Director's Letters

The Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising team helps students interested in healthcare fields make informed decisions about their career goals and supports them as they prepare for the application and interview process. In his monthly blog, Director Wilmore Webley shares important advice for navigating this process.

Enduring the Waiting Game and Keeping Your Sanity

The medical school application cycle is well under way. You have been a diligent pre-med/pre-health student who has visited the advising office on a regular basis. You have taken to heart all the guidance and advice offered to you, making sure that every one of your letter writers got their letters in by May. You heard that early application was the best strategy for success in getting into medical school, so you started your personal statement early, leaving plenty of time for editing, input, and corrections. You started to fill out your application as soon as it became available in May. And as soon as you could, you submitted a well-prepared application. For those of you who have received interviews and acceptances, congratulations! For others, you are in the waiting game. …

Balancing Grit and Determination with Self-regulation on the Road to Health Professions School

In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth defines grit as passion and perseverance toward long-term goals, even when faced with adversity. This commitment to long-term goals involves maintaining a vision of what one really wants to do and moving toward that goal, whether it takes a week, a month, or many years. However, grit also involves self-regulation, the ability to make choices and engage in behaviors that will ultimately lead to success. Grit therefore fuels strength, determination, and drive, while self-regulation involves directed effort, persistence, and often delayed gratification.

Discovering the Right Fit for Your Future Health Career

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that health care will be the fastest-growing employment industry between 2016 and 2026. If you are comfortable in a fast-paced environment, if you are a team player, and if the idea of lifelong learning excites you, then you might be on the right track by considering a career as a health care practitioner. However, your desire to dedicate your life to caring for and helping patients may not translate into becoming a medical doctor or a dentist. Fortunately, the field of health care is vast and offers a range of diverse and exciting opportunities. There are more than 200 health care professions to choose from, so do your research before deciding on a position that’s a good fit for you.

Rules of Re-engagement: Providing Updates to Medical and Dental Schools

For those of you whose applications to Medical and Dental schools have been submitted and all secondary/supplemental information has been provided, congratulations! To those who have had interview requests and are even now preparing to continue the interview process, we wish you all the very best and want to remind you of the excellent resources at your disposal through the Career Services offices on the UMass campus as well as directly from your PreMed/PreHealth Advising Office.

What Do Admissions Committees Look for?

I hope that you had an exciting and productive summer dotted with meaningful internships, volunteer work, research, and clinical experiences that will help make you an even more competitive candidate for your chosen health professions field.