Premedical and Health Careers Advising

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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.

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Pre-Health Drop-Ins

To assist as many students as possible, premed advisers offer 10-minute drop-in appointments. Drop-ins are held Wednesday 2-3 PM and Thursday 3-4 PM, beginning September 11.

Start-of-Term Office Hours

During shopping period, the OCS Premed/Pre-Health advisers will not have regular appointments, but will be running Start-of-Term Premed and Pre-Health Office Hours to accommodate as many students as possible during the busy first week of classes:

  • Tuesday, September 3: 10am-12pm, 1-4pm
  • Wednesday, September 4: 10am-12pm, 1-4pm
  • Thursday, September 5: 10am-12pm, 1-4pm
  • Friday, September 6: 10am-12pm, 1-4pm
  • Monday, September 9: 10am-12pm, 1-4pm

YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR A 10-MINUTE TIME SLOT in Crimson Careers. Time slots open for registration beginning at 5:00pm prior to the advising day. (Prior to sign ups opening, these appointments will NOT be visible in Crimson Careers.)


All undergraduates and alumni seeking an appointment for advice about premed or health professions plans are eligible for 30-minute individual 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. Please note that to make an appointment with non-premed advisers at OCS, you will need to first attend general OCS drop-in advising, 1:00-4:00pm, Monday-Friday.
  • 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 to have your premed advising calendar access activated. You may then schedule an appointment through Crimson Careers.