Talk to an Advisor

Health professions advising is available to all Duke undergraduates throughout their four years at Duke and after.

First-years and sophomores:  Your prehealth advisor is based on your first-year dorm.  You can talk with your advisor about preparation, requirements, making plans, and exploring opportunities. We recommend that you meet with your advisor at least once a year, to discuss requirements, answer any questions that you have, and to review your interests and plans. 

Juniors, seniors and recent alumni:  You are not assigned to a specific advisor.  Instead, there are several prehealth advisors (Cindy Broderius, Donna Kostyu, Brittany Morhac, Megan Tisdale, and Chris Roy) and you may choose one from among them.   If you have already worked with one of these advisors and want to continue to work with that person, you are encouraged to do so.  If you have not or aren’t sure, you can choose.  Advising focuses on final coursework, timing of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other exam, the application process, choice of schools, letters of recommendation, and gap year opportunities.  We recommend that you talk with an advisor at least once a year to be sure you are on track and will be ready to apply at the time you wish. 

We are glad to work with alumni who are within five years of graduation; alumni who have been away from Duke for longer periods are best served by working directly with health professions schools.

Please do not make appointments with more than one advisor for the same issue/time period.  You will receive the same helpful support from all advisors and this double booking leads to limited availability and confusion.  It is also better when you maintain contact with one advisor during your junior, senior and alumni years, as this helps us know you better when we write a committee letter on your behalf.

To learn more about prehealth advisors—including contact information—refer to the sections below.   If you have questions, call us at 919-684-6221 or email prehealth@duke.edu

IMPORTANT !  The HPA Office has relocated to room 333 Old Chemistry Building on West Campus (this is the large building to the right of Perkins Library); meetings with Cindy Broderius, Donna Kostyu, Brittany Morhac, and Megan Tisdale, will be at this site.

Advisors for First-Year Students and Sophomores

Your Prehealth Advisor is based on the dorm in which you live, lived in or were assigned as you entered Duke.  You will work with this advisor throughout your first and sophomore years.  If your original advisor is no longer advising, then contact the current Prehealth Advisor assigned to your first-year dorm.  Or for questions, contact the Health Professions Advising Office at 919-684-6221.

Alspaugh, Blackwell and Randolph:  Dean Donna Kostyu

Office: 333 Old Chemistry Building, West Campus
Contact Info:  919-684-6221, ddkk@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment:  call 919-684-6221 or email ddkk@duke.edu

Bassett, Epworth and Pegram:  Ms. Cindy Broderius 

Office: 333 Old Chemistry Building, West Campus
Contact Info: 919-684-6221, cynthia.broderius@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: schedule online through Advisestream; or email cynthia.broderius@duke.edu and attach a screen shot of your calendar or indicate when you are available for an appointment; or call 919-684-6221 during the day (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm)

Bell Tower, Brown and Southgate:  Dean Alyssa Perz

Office: 011 Allen Building
Contact Info: 919-684-2130, akperz@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: call 919-684-2130 during the day (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm)

East:  Dean David Rabiner

Office: 110 Academic Advising Center
Contact Info: 919-684-6217, david.rabiner@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: call 919-684-6217 during the day (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm)

Gilbert-Addoms:  Dr. Bernie Fischer

Office: 139 MSRB I
Contact Info: 919-660-0258, bernie.fischer@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: email bernie.fischer@duke.edu and attach a screen shot of your calendar or indicate when you are available for an appointment

Giles:  Ms. Megan Tisdale

Office: 333 Old Chemistry Building, West Campus
Contact Info: 919-684-6221, megan.tisdale@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment:  schedule online through Advisestream; or email megan.tisdale@duke.edu and attach a screen shot of your calendar or indicate when you are available for an appointment; or call 919-684-6221 during the day (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm)

Jarvis and Wilson:  Dr. Chris Roy

Office:  1222 French Family Science Center
Contact Info:  919-660-1518 chris.roy@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: email chris.roy@duke.edu and attach a screen shot of your calendar or indicate when you are available for an appointment

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Advisors for Juniors, Seniors and Alumni

Prehealth Advisors for juniors, seniors and alums are:

Ms. Cindy Broderius:

Office: 333 Old Chemistry Building, West Campus
Contact Info:  919-684-6221, cynthia.broderius@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment:: schedule appointments through AdviseStream Calendar

Dean Donna Kostyu:

Office: 333 Old Chemistry Building, West Campus
Contact Info:  919-684-6221, ddkk@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: call 919-684-6221 or email ddkk@duke.edu

Ms. Brittany Morhac

Office: 333 Old Chemistry Building, West Campus
Contact Info:  919-684-6221, brittany.morhac@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: schedule online throgh Advisestream; or email brittany.morhac@duke.edu and attach a screen shot of your calendar or indicate when you are available for an appointment; or call 919-684-6221 during the day (Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm)

Ms. Megan Tisdale

Office: 333 Old Chemistry Building, West Campus
Contact Info:  919-684-6221, megan.tisdale@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: schedule online throgh Advisestream; or email megan.tisdale@duke.edu and attach a screen shot of your calendar or indicate when you are available for an appointment; or call 919-684-6221 during the day (Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm)

Dr. Christopher Roy:

Office:  1222 French Family Science Center, 919-660-1518
Contact Info:  919-660-1518, chris.roy@duke.edu
To Make an Appointment: : please email Dr. Roy directly; attach a screen shot of your calendar or indicate when you are available for an appointment

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Advisors for Special Interests

For appointments, email the individual below (or call the listed phone number if a phone number is given).

PreDental Advising

Dr. Martha Ann Keels, marthaann.keels@duke.edu

PreVet Advising

Dr. Bernie Fischer, bernie.fischer@duke.edu

PrePhysical Therapy Advising

Dr. Rosie Canizares, rcc4@duke.edu

PreNursing Advising

Dr. Ernie Rushing, ernie.rushing@duke.edu

Prehealth Liaison in the Career Center

Nathan Wilson, nathan.wilson@duke.edu

PrePharmacy Advising

Cindy Broderius, 919-684-6221 or cynthia.broderius@duke.edu

Shadowing Coordinator 

Dana Horne, 919-684-6221 or dana.horne@duke.edu

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