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September 2014

1. Guest Editorial

Ruth O. Bingham
Julie Chanatry

As this issue of The Advisor attests, our NAAHP 2014 conference in San Francisco was a resounding success. The meeting was our largest to date with over 1200 attendees and a program that covered a wide array of topics.

2. Incorporating Competencies into Letters of Evaluation: Three Templates to Help Explain, Track, and Evaluate the Development of Student Competencies

Carol Elam, EdD, Emil Chuck, PhD
Jennifer Steffen Kimble, MEd
Patricia S. O'Sullivan, EdD

Medical school admissions committee members recognize that much effort goes into gathering information and writing letters of evaluation for prospective applicants. To facilitate the selection process, admissions committee members want letters from advisors to be useful, candid, and honest.

3. Second Year Check Up: Students' Diagnosis and Prognosis on Pre-Health Holistic Development

Shari Obrentz, PhD
Danielle Laupert, MEd

Many students come to college with the idea that they will one day have a career in healthcare. The Emory College undergraduates are no exception.

4. Helping Students (and Ourselves) See the Light: Ethics for Health Advisors and Students

Nikki Cunningham
Robert Klitzman, MD
Megan Rigney

In many ways, the ethical strains that health professional students face are increasing as financial pressures in the health care system increase, as health inequities deepen and ideas about how to solve them prove controversial and divisive,...

5. How to Set Up a Successful Physician Shadowing Program

Donna J. Nonnenkamp, Ph

Although physician shadowing is not formally required to gain admission to medical school, many medical schools expect that premed students will have some experience interacting with physicians.

6. Mapping Out The Personal Statement: A Visual Thinking Strategy for Students

Eileen Tom

In my second year as a health professions advisor a student asked me to review his medical school personal statement. It was an essay I’d read before- for another student, verbatim! The original essay’s author successfully matriculated to medical school the prior year.

7. Building a Culture of Evidence: Assessment and Pre-Health Advising

Robin Selzer, PhD

Peter Drucker (1973) said, “What is measured, improves.” This was the guiding philosophy for my NAAHP presentation on Assessment and Pre-Health Advising.

8. Advising, Management and Leadership Challenges Facing Pre-Health Advising Programs at Universities with Large Applicant Pools

Janet Snoyer
David Verrier, PhD
Wendy Loughlin, MA

Undergraduate institutions that advise large premedical applicant pools face distinctive advising, management and leadership challenges.

9. Public Health for an Array of Educational and Career Options

Donna Petersen, ScD
Penelope Bennett, PhD
William Harvey, PhD

Over a decade ago, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy noted that not only do we need an educated public health workforce but we also need an educated citizenry to keep the public healthy.

10. Spotlight on Physical Therapy: Let’s Get Moving!

Matt Willey, DPT
Jody Frost, DPT

Although physical therapists strive to manage every patient or client problem set before us, we often are left with a percentage of patients who are unable to return to 100% of their prior functional level.

11. Spotlight on Occupational Therapy: Enabling People to Live Their Lives

Neil Harvison, PhD

Successful participation in desired occupations is important to an individual’s health and wellness. One of many ways to illustrate this is through the example of the impact of aging on the ability to drive.


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