First Year Advising
CPHA advises students to spend their first year on campus intentionally exploring majors and careers, building strong relationships with their academic advisors, and getting involved on and off campus. Join a student organization, volunteer in the community, or work in a campus lab … These are just a few excellent ways to set yourself up for success as a pre-health student!
First year students are also advised to meet with us during First Year Fridays drop-in hours. Each Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm, CPHA hosts first come, first serve drop in advising specifically for first year students. If you are interested in a career in health care and would like to speak with an advisor, come up to our office for Friday drop-ins! If you can’t make it on Fridays, you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or correspond with an advisor via our online orientation course.
We require all first-year students interested in health care to complete our free, non-credit online orientation, “Preparing for Professional Programs in Health Care.” The orientation provides you the skills and information you need to prepare for your career from your first day at UW – Madison by helping you choose a major, plan coursework, find extracurricular activities, and understand the application process for professional health programs. Sign up for the online orientation here.
The online orientation is mandatory for all first year students (and highly recommended for transfer students) who wish to use advising resources at the Center for Pre-Health Advising, including scheduling face to face advising appointments.
During your first year at UW – Madison, you should complete the online orientation and begin the process of volunteering at a hospital or other facility (learn more through the online orientation course!) before scheduling advising appointments with CPHA during sophomore year. We look forward to making appointments with you in your sophomore year after you have completed the orientation and begun volunteering! In the meantime, come see us at First Year Fridays!
Making an Advising Appointment (So, Jr, Sr, and transfer students)
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and transfer students should click on a link below to make an appointment with an advisor.
Indicate the reason for your appointment, your professional interest (MD, PA, etc.), and year on campus. Appointments missing this information WILL BE REMOVED.
30 minute appointments:
Course planning ONLY
60 minute appointments:
Course planning + extracurriculars
Prep for application
Personal statements (email to CPHA 48 hours IN ADVANCE)
- We recommend trying to schedule a 60 minute mock interview through our online scheduling system first. If there are no time blocks available before your interview date, please call our office at 608-263-6614 to schedule one. Our advising intern will want to know when and where you are doing your interview.
Drop-In Advising and Email
For Spring 2018, visit us during one of our drop-in advising sessions in the Middleton Building, second floor, at the following times (beginning January 23, 2018):
- Tuesdays, 12:30pm – 3:30pm (So, Jr, Sr, applicants only)
- Wednesdays, 12:30pm – 3:30pm (So, Jr, Sr, applicants only)
- First Year Fridays, 9:00am – 12:00pm (First Year students only)
Have a brief question? Please email us at email@example.com.