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September 2015

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

The strength and richness of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions is a direct extension of that of its four regions.

2. Best Practices for Academic Institutions and Health Professions Advisors; Roll-out, Reception, Reflections, Recommendations

Elizabeth Brookins, PhD
The members of the NAAHP Professional Development and Leadership Committee

This spring, the project initiated by former NAAHP President Lori Provost in 2010 to develop Best Practices for Health Professions Advisors and Academic Institutions culminated in their approval and roll out at the 2015 Regional Meetings...

3. Premedical Advisors as Partners in Advancing Premedical Education

David Verrier, PhD
Carol Baffi-Dugan, MA
ate Fukawa-Connelly, MS
Belinda Smith, MA

What are the challenges of premedical preparation? What are the short-term practical solutions? What are the long-term visionary goals? These questions served as foundation for...

4. Cultural Sensitivity, or Avoiding the Trap of People-Watching!

Helen McNeal

Are you a people-watcher? So am I. So are most of us. And, on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the park, it’s a fun thing to do.

5. How Bioethics Can Help Students with the Multiple Mini-Interviews for Medical School

Robert Klitzman, MD
Lillian Ringel
Niki Cunningham
Megan Rigney

Every year, more medical schools are using the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) to assess applicants.

6. Narrative Medicine in the Pre-Health Curriculum

Chris Cooper, MS
Aubrie-Ann Jones, MFA, MS
Rita Charon, MD, PhD

I want to take a few minutes to tell you why I am delighted to be introducing Dr. Rita Charon, Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons.

7. Understanding Backwards: Using Counseling Strategies in Advising Pre-Health Students Who Do Not Make Progress

Julie R. Nelson, EdS, MA, MFA

Many pre-health students fall short of their dream of becoming a health care professional. Some struggle with a heavy load of science courses they do not like and often fail.

8. Developing Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety

Tricia Todd, MPH
Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH

Advisors are in a unique position to help students prepare for a health profession. As students become more and more creative in building a portfolio that allows them stand out from the competition, we find them crossing potential ethical boundaries – particularly as they relate to global health experiences.

9. Developing an Institutional Test Prep Course

Julie M. Amon, M.Ed.
Jo Ann Litton, M.A.

In the world of test preparation, students are faced with multiple options. There are many factors they consider: What format will best suit me? What will it cost?

10. What’s in a Name? Messaging Techniques for Pre-health Advisors

JoAnn Yanez, ND, MPH

Late in 2014, the NAAHP Advisory Council (AC) identified a few areas where we could contribute our skills and attributes to the NAAHP membership.

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