Post-Baccalaureate Course Work Option Application Now Available

The Amherst College Health Professions Committee is currently accepting applications from sophomores for the Post-Baccalaureate Course Work Option. The College will support up to three students in the Class of 2020 to return to Amherst for one or two semesters after graduation during 2020-2021, in order to boost their proficiency in science, complete science requirements for medical school, and take additional science courses as needed. Learn more and download the application.


Information for Fall 2019 Medical, Dental and Veterinary School Matriculants

Are you planning to apply to medical, dental, or veterinary school to begin in Fall 2019?  We welcome you to our community of applicants through our office and the Amherst College Health Professions Committee. We are excited to work with all of you over the next year and a half throughout your application process.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns, and keep in close touch with us throughout the process. 

Fall 2019 applicants meeting audio

Registration for Fall 2019 Matriculation is now open!

Dear Members of the Classes of 2019, 2018, and ALUMNI FROM THE CLASSES OF 2017 and earlier,

The application season is underway for students planning on applying to medical school, and veterinary, dental, osteopathic, and physicians assistant school, with assistance from the Health Professions Committee for entrance in the fall of 2019.

We are available to assist you with the entire process of applying, obtaining letters of recommendation, negotiating the various web sites for registration, planning your study for the MCAT exams, developing your resume and personal statement, and interview skills.   

As detailed in the Amherst Guide for Premedical Students, the Health Professions Committee will write a letter of recommendation on your behalf that will serve as a cover summary letter to your application packet.   We will receive your application materials and provide an electronic application file that we will upload for distribution to the medical schools you are applying to.  If a school does not use electronic distribution to receive applications, we will mail hard copy packets for you.

In order to state your intention of applying to medical, dental or veterinary school in 2018 for August 2019 matriculation through the Amherst Health Professions Committee, chaired by Prof. Loinaz, you will need to REGISTER ONLINE HERE between November 1 - December 1, 2017. It only takes a few minutes. If you are not a current student, you will need to sign in with your Amherst alumni login to register. It only takes a few minutes, but must be done to keep you on our list. We will later send an in-depth questionnaire, which will be due no later than January 1, 2018.

Please contact the Loeb Center with any questions at 413-542-2265 or

Dean Richard Aronson, MD, MPH, Health Professions Advisor, and Prof. Loinaz, Chair of the Health Professions Committee, and the other committee members are here to support you and we look forward to working with you.


Richard Aronson, Health Professions Advisor         
William Loinaz, Health Professions Committee Chair 


Appointments with Dean Richard Aronson

To schedule a 30 minute appointment with Dean Aronson:

  • Alumni, please call the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning at 413-542-2265.


Careers in Health Professions Advising and Mentoring Program

The Amherst College Careers in Health Professions Program carries out the following:

1. Advise, mentor, and provide various forms of academic and career counseling to about 400 students and young alumni per year. They are all, at various stages, exploring and pursuing a career in the health professions - any kind of career. Although many of these individuals are aiming for a medical career as a doctor, a large number are interested in a wide variety of health professions - from dentistry and nursing and physical therapy to mental health, psychology, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, medical social work, community health worker, and in increasing numbers, public health - including global health. This is all very exciting! Students from all classes are encouraged to meet with Dr. Richard Aronson by making an appointment on-line through Quest. In fact, we strongly recommend that all students exploring a career in health professions meet with Dr. Aronson at least once per year, either at a regular appointment or during the drop-in hours when classes are in session.

 2. Guide about 50 to 60 pre-med students and young alumni per year through the 20 month long medical school application process that starts in January of the year before matriculation. Important: If you plan to apply to medical school for matriculation in August 2018, send an email to Erin Cherewatti, the Health Professions Coordinator, and meet with Dean Aronson at least once during the fall of 2016 in advance of the official start of the 2017-2018 application cycle. This process includes gathering materials, and preparing and writing a Health Professions Committee Letter of recommendation for each applicant. This culminates in the uploading of the committee letters, along with 4 to 5 individual letters of recommendation, to the medical schools in late July. It’s important for pre-med students to start meeting with Dean Aronson and Professor of Physics William Loinaz (Chair of the Health Professions Committee) from early on, well before the application season starts, and preferably when they first decide to explore a health related career of any kind. A workshop on writing the personal statement is held every year in December, and registration and a detailed questionnaire are due on January 1 of the year before matriculation.

 3. Help students seek health-related internships, jobs, fellowships, and apply to other health professions graduate schools.

 4. Serve as liaison and support to the student-run campus organizations that relate to health: GlobeMed, Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, and Charles Drew Health Professions Society.

 5. Serve as advisor to the peer mentoring pre-health program.

 6. Serve as general academic advisor to a group of first year students and sophomores.

 7. Coordinate the Michael Kauffman Research Fellowship, and help run the Amherst College Post-Bac Program.