Brandeis Board of Premedical Advisors

Misty Huacuja-LaPointe
Director of Pre-Health Advising
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Sarita Bhalotra
Assistant Professor
Heller School/HSSP
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Rebecca Chafel
Director
Foster Research Labs
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Peter Conrad
Professor
Department of Sociology
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Sarah Curi
Lecturer
Department of Legal Studies
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Milos Dolnik
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
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Irving Epstein
Professor
Department of Chemistry
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Gerardo Garcia-Rios
Director of SSSP
Academic Services
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Sacha Nelson
Professor
Department of Biology
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Linda Pololi
Senior Research Scientist
Women's Studies Research Center
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Nicolas Rohleder
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
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Neil Simister
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
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Christine Thomas
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
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Rebecca Torrey
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
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The Premed Board Process

The Board of Premedical Advisors is composed of members of the faculty and administrators. Board members assist students and alumni who are ready to apply to medical or other health professions schools in two important ways. First, students are assigned an advisor from the Board. Advisors work with students individually as they develop the various aspects of their applications, and helps students assess the strengths and weaknesses of their candidacies. Second, the Board provides a letter of recommendation for students applying to medical or other health professions schools. Almost every health professions school requires such a letter of recommendation.

In order to receive a letter from the Board, applicants are required to take the following steps

  • Attend an Applicant Workshop session.
    Sessions are held throughout the fall semester on various days of the week. Check the premed/prehealth website at for a complete schedule (note that you need only attend one session!). A supplementary booklet about the application process is distributed at these information sessions.
  • Meet with Director of Pre-Health Advising, Misty Huacuja-LaPointe.
    In this meeting, you'll discuss your candidacy, and Misty will get to know you better, so that she can assign your Board advisor to you.  Assignments are usually made in November.
  • Have an initial meeting with your advisor.
    At this meeting, you will become acquainted with your advisor, and you will begin to talk about the various aspects of your application and about your prospects for admission. Your advisor will also help you prepare for your interview.
  • Complete required forms and other materials.
    There are a number of forms that you must fill out in order to have a composite letter written for you.  These forms will be made available via an online "class" that applicants will have access to through Latte. You must also have a draft of your personal statement completed, and a copy of your list of activities -- these will also aid you in completing your standardized application (e.g. AMCAS, AADSAS).
  • Interview with members of the Board.
    Your interview will be with a panel of 3-4 members of the Board. The interview allows the Board to become familiar with each student applying to medical or other health professions schools, and becomes the basis for the Board’s recommendation. Interviews are approximately twenty minutes long. They are held during the spring semester of each year.The interview is not meant to be stressful. Rather, it is designed to help students better understand the strengths and weaknesses of their candidacy. It also provides students an opportunity to prepare for interviews at medical and other health professions schools.
  • Have a follow-up meeting with your advisor after your interview.
    Many students have questions or may want further clarification about issues that were raised in the interview. The follow-up meeting is the best opportunity for students to receive the additional feedback they need. This is also a good opportunity for students to convey additional information about themselves that may not have been brought forward in the interview. If appropriate, such information can be included in the student's letter of recommendation from the Board.

The Composite Letter of Recommendation from the Board of Premedical Advisors
The letter of recommendation from the Board is often called a composite letter since it incorporates information from several different sources. Besides the Board interview, these sources include letters of recommendation from faculty and other individuals, the applicant's personal statement, a list of activities that the applicant has been involved in, and the applicant's academic transcript. Composite letters of recommendation are prepared and sent out during the summer. The complete letters of recommendation from individuals who have written on the applicant's behalf are sent verbatim with the composite letter. Payment of a non-refundable $60 administration fee and completion of all forms and the interview are required of all individuals who wish to have a composite letter of recommendation from the Board of Premedical Advisors.