New to UVM or to exploring an interest in the Health Professions? Here are 6 quick tips to set yourself up for success:

1. Research the Field

Keep your mind open as to which career path is the best fit. While some health professions are more obvious than others, you would be surprised to know just how many pathways there are to a meaningful career in health.  Invest some time in exploring pathways you might not yet considered – there are a myriad of ways to engage in the health professions!

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2. Choose a Major & Take Recommended Courses

Prioritizing your academics is essential regardless of which profession you intend to pursue. Choose a path of study that captures your interests and then excel in that path.  There is no “pre-health” major at UVM because the best providers come from rich and varied backgrounds.  That said, many health professions require credentials that includes graduate or professional school – if applicable, be sure to consider the prerequisites of such programs in choosing your courses.  You and your academic advisor can use our Course Recommendations (below) to identify UVM courses that fill the most common requirements to plan out your course of study.  

Health Professions Course Recommendations

3. Join a Club

UVM has hundreds of student clubs and organizations focused on a range of different interest areas - including 20+ related to healthcare & wellbeing. Getting involved in any student club or organization is a great way to meet new people, gain new experiences, and learn more about yourself and your interests.  Health-specific clubs can also connect you with opportunities that expand your awareness of health-related issues and connect you with others who share your passion.

Check out UVM Clubs

4. Join the Health Profession Interest Group (HPIG) on UVM Connect

HPIG affords you easy access to fellow pre-health students and hundreds of alums working in a wide variety of careers in the healthcare industry.  Additionally, members receive The Steady Pulse newsletter, ensuring you’ll never miss a beat on valuable insights and great opportunities. There is no better way to make sure you don't miss out on exciting opportunities, key insights, and a rich network of folks with shared interests.

Join HPIG on UVM Connect

And choose “Health Professions” as your Career Interest Group when completing your profile. 

From networking events to an informal meet-up after a Community Medical School lecture, there is no shortage of ways for you to connect with the Health Professions Interest Group. Check out upcoming events in the Health Professions Group on UVM Connect.

5. Stay Current

Find creative ways to keep your pulse on healthcare-related issues —through reading, listening, participating, volunteering, and engaging.

Ideas for Pre-health Students

6. Have a Conversation

Stop by PreMed Pop-Ins with quick questions for the pre-health advisor. See PreMed@UVM for hours.

Pre-Med Site


Join the Health Professions Interest Group (HPIG)

Activate your UVM Connect profile & select Health Professions as your Career Interest Group.  Join additional groups (as many as you'd like) using the Groups link in the left column.

Join HPIG on UVMConnect