Tech Pre-Health Advisor resigns, team fulfills duties

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Andrea Clark, the Pre-Health Advisor, resigned a few weeks ago after working for the Pre-Health community at Tech from January 2014.

A team of advisors has been deployed to look after Clark’s responsibilities until a new Pre-Health specialist is found. This team of advisors sits at the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2) with other pre-professional advisors, who are mainly within the disciplines of law and teaching, and the fellowship advisor.

Shannon Dobranski, PhD., the Director of the Center for Academic Success at Tech, leads the Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate Advising Team. She has been a faculty member at Tech for 19 years and an advisor for 14. Dobranski has looked after Pre-Health advising at Tech since 2013. According to Dobranski, Pre-Health services will continue to run smoothly while a new Pre-Health Advisor is being looked for.

“We are excited to have an entire pre-professional team to serve pre-health students as well as students exploring careers in law, teaching or academia,” Dobranski said. “Students will find that having a team of advisors located in C2D2 will give them consistent access to all the resources they need to make informed decisions about their career path.”

Pre-Health students looking for advising must make an appointment with Dobranski online. Members of the Pre-Health advising team will answer questions during walk-in hours which are on Mondays from 2–4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For those students looking for detailed answers to frequently asked questions, Pre-Health Peer Advisor Cindy Huang is available by appointment and during walk-in hours. The Letter of Evaluation (LOE) Coordinator Carmen Williams is also available to process Letters of Evaluation to upload to professional schools.

Workshops will continue to take place on the proposed dates. Many professional school interview workshops are scheduled to take place this month, and Pre-Health overview workshops will be conducted monthly throughout the semester. Pre-Health Consulate is an organization run by students, and it is currently working on the Pre-Health Opportunities Fair.

Clark contributed to the program by educating Tech students about changes to the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT), overseeing the placement of 183 students in allopathic medical schools and introducing the Pre-Health Opportunities Fair last spring.