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Health Professions Advising

Health Professions Advising

There is more than one path to a health career. Find yours.

Our team of Health Professions Advisors is integral to your pre-health experience at Oregon State University. OSU has an experienced Pre-Medical Committee composed of experienced academic advisors and faculty from departments across the OSU campus. They meet with students and help them with all aspects of the planning, preparation and application for professional graduate programs.

Pre-health majors are encouraged to meet with an assigned advisor, who will help them stay on track with relevant prerequisite and elective courses, help them understand and meet professional school admission requirements and write letters of recommendation for professional school.

In addition to your primary advisor, pre-health professions advisors will guide you on every step of your journey —from first-year orientation to graduation — to help you reach your academic goals and develop and succeed as future health professionals. No matter your major, every College of Science student with an interest in medical, dentistry, pharmacy and other health graduate programs can seek guidance from a pre-health advisor.

In addition to step-by-step guidance to ensure you are well prepared for the health program application process, our health professions advisors can help you:

  • Plan course selection each year
  • Identify and apply for transformative learning opportunities in the summer that include job shadowing in a health career, clinical volunteering experiences, medical internships, undergraduate research scholarships as well as study abroad programs.
  • Evaluate and explore career options in health and wellness.
  • Review your academic success and discuss careers in the field of health
  • Help you broaden your university life by exploring ways to get involved in extracurricular activities during your freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior years (e.g., student clubs, leadership, undergraduate research opportunities, volunteering).

Impressive outcomes

Our exceptional pre-health advising program ensures an impressive admission rate to medical school. OSU pre-med graduates are very well-prepared and gain admission to medical schools all across the country. Generally, about 60-75% of OSU applicants are admitted compared to 33-40% nationally. OSU students have been admitted to medical schools all across the United States, including Harvard, Yale, Oregon Health & Sciences University, University of Chicago, UCLA, Western University, Michigan State University and others.

Pre Health Advisors collaged headshots
Pre-Health Advisors (from left to right, top to bottom): Kari Van Zee, Shawn Massoni, Alex Beck, Cody Duncan, Maureen Leong-Kee, Jeffrey Walker, Daniel Myles, Neal Sleszynski, Linda Bruslind, Alison Evans)

Make an appointment with pre-health advisors

If you are majoring in biochemistry and biophysics or biochemistry and molecular biology, please contact Dr. Kari Van Zee for pre-med specific questions.

Dr. Kari Van Zee

Office
Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2141

Email
kari.van.zee@oregonstate.edu

Phone
541-737-1773

For detailed instructions for making an advising appointment, please visit the advising page at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

BioHealth Science (BHS) pre-med majors are encouraged to meet with their assigned advisors from the first year onwards in order to make sound academic decisions consistent with their abilities and career goals.

BHS students can seek advising appointments with Dr. Shawn Massoni (last name: L-M) and Alex Beck (last name: N-Z). Students with last name A-K, please contact Massoni or Beck.

Dr. Shawn Massoni

Office
Nash Hall 333

Email
shawn.massoni@oregonstate.edu

Phone
541-737-7020

Alex Beck

Email
alex.beck@oregonstate.edu

Phone
541-737-5414

BHS pre-med seniors applying to medical school in 2020 meet with Dr. Linda Bruslind (last name: A-L) or Dr. Allison Evans (last name: M-Z) about a pre-med committee letter for your application.

For detailed instructions for making an advising appointment, please visit the biohealth sciences advising page.

Biology students interested in human health, wellness or health profession careers:

Cody Duncan

Dentistry, Medicine, health/wellness professions (Students with last name starting with L-Z)

Office
3029 Cordley Hall

Email
cody.duncan@oregonstate.edu

Tel
541-737-2993

Maureen Leong-Kee

Medicine, health/wellness professions (Students with last names starting with A-K)

Office
3029 Cordley Hall

Email
Maureen.Leong-Kee@oregonstate.edu

Tel
541-737-2993

For detailed instructions for making an advising appointment, please visit the advising page at the Department of Integrative Biology.

Chemistry majors interested in medicine and health professions, please contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Walker

Office
Gilbert 233

Email
jeffrey.walker@oregonstate.edu

Tel
541-737-6762

Dr. Daniel Myles

Office
Gilbert 145

Email
daniel.myles@oregonstate.edu

Tel
541-737-6756

Dr. Neal Sleszynski

Office
Gilbert 231

Email
neal.sleszynski@oregonstate.edu

Tel
541-737-6761

For detailed instructions for making an advising appointment, please visit the advising page at the Department of Chemistry.

If you are a microbiology pre-med major, please meet with:

Dr. Linda Bruslind

(last name A-L)

Office
322 Nash Hall

Email
bruslindl@oregonstate.edu

Tel
541-737-1842

Dr. Alison Evans

(Last name: M-Z)

Office
Nash Hall 326

Email
allison.evans@oregonstate.edu

Tel
541-737-5958

Dr. Kenton Hokanson

Office

Nash Hall 334

Email

kenton.hokanson@oregonstate.edu

Tel

541-737-1840

For detailed instructions for making an advising appointment, please visit the advising page at the Department of Microbiology.

If you are majoring in physics or mathematics, please contact Maureen for pre-med and pre-health specific questions.

Maureen Leong-Kee

Office
3029 Cordley Hall

Email
Maureen.Leong-Kee@oregonstate.edu

Tel
541-737-2993