Health Professions Advising at WWU

Knowledge of the Profession

It is your responsibility to become informed about health care professions. This will help you validate your interest in healthcare and strengthen your conviction and motivation toward that direction. (It is also helpful during the interview). Your knowledge base can be shaped within the context of your academic and extracurricular activities. Professional schools look for evidence that applicants demonstrate a few key features about themselves to indicate some understanding of the healthcare profession as a career. Seek information on issues of ethics, health services, decision analysis, and philosophy. Read the latest on health care issues in the New York Times health section, Journal of the American Medical Association and other relevant journals.

Some books you might find instructive:

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande

“An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back” by Elisabeth Rosenthal

“I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse” edited by Lee Gutkind

“Personal and Professional Growth for Health Care Professionals” by David Tipton

“On Becoming a Doctor: Everything You Need to Know About Medical School, Residency, Specialization, and Practice” by Tania Heller, MD

“Health Professional and Patient Interaction” by Ruth Purtilo

“The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System” by Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore