If you are contemplating a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing or other health profession, how do you start? Begin with basic science courses. Volunteer and serve others. Find experiences where you can engage with patients and people with health care needs and observe the health profession you are contemplating. There is no rush to do these things. Completing courses and preparing for a health career will take you several years. Set a flexible plan that you can evaluate and adjust yearly, be open to opportunities, work with your prehealth advisor, and refer to this website when you have questions.
What Should You Do?
- For new students we have two documents that may make your planning a little easier
- Prehealth Tips for Fall 2019 (a guide for choosing classes in your first semester at Duke)
- Prehealth Guide for First and Second Year Students Fall 2019 (an overall view of prehealth planning; this is handed out at the Prehealth Info Session during Orientation each year)
- Sign up for the email listserv
- Check this website when you have questions
- Plan to meet with your Prehealth Advisor at least once a year
- If you are a predental or prevet join the student group