The Pre-Med & Allied Health Professions Coordinator will advise all undergraduate majors in CPHHS (Human Development and Family Sciences, Public Health, Kinesiology, and Nutrition), specifically those who indicate a desire to pursue the professional path of medicine. This person will serve as a significant and primary resource for other CPHHS advisors and faculty on issues related to preparation and application for clinical healthcare professions, which include, but may not be limited to, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, athletic training, dietetics, chiropractic, and naturopathy.
60% – Pre-Med and Allied Health Professional Liaison:
• Act as primary assigned academic advisor for PHHS students and alum identifying and progressing toward medical school or a health profession.
• Provide information and support for standardized test preparation, application essays, -all application processes, selection of schools, etc.
• Serve on OSU Pre-med Committee.
• Open and maintain medical school application files for students choosing to work through the PHHS Pre-med Hub.
• Write informed and individualized Committee Letters for approved applicants and retain incoming letters from all evaluators.
• Stay up-to-date with requirements and changes to medical school admissions and the MCAT.
• Maintain an accessible database tracking the number of students pursuing a Pre-Med track in the college (all majors), acceptances to medical school, PA, PT, OT, and nursing admissions, and provide an annual, data-focused report to academic leadership.
• Present to larger groups or offer instruction including workshops, seminars, or university courses
• Stay abreast of prerequisites in other allied health professional programs (particularly PT, OT, nursing, and PA) concerning admissions, applications, career trends, and competitive applicant characteristics.
• Offer informational workshops in winter terms for students interested in learning about pathways in PT, OT, PA, medicine, and nursing.
• Organize all aspects of the annual spring Mock MMI Event and collaborate with other colleges and units (Colleges of Science, Liberal Arts, and Engineering) to offer the event to OSU pre-med students.
• Primary first contact for inquiries for prospective Post-baccalaureate students interested in Dietetics; review transcripts; communicate regarding timeline to completion; refer NUTR coursework to DPD coordinator; receive admit information from PHHS designee and follow up with admitted student; provide initial advising; request course articulation updates to Admissions Operations; complete articulations in MyDegrees.
35% – Advise and Mentor Students for Academic Success:
• Individualize student selection of appropriate courses and concentrations in terms of students’ stated preferences.
• Provide one-on-one academic advising to undergraduate CPHHS students, including newly admitted and prospective.
• Engage in proactive outreach efforts to maximize student retention.
• Resolve problems related to curriculum and course prerequisites, utilizing the catalogs, online services, and other appropriate sources.
• Mentor students on academic warning, probation, and suspension, constructing a plan of action for resolution and successful integration.
• Initiate and maintain individual electronic student files as appropriate, updating, and evaluating files as new information is received.
• Review and assess transcripts including evaluation of transfer credits and applicability of academic credit to program requirements.
• Exhibit positive regard, care, concern, and respect for students, families, and colleagues via listening and interpersonal skills.
• Counsel students participating in International Study Programs to articulate course content and resolve barriers to progress toward degree completion.
• Academically evaluate student files to ensure deadlines are met for completing various graduation requirements such as course completion, credit maximums and minimums, and other specific program requirements.
• Anticipate potential impediments to graduation. Communicate evaluation to students via programs such as MyDegrees.
• Compose and create materials in support of group and/or individual recruitment efforts.
• Attend and participate in individual and group recruitment activities and/or orientations and other information dissemination sessions.
• Deliver oral presentations, differentiating content to meet the specific needs of the audience.
• Prepare and deliver presentations to represent academic faculty and programs at outreach presentations.
• Collaborate with faculty, school heads, athletic department, and other university administrators by providing requested data, recommendations, and feedback regarding course access and barriers to student success.
5% – Other:
• Other duties as required by the Head Advisor.
• Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of experience advising pre-med students or other allied health professions (with preference given for PT, OT, PA, nursing, dietetics), OR Master’s degree and one year of experience advising pre-med students and other allied health professions (with preference given for PT, OT, PA, nursing, dietetics).
• Excellent writing, interpersonal communication, public relations and presentation skills with campus and external partners.
• Skill in multi-tasking, prioritizing duties, and navigating in a fast-paced environment; strong problem-solving skills, and great attention to detail.
• Ability to take on leadership and support roles in a highly collaborative office as well as be self-directed.
• A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
• Experience interacting with the various application services for professional & graduate programs (AMCAS, AADSAS, AACOMAS, CASPA, PT-CAS, VMCAS, OTCAS).
• Ability to analyze data and identify patterns and trends.
• Master’s or higher degree in a field related to an Allied Health Profession, Medicine, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Public Health, Nursing, Science or Pharmacy.
• Experience in achieving successful outcomes in measures such as increased acceptance rates into professional schools or building partnership agreements with other institutions strongly preferred. Ability to implement actions and identify outcomes based on data.
• Active membership in the National Association for Advisors of Health Professions (NAAHP) and region association.
• Experience with Banner/Oracle, Degree Works/DARS, CORE.
• Experience mentoring and facilitating student leadership groups.
• Adept at facilitating connection and building community between students, alumni, medical/health professionals, and other stakeholders.