Health Professions Advising Programs
Learn about the programs managed or co-managed by the HPA Office at UM-Dearborn. Be part of advising, mentoring, professional schools visits, clinical research or pre-health professions student groups while you are on your pre-Health Professions student journey.
HPA New Student Sessions (HPA NSS)
Want to get ready to be pre-med, pre-dent, pre-pharm, pre-optometry, pre-vet, pre-PA, pre-PT, pre-OT, pre-Genetic Counseling?
Each Fall, Winter, and Spring, HPA NSS are offered to new (freshmen or transfer) students at UM-Dearborn. Given in-person or by Zoom, the HPA NSS cover all of the basics you need to know to be a HP-track student at UM-Dearborn and successful applicant to Health Professions graduate school. Courses, extra-curriculars, clinical expectations, application strategies, "what's your mission?" and more! Come ready to learn!
The next round of HPA NSS are in Fall 2022. Please use document below for information about the HPA NSS for times and location.
Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program (EMRAP)
The University of Michigan-Dearborn, in partnership with Madonna University and St. Mary Mercy Health System, created and manages the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program (EMRAP) since 2015-16.
Each year, through a very competitive application process, 8-10 UM-Dearborn upperclass pre-Health Professions students participate in the program. Currently 10 UM-Dearborn pre-Med track or pre-physician assistant track students are EMRAP associates.
Health Professions Schools Information Fair (HP Schools Info Fair)
The HPA Office in partnership with Career Services created and implements the annual HP Schools Info Fair annually in March for all UM-Dearborn pre-Health Professions track students.
In March 2019, 101 UM-Dearborn pre-Health Professions track students attended and 32 graduate Health Professions schools recruited including all seven state of Michigan medical schools and many other graduate Health Professions schools from Michigan and around the country.
Due to COVID-19, the event was canceled in March 2020.
In March 2021, 235 UM-Dearborn and UM-Ann Arbor pre-Health Professions track students attended a virtual week long event with 40 plus schools represented by 25 Universities and programs. The 2021 UM-Dearborn Health Professions Schools Information Fair was a great success! Thank you to all who participated.
In March 2022, the annual HP Schools Information Fair returned in-person after a three year absence. Approximately 75 students interacted with 23 schools and programs with much energy in the room.
We look forward to the 2023 HP Schools Info Fair!
Pre-Med Alumni Mentoring Program
In 2015, UM-Dearborn alumni, Mariam Ayyash, MD '19 UMMS, '13 B.S., and Zeinab Rizk, MD, '17 UMMS, '13 B.S., founded the UM-Dearborn Pre-Med Alumni Mentoring Program, in partnership with the HPA Office, and the Office Alumni Engagement.
UM-Dearborn pre-med, pre-PA and pre-podiatry students participate in this program through an annual competitive application process each fall semester. Currently, 49 pre-med track students are partnered with 36 UM-Dearborn alumni who are in medical schools in the state of Michigan or in the mid-west. Sophomores and Junior pre-meds, look in your emails at the start of the school year for your application to this program!
Read more about this amazing program in the Spring 2019 Legacy.
Pharmacy Preferred Admission Program
Do you want to be on the frontline of healthcare? As a future pharmacist, you're part of the community either as a retail pharmacist, or in the hospital, research lab, industry or academia. We're excited to share about the Pharmacy Preferred Admission Program the University of Michigan-Dearborn has with the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor College of Pharmacy (UM-COP).
Up to ten (10) UM-Dearborn students, either high school student admitted to UM-Dearborn or first year UM-Dearborn student, will be granted conditional assurance of admission annually to UM-COP. These students will earn their bachelor's degree from UM-Dearborn. Together with Health Professions Advising team, the students will work on which courses to take to best prepare academically and co-curriculars to work on for the PharmD program at UM-COP. If they meet the PharmD admission requirements, these students will have reserved seats in the UM-COP's PharmD program, setting them on the course for a successful career in the pharmacy field. If you have questions, please meet with our HPA Director.
Early Assurance Program (EAP)
Do you have college years of service working with underserved communities? If you're truly committed to serving the medically underserved locally (Michigan) and globally as a physician, then Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine (CHM), the allopathic (MD) medical school, may be for you! See MSU CHM Admissions.
UM-Dearborn formed a partnership with MSU CHM Early Assurance Program (EAP). You can read more about the partnership. This isn't an early decision program. Rather, if MSU CHM is your first-choice medical school and your mission is their mission, then the MSU CHM EAP is something you may want to pursue.
Learn more when MSU CHM visits campus each fall to share information about their medical school (CHM) and the EAP. Set up an appointment with the HPA Director to find out if the EAP is your patheway and how to prepare your EAP application because the application cycle is not the same as the typical cycle. Please note: The UM-Dearborn MSU CHM EAP is not for UM-Dearborn alumni, or those seeking an early-decision program, or those already in the current MD or DO application cycle.
Currently enrolled UM-Dearborn students or alumni:
Email is best way to reach any member of the HPA Team
- The HPA Team works in the HPA Office in START on M-F, 8 am - 5 pm with HPA appointments held 9 am - 4 pm, M-F.
- HPA Director appointments are virtual only and some appointments in-person.
- Request an appointment by the HPA Office email or through the START front desk to meet with any member of the HPA Team.
Please follow the HPA appointment policy and instructions sent after your HPA New Student Session or beginning of the semester to request a HPA appointment.