Class of 2023: Welcome to the Pre-Health Community at Amherst!

Amherst College Health Professions Orientation Information: Fall 2019

By Prof. William Loinaz and Dean Richard Aronson 

Whether you have always known you wanted to be a doctor, veterinarian, dentist, nurse, physician’s assistant, mental health professional, medical social worker, physical or occupational therapist, or public health professional, or if you are just interested in exploring the possibility of a career in one of the health professions, Amherst College has information you’ll find useful, and people to help guide you throughout your time here.

Fall 2019 Health Professions Orientation Guide for Class of 2023 (PDF)

Be sure to check out the video from our Spring 2018 Health Professions Student Panel for Admitted Students & Families, too!


Amherst Careers In Health Professions

Amherst Careers in Health Professions provides exposure to a variety of options, professional development opportunities, and career advising to help students launch successful careers. The most important thing you can do to stay informed of the opportunities and events relevant to you is to register your career interests in Handshake. Also be sure to read the weekly emailed newsletter Career Columns so you don’t miss out great programs and opportunities.


Our Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Richard Aronson,  advises students who are considering careers in health. He, along with all other members of the Loeb Center, work with students to help them find internships and career opportunities and reach their academic and professional goals.


We are proud of our Peer Mentoring Pre-Health Program. This program matches experienced students with younger students to support them through the start of their pre-health journey. The program has grown and evolved since its start in 2011. Health Professions partners with the student-run Charles Drew Heath Professions Society. In addition, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has provided consultation as we focus on supporting under-resourced and under-represented first year and sophomore mentees. We view the program not only as a one-to-one mentoring program but also integral to building a sense of community among pre-health students.