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September 2017

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

The start of another academic year! Some of us (maybe all) share that mix of dread and excitement as we start anew. Hopefully we take with us the knowledge gained, tools acquired and insights shared by colleagues at the regional meetings we attended.

2. Diversity in Medicine and Health Care: Medical School and the LGBT Community

Rachel L. Levine, MD

In the 1980s, a little over 20 percent of medical students were women (“The Changing Representation,” 2005). Thanks to efforts to increase diversity by both medical schools and the culture as a whole, almost half of medical school enrollees today are women.

3. Advising Rural Student Populations for the Health Professions

Whitney Duchaine, MEd

Students from rural backgrounds face many challenges in college and in their pursuit of graduate health professions degrees. Their lower socioeconomic background, lack of experience with higher education, and lack of exposure to the health professions can complicate their pursuit of advanced degrees and their ability to complete, or even enroll in, an undergraduate program.

4. Precision Advising: Learning from Aristotle to Enhance Advising Sessions with Diverse Students

Joon Kim, EdD

Academic advising is the work performed by members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP.) NACADA recognizes the tremendous complexity of advising and has a task force dedicated exclusively to establishing its definition.

5. “Why Didn’t I get an ‘A?’”: Using Educational Psychology to make Sense of Pre-health Student Motivation and Achievement

Erika K. Dumke, MEd
Christy Tyndall, PhD

On the road to academic success, students are bound to encounter obstacles. What makes some students persist and succeed when faced with challenges while others give up? Focusing on students’ grades and progress toward “checking the right boxes” fails to provide insight into underlying motivational beliefs and attitudes that influence students’ academic behaviors.

6. Mind Mapping: Making Meaning of Pre-Health Student Experiences

Judy Sun, MEd

While working as a career counselor in higher education, I learned about the “wandering map” activity from the book “You Majored in What?: Designing Your Path from College to Career” by Dr. Katharine Brooks. The book was written as a guide to help liberal arts students make sense of their chaos, gain insight into themselves and determine their career goals, regardless of their majors.

7. The NAAHP Research Report – Examining Changes in Advisor, Institution, and Student Demographics from 2005 to 2016

Valerie Bennett, PhD
Justin Brown, PhD
Julie Chanatry, PhD
Ginger Fisher, PhD
Janet Hart, PhD
Jim Johnson, PhD
Kim Sauerwein, MEd
Cindy Stanfield, PhD

Pre-health advisors are keenly aware of data and spend considerable time reviewing it. Advisors analyze the data presented by health professional school associations, the data presented in professional updates at regional and national meetings, the data collected from students on rates of admission to health professional school, and the data on student performance on standardized tests.

8. The Interprofessional Case Learning Project: Making a Case for Interdisciplinary Advising in Health Professions Education

Emily J. Wilson, MPH, MS, CHES
Nalini Broadbelt, PhD
Michelle Young, PhD

Three junior faculty members from biology, chemistry, and public health disciplines working within a small private health professions university collaborated on an interprofessional case learning project (ICLP). The goal for the ICLP was to provide pre-health professions students with hands-on opportunities for critical thinking, problem-based learning, and interdisciplinary development. While the ICLP was originally conceived as a chance for students to engage in interprofessional education (IPE) through collaborative teaching and learning, the faculty team came to realize over the course of the project that IPE was indeed essential to their own advising process and practices as well.

9. Book Review: Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Ward

Reviewed by Robert Cannon, PhD

In case you were wondering about how a book gets picked for a review in The Advisor, I thought that I would begin my review of “Sometimes Amazing Things Happen” by Dr. Elizabeth Ford by telling you. In early July, there were short reviews in the NY Times Sunday Book Review section of four books written by physicians (see the titles/authors at the end of this review.)

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