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Okay so I'm wondering am I the only one with a less than perfect relationship with their premed advisor? I don't know I feel like mine and I aren't really on the same page. I feel badly because I want to have a good relationship with them because I'm putting a lot of trust in them. So I guess it's hard for me to trust what they tell me. Thoughts?
 

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i went into this thread expecting something completely different
 
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CapnCrunch

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i went into this thread expecting something completely different
My thoughts exactly. Way to be a disappointment.

Don't stress too much over it! There are a fair number of people here who have gotten into med school without ever speaking to their pre-med adviser.
 

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I went to the pre-health office at my school once, but the adviser was extremely unkind... so I never went back. I hear that it happens to a lot of people. The only people you need to impress are on the admissions committee--if your adviser isn't helpful, you need to do your own research and talk to other people who can help you (or, if available, request another adviser). In the end, no one is going to guide you into med school; you have to figure a lot of it out for yourself.
 

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I have an incredibly attractive pre-med advisor. Thought that was relevant here.
 
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In general, I don't trust what any pre-health advisor tells me or my friends at my school. They might not be up-to-date on everything. If they turn out to be wrong, whose problem does that become? Exactly, yours. That's why people use SDN. Of course, you should always double check everything yourself.
 

niblet

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Okay so I'm wondering am I the only one with a less than perfect relationship with their premed advisor?
At first I was like :smuggrin:

I don't know I feel like mine and I aren't really on the same page. I feel badly because I want to have a good relationship with them because I'm putting a lot of trust in them. So I guess it's hard for me to trust what they tell me. Thoughts?
But then I was like :eyebrow:
 

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I'm gonna come straight, I thought you were going to say that you were banging your adviser.
 

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I think a lot of people end up educating their pre-med advisors; especially if said student is a member of SDN. My advisor kept insisting that I should "really consider a science major to be competitive." If you need really personal advice I advise to either PM someone you trust, or use the personal advise forum (at the bottom of the forums).
 

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I don't have a premed adviser, or even an "adviser"

I could, but why waste my time

what could an adviser honestly tell you that you don't know / couldn't find out easily on sdn?

i don't even tell people i'm "premed"
 

niblet

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i don't even tell people i'm "premed"
Same here.

We're required to have an advisor, so I have one for my major (microbiology), but I don't have nor want a pre-med advisor.
 
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I don't have a pre-med advisor either. I tried to email one of the profs listed on our schools pre-med advising web page but he responded to my three paragraph email with a phrase. Not a sentence but a phrase.

Waste of time.
 
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We have a "pre-health adviser" who I maintain a working relationship with because of my involvement with the pre-health society on campus. I would never tell her to her face, but I don't think she really knows what is going on in the world of med/dent/pharm etc application and admissions processes.

There is another professor at my school who is an under-the-table adviser, stays much more current on events and issues that involve students pursuing a health career.

I personally don't use an adviser, I go mostly between personal friends that are local docs recently out of residency and SDN
 

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The pre-health advisor at my school is not really very helpful and doesn't seem to know that much about the process (actually, I find this site much more useful). In one meeting, he went from telling me my transcript looked great to telling me I will almost definitely need a gap year.
 

akinetopsia

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The only problem with the "avoid the prehealth/pre-med advisor" sentiment is it's a red flag if you do not go through your schools pre-med committee for the committee letter when it's available.

In a lot of cases when you apply to medical schools, there will be some 'splainin to do when you have forgone the committee evaluation and letter.
 

girlofgrace7

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I go to a small liberal arts school with a very small science department (we graduate MAYBE 2 pre-meds a year... and thus have no committee). I have not exactly been on the same page as my pre-med adviser either and was incredibly nervous about obtaining a letter of rec from him. In order to help future pre-meds, I'm working on putting together useful up-to-date information for them. I'm not sure of your school situation, but it might be nice to do the same.
I generally find another adviser to talk to when I actually need help or look online for an answer.
Definitely be wary of information you get from an adviser. The dean of our science department insisted that suits were completely unnecessary for med school interviews (and that skirts, nylons, and heels for female applicants were all bad ideas).