Health Professions Advising

Medical Students

Link to Health Professions Portfolio

Drop-in Hours:

Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00
Thursdays, 10:00-12:00

See our calendar for Seminar schedule.

Welcome to the Director:

We are excited to extend a warm welcome to our Director of Health Professions Advising, Cathy Tempest. Cathy comes to us from the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center here at the U of R where she served as the Senior Assistant Director and Leader of the health professions, public health and science research specialty team. She has been an integral member of the health professions advising committee throughout her tenure at the University and we’re excited for her to join our staff!


Many students study as undergraduates at the University of Rochester while preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, or other health professional graduate schools. Being “pre-med” or “pre-vet” is an interest and not a program or major. It is crucial to prepare for health professions programs in a great variety of ways including, prerequisite coursework, standardized tests, involvement in health-related work experiences, involvement in research activities, community service, and engagement in extra- or co-curricular activities.

If you are interested in a career in health professions, we’re here to help.

Whether you’re applying to allopathic or osteopathic medical, dental, or other health professions programs, we can help you navigate the process.

We provide information on:

Applying to medical school is a major commitment. Before or during the process, be sure to ask yourself:

  • What are your goals? How best can you reach those goals?
  • Do you have a specific timeline you’d like to be on?
  • Are you interested in research? If you don’t have research experience, where do you start? If you’re not interested in research, what are some other options for you?
  • Are you the best candidate you can be if you were to apply to medical school today?

We can help you review your answers to these and other related questions. To contact a health professions advisor, email URhealthprofessions@rochester.edu.

NOTE TO CURRENT APPLICANTS: If you have questions about the health professions (HP) letter that are not answered on these web pages, please contact us at URhealthprofessions@rochester.edu, so we can provide you efficient and correct information. HP letters will be uploaded according to the HPQ guidelines, and on-time requests are uploaded by August 15.

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