Current Students

MU has pre-health advisers who assist students prepare for professional health care programs. We will work with you to plan your academic coursework, discuss your health care experiences, and assist with the application process. There’s no “right” way to prepare for these programs; working with an adviser can help you to individualize the process.

Advising Services

Appointments

If you are a currently-enrolled student or a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, you can make an appointment with a pre-health adviser in The MedOpp Advising Office by calling 573-882-3893. We encourage all freshmen and sophomores to attend our small group advising sessions through the Freshmen Connection and Sophomore Connection programs. These are individualized sessions that allow you to get your questions answered while interacting with other pre-professional students.

Students With Last Names A-L see:

Darcy Holtgrave

HoltgraveD@missouri.edu

Students with Last Names M-Z see:

Susan Geisert

GeisertS@missouri.edu

Come prepared!

Your advising appointment will be much more effective if you have written down the questions you would like to discuss.

Seminars and Workshops

Informational workshops and seminars are held throughout the academic year. Workshops are presented on the following topics:

Fall Semester

  • Medical and Dental Application Program (MDAP) Orientation

    (Juniors and Seniors)

  • Bryant Scholars Program Overview

    (Freshmen and Sophomores)

  • What Every Premed Should Know

    (Freshmen and Sophomores)

  • How to Make the Most of Your Research Experiences

    (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors)

  • How to Arrange Shadowing and Volunteering Experiences

    (Freshmen and Sophomores)

  • Freshmen Connection Advising Sessions

    (Freshmen)

  • Sophomore Connection Advising Sessions

    (Sophomores)

  • What Do I Do if I Don’t Get In?

    (Seniors)

Spring Semester

  • How to Write the Personal Statement

    (Juniors and Seniors)

  • Interview Preparation

    (Juniors and Seniors)

  • The Application Process

    (Juniors and Seniors)

  • Freshmen Connection Advising Sessions

    (Freshmen)

  • Sophomore Connection Advising Sessions

    (Sophomores)

  • Dental Day

    (All Students)

  • Mock Interview Week at the MU Career Center

    (Juniors and Seniors)

  • What is a Gap Year and Why Should I Think About One?

    (All Students)

  • MedOpp Week

    (All Students)

Electronic Communication

All MedOpp students receive communication from the MedOpp advisers through a weekly electronic newsletter.

The MedOpp Advising page on blackboard has up to date information about current events, pre-health clubs, special opportunities as well as Powerpoints, handouts and Tegrity presentations.

Whether you are now just beginning to explore medicine as a career or whether you have already completed the exploring step and know where you are going, it is important for you to self-enroll in the MedOpp Advising Program so that you become known to us and join our e-mail list and receive access to the MedOppAdvising Blackboard page. Please email medopp@missouri.edu to join.

Follow us on Twitter for programing updates and current issues! @MUMedOpp

Pre-Med Society Library

We have an ever-growing library that includes many books about healthcare and the medical field, periodicals relevant to medicine, MCAT prep materials, and much more. Books can be checked out for two weeks with the option to renew. Stop by the MedOpp Advising Office!