Brandeis Board of Pre-Health Advisors


Kate Stutz
Director of Pre-Health Advising
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Rebecca Chafel
Director
Foster Research Labs

Sarah Curi
Lecturer
Department of Health: Science, Society, & Policy, and Legal Studies

Milos Dolnik
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

Annita Hannig
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

Andrew Hart
Lecturer
Department of Health: Science, Society, & Policy

Nicole Labrecque-Blue
Program Manager
Pre-Health Advising

Maria de Boef Miara
Lecturer
Department of Biology

Sacha Nelson
Professor
Department of Biology

Linda Pololi
Senior Research Scientist
Women's Studies Research Center

Christine Thomas
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

Rebecca Torrey
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics

Abby Voss
Assistant Director
Pre-Health Advising

Emily Westover
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Andrew Wilson
Teaching Fellow
Department of Health: Science, Society, & Policy

Jutta Wolf
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

Ellen Wright
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

The Premed Board Process

The Board of Premedical Advisors is composed of members of the faculty and administrators. The Board assists current students and alumni who are ready to apply to medical or other health professions schools in two important ways. First, Advisors work with students individually as they develop the various aspects of their applications, and help 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. Medical (MD and DO), dental, podiatric medical, and optometry schools either require or very highly recommend such a letter of recommendation for applicants.

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 prehealth website at for a complete schedule (note that you need only attend one session!).
  • Submit an Intake Form and meet with a Pre-Health Advisor
    In this meeting, you'll discuss your candidacy, and the Pre-Health Advising team will get to know you better as you start the Board and committee letter process.
  • Complete required forms and other materials.
    There are a number of forms that you must fill out in order to have a committee 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 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 a Pre-Health 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 Pre-Health 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 $100 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 Pre-Health Advisors.