Bloom, EdD
Pamela LeVine

Pre-health students come to our of􀃀ces with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and career aspirations. The diversity of the students and health fields we work with prevents our jobs from becoming boring.

6. A Day of Medicine: Helping Premeds Make an Informed Choice

Laurence A. Savett, MD

As I began to advise undergraduates interested in a career in medicine in 1994, I recognized that an important matter to discuss was their perceptions about what a career in medicine was really like?

7. Utilizing an Experiential-Based Computer System to Track, Advise, and Evaluate Health Sciences Undergraduate Students

Rhonda S. Cross Beemer, PhD, LAT, ATC

The Bachelor of Science program in Health Sciences at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa is a four-year undergraduate degree program that prepares students for health science- related careers in primary care, allied health, health services management, and pharmaceutical sciences.

8. AHECs and Health Professions Advisors: Sharing a Mission

Joel Davidson

Health professions advisors play an essential role in linking students planning health care careers with academic and extracurricular experiences enabling them to become well-qualified to enter medical school or other health professions programs after they complete their undergraduate education.

9. How Coursework in Public Health Can Benefit Undergraduate Premedical Students

Monica Kempland, PhD

The American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges recently gathered in Washington, D.C. to re􀃁ect on the Flexner Report and to look ahead to the trends and needs of medical education in the next one hundred years.

10. Book Review: The Making of a Nurse

Tilda Shalof

Tilda Shalof is a hospital intensive care nurse in Toronto, but has worked extensively as a nurse in locations in the United States, Israel and Canada for over 25 years. Her first book about training to be a nurse, A Nurse’s Story, was published in 2004.

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