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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  • Meeting Academic Requirements, Getting Clinical Experience, Applying to Medical School, Additional Health Careers, Summer Opportunities, and more.

Summer Advising Schedule

We wish you a restful summer break! Our drop-ins are not held during the summer, and will resume on Monday, August 21.

Appointments are still available in June...the OCS team, including the Premed Advisers, are available to help Monday through Friday 9am-5pm until June 30. You can schedule a time to speak with an adviser using Crimson Careers or by calling 617-495-2595.

Mid-summer the Office of Career Services staff will be engaged in administrative tasks and planning for the next academic year and will not offer student services during the month of July. If you have a problem in July that requires immediate attention please contact the OCS front desk at 617-495-2595 or

We look forward to working with you in late August and when you return to campus in the fall.

Pre-Health Drop-Ins

(On hold for summer...will resume August 21) To assist as many students as possible, premed advisers offer 10-minute drop-in appointments after Study Card day. Drop-ins will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3-4pm.


(Not available during July) All undergraduates and alumni seeking an appointment for advice about premed or health professions plans are eligible for in-person 30-minute individual appointments, scheduled through Crimson Careers.

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

  • Freshmen: Freshmen 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. Freshmen advising is activated after October 14.
  • Sophomores and Juniors: Please email the OCS Reception Desk and ask to have your Crimson Careers calendar access activated for premed and pre-health advising. 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.

More information about how to get advice from the OCS Premed Advisers. (pdf)