We are excited to share some updates about the Pre-Professional Health Advising (PPHA) Office that have taken place over the past few months. PPHA and VCU Career Services are joining forces in order to offer you a more holistic pre-professional health advising experience.

What does this mean for you?

Flexible Options for Booking Appointments
You can schedule advising appointments via Handshake, our Career Services portal. The Pre-Professional Health Advisors will be located in University Student Commons.

How to make an appointment in Handshake:

  1. Log into Handshake with your VCU ID and password
  2. Click Career Center on the top right of the page
  3. Click Appointments
  4. Click VCU Career Services
  5. Pick an Advisor to meet with and follow the prompts to reserve your appointment

While we encourage students to continue to meet with their preferred PPH advisor, we now have more flexible scheduling to allow you to see any career advisor on the PPH & STEM-H team! This will mean less waiting and more availability to choose from.

Advisor updates:
Sonya Barnes will be transitioning off of the PPH advising team by early June as she assumes her new role as Assistant Director of Health Sciences Career Advising for the Medical Center Campus.

Andy Kandell will also be transitioning off of the PPH advising team and on to the first year advising team in University Academic Advising where he will now work with all incoming pre-professional health freshmen.

Brian Cone and William Burke will join Cody Rogalski as PPH & STEM-H Career Advisors.

Please feel free to reach out to Brian, Cody or William for pre-professional health advising!

Streamlining Requirements to Maintain PPH Advising Track
The only requirement you will now need to maintain your Pre-Professional Health Advising track is a cumulative 2.7 GPA.

The other components we have required (journals, advising appointments, job shadowing) are all still critical to your future success in professional health admissions, but our goal is to maximize access to resources to help all VCU students seeking advising guidance or career development support in these career paths.

You are still strongly encouraged to meet with your major advisor and a pre-professional health career advisor at least once a semester to confirm that you are on the path to being a competitive applicant for pre-professional health programs, and to support any updates in your career interests and intended pathway.

Pre-Professional Health & STEM Career Advising Team

Megan Hollis – Associate Director, Health Sciences and Pre-Professional Health and STEM Career Advising
Cody Rogalski – Assistant Director, Pre-Professional Health and STEM Career Advising
William Burke – Career Advisor, Pre-Professional Health and STEM Career Advising
Brian Cone – Career Advisor, Pre-Professional Health and STEM Career Advising