Advising at CPHA

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

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.

Please find information below on meeting with us remotely. We can still have great conversations while we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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 virtual drop-in advising for first year students every Friday, 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. It will also be your best source for updates on drop-ins with Mike on Fridays (9 am to 12 pm)Sign up today, if you haven’t already!
  • First Year Fridays will be virtual through the end of the spring 2020 semester. Talk with Mike in his virtual drop-in advising hours via Google Meet/Hangouts every Friday (9 am to 12 pm). Other pre-health advisors will join. 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. 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!
  • Four Year (and More!) Planning Workshops will also be virtual this spring. Mike will hold workshops on March 24 & 25 via the Pre-Health Orientation Canvas course. Please learn more.
  • 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 order to meet with you remotely, we need you to 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.

APPLICATION STATEMENT APPOINTMENTS

Please make an hour-long appointment to go over your application statement(s) with an advisor. These can be your personal statement or your individual experience description statements.

* The number of drafts of application statements we review is up to the individual advisor. Advisors may choose to review two or three drafts of application statements. We recommend that you have a complete draft to work on with an advisor. It does not need to be perfect before meeting to talk about it. * Please email your statement to your advisor at least 24 hours before your appointment. And regarding secondaries, please pick one to three that you want to focus on in your appointment, tell us what these are, and email them to your advisor at least 24 hours before your appointment.

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 statements — Please send your personal statement to your advisor 24 hours before you meet. We will review up to two to three drafts of each personal statement.
  • 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.
  • Mock interviews — 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.

Please check back for information on how we will continue to provide advising support throughout the summer. We will make decisions on how we meet with students during the summer as we learn more about the spread and containment of COVID-19. Our first priority is the health of people who are most vulnerable to this virus. We will continue to provide remote advising for as long as it is needful to do so. So, the following continues to be our message to you as we head into summer 2020.

Summer is application season, and CPHA is here to help. We will continue to offer special drop-ins for applicants throughout the summer. And we will also continue to offer appointments to UW-Madison students who have completed one year of coursework. This includes applicants, alumni and transfer students. 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!

APPLICATION STATEMENT APPOINTMENTS

Please make an hour-long appointment to go over your application statement(s) with an advisor. These can be your personal statement or your individual experience description statements.

The number of drafts of application statements we review is up to the individual advisor. Advisors may choose to review two or three drafts of application statements.

Please email your statement to your advisor at least 24 hours before your appointment. When you meet with an advisor to talk about secondaries, please pick one to three that you want to focus on in your appointment, tell us what they are, and email them to your advisor at least 24 hours before your appointment.

Drop-In Advising will be virtual at CPHA through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

Spring 2020 drop-ins for first year students

Talk with a pre-health advisor via Google Meet/Hangouts every Friday (9 am to 12 pm). 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. 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!

Spring 2020 drop-ins for second year students and up

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. 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-12 pm
  • Tuesdays, 1-3:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 1-3:30 pm

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 social 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.