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Director, Pre-Health Advising
Misty Huacuja-LaPointe is originally from Houston, Texas and retains her use of "y'all" as well as her enjoyment of spicy cuisine. Her professional career has taken Misty to Minnesota, Iowa, and Massachusetts. In her spare time, Misty enjoys spending time with her family, photography, traveling, and cooking. An unabashed foodie, Misty loves to talk about recipes and spices, and is always interested in hearing about new restaurants or foods to try. Or just ask her about her (beloved) camera.
Support and Advising
The Brandeis University community encourages and empowers students to reach their academic goals. Our small cohort of approximately 20-30 post-bac premedical students receives support through all aspects of the post-bac premedical program and the admission application process for health professions schools, including:
Post-baccalaureate premedical students receive ongoing academic support from the departments, from the post-bac program manager, and from the director of health professions advising. Students with disabilities access specific support and accommodations through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Health Professions Experience and Assistance with Clinical Volunteer Placement
In addition to taking courses, post-bac students are strongly encouraged to gain relevant experience through the wealth of world-class medical resources that the Boston area has to offer. Post-baccalaureate premedical students volunteer at local hospitals, clinics, and social service agencies in Boston, Waltham and surrounding communities. Some of the sites have included Brigham & Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
SPECIAL OPTION: Our post-bac premedical program has a special collaboration with Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston where students receive hospice training and are assigned to serve one patient at a time.
Our year-long clinical seminar for post-bac students only, led by a physician, meets 6 times each semester in the first year and features guest speakers from a variety of health care practices.
Highly-Structured Support for the Application Process
In the process of applying to health professions schools, students are assigned an advisor from Brandeis' Board of Premedical Advisors. All students are interviewed by the Board, and a composite letter of recommendation is prepared for each applicant. In addition, workshops are offered throughout the year on the application process, personal essay writing, and interviewing.
Composite Letter of Recommendation
Each post-baccalaureate premedical student receives a composite letter of recommendation, in which a summary is written regarding his/her candidacy to health professions schools. All faculty recommendations are included and sent to the schools that the student designates. Many health professions schools prefer composite letters of recommendation to individual letters.