Hi everyone! The general/academic advisor uve had throughout my entire college career so far recently decided to move. I loved him because he actually knew what he was talking about when it came to advising me for my medical career. (He was actually a pre-health advisor too, I just got lucky.) I went to him for a lot of big academic decisions, and I can’t imagine having made it this far at Umich without him. The new advisor the university assigned to me in his place is just awful, doesn’t know a thing about pre-health, and actually tried discouraged me from aiming for med school. I can’t possibly go to this guy to advise me in making big life/career decisions. Does/did anybody have a great general advisor that was really helpful when it came to being pre-health? I really need an advisor that I know will not only guide me in the right direction, but also support me!
Hi! Thank you for your question!
If you are looking for a new general advisor, I wholeheartedly recommend Bryan Abma! He is my LSA general advisor and he is very knowledgeable about all aspects of how to be a successful pre-health student at UMich.
He has been able to answer most of my pre-health questions. He never gives out incorrect information and when he can’t answer a question at that time, he always sends me a follow-up email later with either information that he has found or he’ll refer me to a pre-health advisor as they could better answer the question! He has been very helpful with deciding what pre-health courses I should take each semester as he was aware of the general workload associated with each course. Also, he brings up what combinations of pre-health courses that he has seen students in the past be successful with! As well, he has provided me with so many different resources in finding clinical experience and volunteer work in Ann Arbor! Like, I was able to volunteer at a hospice during my freshman year (before COVID hit) because of some really helpful links he sent me that detailed some clinical experience opportunities in AA!
Honestly, even outside of my pre-health questions and concerns, he is a really good person to talk to about how to handle the pre-health lifestyle. I have gone to him a couple of times just to talk about how the school/extracurricular balance has been overwhelming and he just takes the time to listen to my concerns and even helps me come up with solutions to alleviate my stress. Overall, he has been an awesome advisor (for both pre-health and general questions) and I would recommend him!
To schedule an appointment with him, you can make an general advising appointment on the LSA Newnan Advising Center and choose his name for the advisor you want to meet with!
I hope this answers your question! If you have any other questions, please feel free to post them to the Q&A! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Raheem, PMH Advisor