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Pre-Med Advising

 

Our PreMed Advising team is here to assist any Alaska resident interested in becoming a physician in Alaska, regardless of university affiliation or school standing.


Beginning this fall, the Alaska WWAMI School of Medical Education and the College of Health at UAA are delighted to offer a new Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies. This certificate is designed to help those students who already have a baccalaureate degree prepare themselves for medical school and complete their pre-requisite coursework.


 What we offer:

  • General questions for Alaskan students considering medical school
  • Contact person for high school or college advisors working with students interested in becoming physicians
  • Guidance on medical school application requirements
  • General program information for Alaska WWAMI (Alaska's Medical School)
  • Support during the medical school application process
  • Committee Letters for UAA students
  • MCAT preparation (with Dr. Uffenbeck)
  • Preparing yourself to be a medical student (with Dr. Uffenbeck)

Our PreMed Advisors:

Dr. Ian van Tets, PhD
Email: igvantets@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-786-4705
Advising Meeting Link*
*We have been experiencing issues with our scheduling links. If you have a UA ID and this link does not work for you, you can schedule an appointment through Seawolf Tracks. More information is available on the Seawolf Tracks webpage. If you do not have a UA ID or continue to have issues, please reach out to the UAA COH Advising Student Success Center for assistance.

Dr. van Tets is a physiology professor who teaches physiology-related courses for UAA's Department of Biological Sciences and for AK WWAMI. As a result, he is familiar with both the undergraduate science programs offered at UAA and the MD program offered by Alaska WWAMI. Dr. van Tets has provided pre-medical advising to Alaskan students from 2006 onwards--initially in his role as Director of AK WWAMI's Della Keats pathways program and from 2013 as a faculty pre-medical advisor.

Dr. Shannon Uffenbeck, PhD
Email: sruffenbeck@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-786-6975
Advising Meeting Link*
*We have been experiencing issues with our scheduling links. If you have a UA ID and this link does not work for you, you can schedule an appointment through Seawolf Tracks. More information is available on the Seawolf Tracks webpage. If you do not have a UA ID or continue to have issues, please reach out to the UAA COH Advising Student Success Center for assistance.

Dr. Uffenbeck is a professor and academic support coordinator for the WWAMI School of Medical Education where she teaches cell physiology to first-year medical students in addition to helping students adopt successful learning strategies for both coursework and exam preparation. Dr. Uffenbeck has spent the last four years helping prospective WWAMI students strategize their personal journey to becoming a physician.


Advising Information

  • I am a... High Schooler
    Take classes that challenge you, such as advanced-placement (AP) courses in science or mathematics. When applying for medical school, all required courses must be taken at a college or be college accredited.

    Begin collecting volunteer hours and seek out shadowing experience. Volunteering can be in any capacity and does not need to involve the medical field. To shadow a physician, reach out to a doctor or other medical professional whose work may pique your interest, and ask them if you can shadow them for a period of time.

    We recommend that you document your volunteer and shadowing hours so that it is easy to recall your experiences when it comes time to put together your medical school applications.

    See WWAMI requirements. Reach out to wwami-premedadvising@alaska.edu with any questions.
  • I am a... College Freshman or Sophomore
    Undergraduate students in their first two years of college do not qualify for one-on-one pre-med advising appointments. We recommend that you communicate with your academic advisor within your discipline. Bring along the WWAMI course requirements below to help you plan out your undergraduate trajectory.

    Choosing a college degree program can be a difficult decision. For WWAMI, any Bachelor's degree will suffice, as long as you complete required courses. While you should pursue a degree that interests you, it can be more difficult to integrate the required course load into some degree programs than others. Degrees to consider avoiding include professional degree programs like Engineering or Nursing. These intensive programs are time-consuming and have requirements that do not include many of the same courses required for medical school, making it extremely difficult to fit those courses into ones schedule and graduate on time.

    Begin collecting volunteer hours and seek out shadowing experience. Volunteering can be in any capacity and does not need to involve the medical field. To shadow a physician, reach out to a doctor or other medical professional whose work may pique your interest, and ask them if you can shadow them for a period of time.

    See WWAMI requirements. Reach out to wwami-premedadvising@alaska.edu with any questions.
  • I am a... College Junior, Senior or a Non-Traditional Student

    Students in their last two years of college and non-traditional students qualify for Pre-Med Advising through WWAMI. Prospective medical students are encouraged to meet with a pre-med advisor to discuss course schedules, preparation for entrance exams, completion of applications, coordination of letters of recommendation and other topics applicable to the development of a suitable undergraduate program and effective application to medical school. WWAMI pre-med advising is available to anyone seeking an advanced degree in a healthcare field.

    Set up an advising appointment at your convenience with one of our PreMed Advisors listed above.

    Reach out to wwami-premedadvising@alaska.edu with any questions.

    Our Advising team is currently transitioning to new scheduling software. If you are experiencing difficulties with our OnceHub (ScheduleOnce) software, please reach out to wwami-premedadvising@alaska.edu, and someone will be able to assist you.

    We appreciate your patience during this transition!

Still looking for answers?

If your questions were not answered above, contact us with your specific questions.

Our Advising team is currently transitioning to new scheduling software. If you are experiencing difficulties, please reach out to wwami-premedadvising@alaska.edu, and someone will be able to assist you.

We appreciate your patience during this transition!