Prepare

Ready to Get Started?

You should use your time at Duke to complete required courses and gain experience in clinical areas, as well as to become an accomplished, unique individual, knowledgeable about the world we live in. There is no rush to make a decision about medicine. There are many paths to medical school and other health professions and we encourage you to take a route that works best for you, based on your background and interests and skills.

All health professions schools look for applicants who are skilled, passionate, and committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others. They expect a strong foundation in the sciences and experience in the health field in which you intend to work. Life experiences that come through activities such as study abroad, leadership roles on campus, service to the community and to Duke, jobs, internships etc., are important as they will demonstrate your resilience, maturity, organization, cultural sensitivity, motivation and drive.

Many of your experiences at Duke can have a profound influence on your life after medical school.

Our Objective

The objective of the Office of Health Professions Advising (HPA) is to help you make plans, evaluate your choices, and then to prepare for your formal application to the health professions schools of your choice and successfully complete each step in the process. There are certain steps that will be required of you in working with us. We will ask you to:

  • think ahead
  • plan
  • inform yourself of the requirements and expectations of schools
  • be realistic in selecting schools to which you will apply
  • attend to detail
  • meet deadlines

For New Students

We have compiled a few handouts that will make your planning a little easier. Although much of this information is also found on our website, we encourage you to print these out and keep them handy.

Note to Pre-Vet and Pre-Dental Students

The information on this site refers primarily to the application process to medical, dental and veterinary schools. Information for medical and dental schools is similar; however, veterinary schools may have slightly different requirements. For additional information on dental and veterinary schools, see the Duke Pre-Dental Society website and Duke Pre-Vet Society website.