Premedical and Health Careers Advising

OCS Virtual Services

OCS is open for virtual services, but our building at 54 Dunster Street is closed for the time being.

We are actively monitoring email accounts during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9AM-5PM).  We are conducting virtual advising appointments by phone and SKYPE and hosting webinars in place of in-person events when possible. Please register on Crimson Careers for an appointment

During this time of uncertainty, we encourage you to prioritize your safety and wellbeing. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us and to your Harvard network. We’re here and looking forward to connecting with you virtually for the remainder of the Spring semester. 

Explore Resources and Services

Premed and health careers advisers provide services for Harvard College students and alumni pursuing health-related fields: human medicine (allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine), public and global health, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, and other health fields such as optometry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.  Due to specific funding regulations arranged through Harvard College, OCS cannot offer Harvard Extension School students premedical advising.

Review information on:

Meeting Academic Requirements, Admission Requirements & Policies, Getting Experience, Applying to Medical School, Additional Health Careers, and more.

Pre-Health Drop-Ins

Drop-in Advising has been put on hold at this time.  Advisers have increased availability for one-on-one scheduled appointments, which can be conducted by SKYPE or phone, to account for the absence of drop-ins.

Appointments

All undergraduates and alumni seeking an appointment for advice about premed or health professions plans are eligible for 30-minute individual SKYPE or phone appointments, scheduled through Crimson Careers.

Please follow these class- and alumni-specific steps to activate your Crimson Careers advising calendar access:

  • First-Years: First-year students must attend a Pre-Health 101 orientation workshop before they are allowed to attend premed drop-ins or to schedule a 30-minute individual appointment in Crimson Careers with a premed/pre-health adviser. First-year students should book a "Navigating Premed and Pre-Health" appointment as their first advising appointment and complete the related form.
  • Sophomores and Juniors: Please email the OCS Reception Desk for information about premedical and pre-health advising access. If you are already activated in the system for making appointments, you may log in to Crimson Careers to schedule your appointment with a premed/pre-health adviser.
  • Seniors: Your Crimson Careers calendar access is already activated. Please log in to Crimson Careers to schedule your appointment.
  • Alumni: Recent alumni may log in to their existing Crimson Careers accounts. If you do not have access to Crimson Careers, you will need to register using your @alumni.harvard or @post.harvard email address (you can set up this address through the Harvard Alumni Association website). Once you have successfully activated your Crimson Careers account, contact the OCS Reception Desk at 617-495-2595 or ocsrecep@fas.harvard.edu to have your premed advising calendar access activated. You may then schedule an appointment through Crimson Careers.