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"Bill: Taking a Gap Year Before Medical School"

Bill felt confident about reaching his goal of becoming a doctor. At the end of five semesters at Cornell he had a 3.6 GPA. He had also been active in research. The spring semester of his junior year he registered with the Health Careers Evaluation

Health Careers

The Health Careers Program at Cornell provides a wide range of services, including advising, programs, information resources, and a Health Careers Evaluation Committee (HCEC).

The HCEC serves Cornellians in the year that they apply to those health professional schools that request a University letter of evaluation.

Basic information is published in three guides, available in 103 Barnes or downloadable from this site (SEE ALSO: Cornell Health Career Guides)

  • The Guide for First-and Second-year Pre-Medical Students is primarily for students interested in medical or dental school but is also useful to students considering other human health fields.
  • The Guide for the Advanced Pre-Medical Student allows students to assess their readiness to apply to medical or dental school and to navigate the application process.
  • The Cornell Animal Health Professions Exploration and Planning Guide is for students interested in veterinary medicine.
  • Students are encouraged to use the Health Careers Reflection Journal to help reflect on experiences and academics, assess readiness for applications to professional schools, and prepare for the application process. To discuss the reflection journal, contact a Health Careers Advisor.

These guides answer questions about major, required courses, tests, admission factors, letters of recommendation, what to do year-by-year, and how to contact a health careers advisor.

Cornell University alumni that are seeking assistance with advising in the Health Careers Professions should contact Chelsea Rule, Ph.D.,  Director of the Health Careers Advising Program at