Pre-Health Guide

The Health Professions Office is a source of counsel and support for students exploring interests in medicine, dentistry, public health, veterinary medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and other health-related fields.

Barbara Fuller, Director of Science and Health Professions Advising, helps those students interested in pursuing careers and graduate study in the sciences, including the health professions.

Email Ms. Fuller

Photo of Barbara K. Fuller
Associate Director and Director of Science and Health Professions Advising
Mears House


In a typical year, 60 Williams students and alumni apply to medical school, two to veterinary schools, zero or one to dentistry, a few to schools of public health, and perhaps a few more to all other fields combined.

This website, therefore, is focused primarily on applications to medical school.

All interested students are encouraged to meet with Ms. Fuller early in their Williams careers to begin a counseling relationship, seek advice beyond that in these pages, and formulate a thoughtful plan.

Feel free to contact Barbara Fuller to begin the discussion. Appointments may be made by calling 413-597-2311.

Use these links to learn more about these health fields and what to expect moving forward in a health related field.

Health Professions Resources: click here for many helpful web resources
Dentistry Veterinary Medicine Public Health Nursing
Getting Started
Medical School Overview General Advice Admissions Criteria Comments about Medical Practice 
Preparation for Medical School
Grades Extracurriculars Summer Opportunities
When and Where to Apply
Overview Choosing Schools Timing Jobs in the Interim
Early Assurance Combined degrees Diversity International students
Applying to Medical School
Overview Application Timeline Interviewing Costs
The Application