Advising at CPHA

We are here and ready to support you! CPHA will provide remote advising through at least the end of summer 2020.

We continue to be dedicated to inclusive, ongoing, personalized, and holistic relationships with advisees — wherever you are in the process of discovering your potential to serve others as a health care professional! We are here to support your successful pursuit of a career in a health care profession.

We know this time brings questions and uncertainties, including what decisions to make regarding COVID-related pass/fail policies and online coursework.

Please find our current recommendations hereWe can also share what we know about WISCONSIN PROGRAMS’ COVID RESPONSE POLICIES. Please keep in mind that this is a working document. We will edit and add to it as we learn more. Keep working hard and accessing academic support resources!

Please also meet with us remotely. We can still have great conversations while we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many are asking how to be involved and use time well during the pandemic. Please find our suggestions here.

Thank you for adjusting to this situation along with us — and for doing everything you can to protect people who are most vulnerable to this virus!

We are committed to providing excellent support to first year students. Mike Hill is our first year student specialist. He writes and runs the online pre-health student orientation (“Preparing for Professional Programs in Health Care”), offers drop-in advising for first year students every Friday during fall and spring semesters, and also runs Four Year (and More!) Planning workshops for first year students.

Please continue to use all of the resources that we offer first year students:

  • Preparing for Professional Programs in Health Care (sign up here). This orientation is a great introduction to all things pre-health.
  • First Year Fridays are drop-in hours dedicated entirely to first year students. Come and talk with Mike and other pre-health advisors 9 am to 12 pm every Friday morning during fall and spring semesters!
  • Four Year (and More!) Planning Workshops are offered fall and spring semesters as well. This is a time for you to begin planning your pre-health coursework and co-curricular experiences with the direct support of Mike and other pre-health advisors.
  • Quick question? Please email us at questions@prehealth.wisc.edu!

We look forward to meeting you in-person again when it is safe to do so! Stay well and protect the health of people around you.

First year student? Please see the First Year Advising tab for advising options.

If you are a second year, third year, fourth year, fifth year and or transfer student, please make an appointment to talk with us about your pre-health interests and plans using Starfish. And please monitor your email as you wait for your appointment to begin.

In the interest of public health, we will continue to meet with you remotely until it is safe to do otherwise. Please provide the following information in your appointment note:

  • Please indicate the type of remote appointment you want.
  • Please also provide two ways that your advisor can reach you (e.g., phone number, email address, Skype ID), in case there are any technical difficulties.

If you are an alum, please email us at questions@prehealth.wisc.edu, and we will help you arrange an appointment. We look forward to meeting with you remotely (by phone, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Skype). Please also continue to remember that there is no time limit to our services to you. We will be here to support you for as long as you want to work with us.

If you are in the process of applying to health professional programs, please also read the following tabs on this page: Applicants, Personal Statements, and Summer.

We look forward to working with you!

We recommend 60-minute appointments for most application conversations.

  • Application planning and timing — We will review your experiences, courses, other admissions requirements, and discuss the optimal timing of your application.
  • Personal statementsPlease see below for instructions.
  • Secondary essays — Please send your essays to your advisor 24 hours before you meet (30-minute appointments for 1 or 2 essays, 60-minute appointments for 3 or 4 essays). We typically find time to review up to 4 essays in an hour-long appointment. Please make only two appointments to talk with us about your secondaries — and make these appointments only after you receive secondaries from schools.
  • Mock interviews — Please make mock interview appointments only after being invited to interview at schools. In the appointment note, please tell us the interview format (traditional/MMI) you want to practice and the school(s) where you will be interviewing.

PERSONAL STATEMENT APPOINTMENTS

With CPHA

  • We will meet with you up to two times in appointments to work on your personal statement. Please do not schedule more than two personal statement appointments total, whether with one advisor or multiple advisors. If you no longer need an appointment, please cancel. Think of your peers who need our time as well.
  • Make an hour-long OR 45 minute appointment to work on your personal statement with us (not 30 minutes). You can schedule back-to-back 30-minute appointments, if you do not see where to toggle to a 60-minute appointment in Starfish.
    • Send your personal statement to the advisor you are meeting with (not the Questions Box) at least 24 hours before your appointment.
    • If you are an alum without access to Starfish, please email us at questions@prehealth.wisc.edu. We will help you find a time to meet with us!

With the UW-Madison Writing Center

  • In lieu of an in-person workshop, the Writing Center has made their Personal Statements for Graduate Health Professions Programs workshop (with attendant materials) available online.
  • The Writing Center also offers peer feedback groups for current students and alumni. Spots are limited, but they plan to create additional groups as demand grows. Please sign-up via the following links. Add yourself to the waitlist, if no spots are available. Someone will contact you. May 28, 12-1:15 pm and June 3, 5-6:15 pm. More will be added — find out when.
  • In addition, the Writing Center offers 45-minute appointments for current UW-Madison students for you to work on your personal statement with them. This may be done via email or video chat. Please learn more and sign up here.
  • The Writing Center also offers a list of proofreaders and editors who are all graduate students or recent PhDs. They charge very low rates for their service. Check them out.

And keep in mind, we have: SUMMER DROP-INS

  • Mondays, 9 am to 12 pm
  • Tuesdays, 1-3:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 1-3:30 pm

With CPHA

  • We will meet with you up to two times in appointments to work on your personal statement. Please do not schedule more than two personal statement appointments total, whether with one advisor or multiple advisors. If you no longer need an appointment, please cancel. Think of your peers who need our time as well.
  • Make an hour-long OR 45 minute appointment to work on your personal statement with us (not 30 minutes). You can schedule back-to-back 30-minute appointments, if you do not see where to toggle to a 60-minute appointment in Starfish.
    • Send your personal statement to the advisor you are meeting with (not the Questions Box) at least 24 hours before your appointment.
    • If you are an alum without access to Starfish, please email us at questions@prehealth.wisc.edu. We will help you find a time to meet with us!

With the UW-Madison Writing Center

  • In lieu of an in-person workshop, the Writing Center has made their Personal Statements for Graduate Health Professions Programs workshop (with attendant materials) available online.
  • The Writing Center also offers peer feedback groups for current students and alumni. Please sign up here.
  • In addition, the Writing Center offers 45-minute appointments for current UW-Madison students for you to work on your personal statement with them. This may be done via email or video chat. Please learn more and sign up here.
  • The Writing Center also offers a list of proofreaders and editors who are all graduate students or recent PhDs. They charge very low rates for their service. Check them out.
  • And for alumni, Madison Writing Assistance offers individual remote appointments for you to work on your personal statement with a writing specialist.

Summer is application season, and CPHA is here to help. We will hold drop-ins throughout the summer. We will also continue to offer appointments to UW-Madison students who have completed one year of coursework. All of the advising we offer will be remote until it is safe to meet in person. We thank you again for prioritizing the health of people who are most vulnerable to this virus!

SUMMER DROP-INS

The CPHA Drop-In Advising Sign-Up form will open for sign-ups 10-15 minutes before each drop-in session begins, and it will close at the end of the session. The form may close prior to the very end of the session, if the number students and alumni waiting in the queue will need until the end of the session to be seen.

Please read the instructions in the form carefully, keep your email open, and have a great conversation with an advisor when it is your turn to talk!

  • Mondays, 9 am to 12 pm
  • Tuesdays, 1-3:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 1-3:30 pm
APPLICATION STATEMENT APPOINTMENTS

With CPHA

  • We will meet with you up to two times in appointments to work on your personal statement. Please do not schedule more than two personal statement appointments total, whether with one advisor or multiple advisors. If you no longer need an appointment, please cancel. Think of your peers who need our time as well.
  • Make an hour-long OR 45 minute appointment to work on your personal statement with us (not 30 minutes). You can schedule back-to-back 30-minute appointments, if you do not see where to toggle to a 60-minute appointment in Starfish.
    • Send your personal statement to the advisor you are meeting with (not the Questions Box) at least 24 hours before your appointment.
    • If you are an alum without access to Starfish, please email us at questions@prehealth.wisc.edu. We will help you find a time to meet with us!

With the UW-Madison Writing Center

  • In lieu of an in-person workshop, the Writing Center has made their Personal Statements for Graduate Health Professions Programs workshop (with attendant materials) available online.
  • The Writing Center also offers peer feedback groups for current students and alumni. Spots are limited, but they plan to create additional groups as demand grows. Please sign-up via the following links. Add yourself to the waitlist, if no spots are available. Someone will contact you. May 28, 12-1:15 pm and June 3, 5-6:15 pm. More will be added — find out when.
  • In addition, the Writing Center offers 45-minute appointments for current UW-Madison students for you to work on your personal statement with them. This may be done via email or video chat. Please learn more and sign up here.
  • The Writing Center also offers a list of proofreaders and editors who are all graduate students or recent PhDs. They charge very low rates for their service. Check them out.

The CPHA Drop-In Advising Sign-Up form will open 10-15 minutes before each drop-in session begins, and it will close at the end of the session. The form may close prior to the very end of the session, if the number students and alumni waiting in the queue require until the end of the session to be seen.

Please read the instructions in the form carefully, keep your email open, and have a great conversation with an advisor when it is your turn to talk!

  • Mondays, 9 am to 12 pm
  • Tuesdays, 1-3:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 1-3:30 pm

We know this time brings questions and uncertainties, including what decisions to make regarding COVID-related pass/fail policies and online coursework.

Please find our current recommendations hereWe can also share what we know about WISCONSIN PROGRAMS’ COVID RESPONSE POLICIES. Please keep in mind that this is a working document. We will edit and add to it as we learn more.  Keep working hard and accessing academic support resources!

All of us need to be mindful. Everything that each one of us does has an impact. Please stay up-to-date on information that UW-Madison and public health agencies are sharing out about campus operations and the spread of the virus:

You are a unique group on campus — one that is made up of students and alumni who want to go into health professions. We encourage you to approach the current situation as you can imagine yourself responding as a credentialed health professional in the future. With the proliferation of COVID-19, we are seeing public health in action. We all need to know how to protect ourselves and others. Many of you work with vulnerable individuals, and we all interact with others in the commitments we keep in “normal” lifeRight now, we all need to practice physical distancing. This is for the sake of people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. And as always, we all need to:

  • wash our hands often;
  • refrain from touching our faces;
  • sneeze and cough into our elbows;
  • limit the time we spend around others who are sick; and most importantly,
  • stay home when we are sick.
Advising & Confidentiality:

We are here to support you in reaching your goals, including navigating academic or personal challenges as they relate to pursuing professional programs after graduation. While our advisors are able to keep most conversations private in accordance with FERPA, sometimes information disclosed during advising or in personal statements requires us to communicate with other support offices on campus (such as the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator).

Why are we required to discuss certain situations with other offices? Due to various federal, state, and UW policies, we are not Confidential Campus Resources when it comes to incidents such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or sexual discrimination.

Two examples of Confidential Campus Resources are University Health Services and the McBurney Disability Resource Center. To learn more about efforts related to campus safety and expectations of faculty and staff, please speak with your advisors or visit the Title IX information page and Clery Act information page.

The goal of communication is to ensure a safe and healthy campus community, and to ensure that students receive the information they personally need to be safe and healthy. However, we understand that you may have questions or concerns about these policies. Please do not hesitate to bring these up with your advisor.