Meet with an Advisor

Please review the following information prior to submitting the appointment request form below.

In follow up to President Schapiro’s message, we are writing to clarify how the University’s directive impacts our services and to let you know how we will continue to support you during the current outbreak of COVID-19.
Please know that this decision aligns with NU’s goals and is consistent with evidence-based public health practice for social distancing: to limit exposure to the virus by reducing the number of occasions when people come together.

1. Effective March 13, 2020 Health Professions Advising will conduct all of its advising activities via phone or online until further notice. Students may continue to schedule appointments through Inspire, and appointments will be conducted over the phone or via Zoom. Once you schedule your appointment in Inspire, your advisor will add instructions for a phone call or Zoom meeting details in the Session Notes section of your Inspire appointment. If you do not see your advisor listed in your Inspire account, or are having trouble accessing Inspire, you may still use the “Meet with an Advisor” form accessed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at premed-prehealth@northwestern.edu
(Drop-in hours are canceled until further notice.)

2. Ahead of your appointment, you will want to do a test to ensure you can connect to Zoom and have functioning audio capabilities. Video is not necessary for appointments. To make sure you are able to access Zoom, visit http://northwestern.zoom.us

3. For those of you who are be volunteering, please remember that the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff is the top priority for any clinical site. Because of this, many sites are beginning to limit visits of non-essential personnel, friends, and even relatives. Please check with your volunteer coordinator on their response to the Covid-19 and how that affects your role. Given the circumstances, we are confident that cutting back on your volunteer hours should not have a negative impact on your application materials. 

4. Your advisor will still be able to review application materials (e.g. Personal Statement, work & activities entries, etc.) according to the following guidelines:
a. Feedback will primarily be provided digitally (i.e. tracked changes or email notes). If you would like to have a conversation with your advisor about their feedback, please schedule an appointment through Inspire and refer to additional guidance around current appointment scheduling procedure.
b. If you wish to discuss your advisor’s feedback in an appointment, drafts should be submitted via email directly to your advisor or to premed-prehealth@northwestern.edu at least one business day prior to your appointment. (E.g. if your appointment is on Monday, you must submit your draft the Friday before).
c. Your advisor will only review two drafts, and their comments will focus primarily on content.

5. To stay up to date on Northwestern’s response, please continue to monitor the University’s website.

We encourage you to stay well informed in order to make decisions that are science-based to protect yourself and others. The most reliable and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic is available on the CDC’s website. Stay healthy, stay informed, and wash your hands!

Please note: This is a service for Northwestern undergraduates and alumni only. Students and alumni of the Northwestern School of Professional Studies (SPS) are not advised by HPA. Please visit the SPS student advising site for more information.

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