Health Professions Advising at Franklin & Marshall, a division of the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development, serves F&M students and alumni who are considering careers as healthcare providers. “Pre-health” students are headed toward medical, dental, and veterinary school, as well as programs qualifying them to become physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacists, optometrists, leaders in public health, and a variety of other healthcare professionals. There are many decisions to be made along the pre-health path—choosing courses and timing the courses wisely, securing clinical and research opportunities, and navigating the application process. The first decision, of course, is whether or not to pursue a health profession at all, based on your interests and personal strengths. As your home base for the pre-health experience at F&M, Health Professions Advising is here to help you with all of these choices, both big and small.
Coming soon to a computer terminal near you, in 2015 actually, the New MCAT will rise up to its full height and might, a formidable dragon of a standardized test, including new sections and a longer time allotment (from the current 4.5 hours to about 6.5 hours). “Slaying” it will require the patience and focus of a saint, fearlessness in the face of the unknown, peak physical stamina, and a sharpened intellect applied in broader swipes and strokes . . .
A good number of F&M students don’t just pass through the countryside on their way from the city of Lancaster to another city or suburb. Some come from a rural setting, and plan on returning there after college. For pre-health students specifically, the goal of going home to practice medicine in a rural setting is generally met with a welcoming “hurrah!” by people in the medical field, primarily because rural communities need doctors. The impending physician shortage predicted by the AAMC and others will affect our country’s less populated areas most of all, if it hasn't already.
Off-campus study is an excellent means of developing some of the personal qualities inherent to healthcare—cultural sensitivity, powers of observation and listening skills, self-reliance, adaptability and resilience, to name a few. In your travels you might find the opportunity to observe healthcare systems different from our own (and make interesting comparisons) and see firsthand how varied cultural attitudes toward health, healing, and doctors can be.
The Health Care Handbook stares up at me from its place next to my computer bag, my ever-present phone, and a miniature regiment of TV remote controls. A fairly slim volume of two hundred pages or so, the Handbook calls itself 'a clear and concise guide to the United States health care system' . . .