"It is an exciting time to be the health professions advisor at Gettysburg College! Interest is booming, with over 450 students considering health professions careers, including medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing, optometry, chiropractic, podiatry, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and public health.
This is great news because there is a national shortage of healthcare providers, especially in rural and inner-city areas. Demand for healthcare providers will continue to increase with the changing state of healthcare and the aging of Americans.
The liberal arts are great preparation for a health professions career. Graduate schools want students who are well-rounded, have excellent critical thinking and communication skills, and are life-long learners.
Although biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, and health sciences are the most common majors, every year students from other majors — natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities — are accepted to medical school and other programs.
Medically-related experience is crucial. Our Center for Career Development does a wonderful job helping students find opportunities including shadowing (one day), externships (one week), and internships (160 hours). These are often transformative experiences and we greatly appreciate alumni participation.
We are always looking for alumni and parent hosts throughout the country. If you are interested, please visit www.gettysburg.edu/career to learn more and sign up to help a fellow Gettysburgian!”
Prof. Kristin Stuempfle holds a Ph.D. in physiology from the Penn State University College of Medicine. She is a co-chair of the Department of Health Sciences and serves as the campus health professions advisor. Her research centers on hyponatremia (a low blood sodium level). She joined the faculty in 1997.Posted: Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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