Advising Plan for Pre-Health students at Lake Forest College
Students interested in a career in the health care field should arrange a meeting with a member
of the Pre-Health Advising committee as early as possible in their time at Lake Forest College.
Most post graduate health care programs have academic as well as experiential components as
part of the admission process, thus students need plans for summer or winter break that
include shadowing or other experiences in addition to internships and/or research that may be
taken for credit during the semester or in the summer.
The Pre-Health Advising committee can assist students with this academic planning as well as
provide information and opportunities for internships and other experiences.
If you are a current First-Year, sophomore or junior student, we strongly encourage you to join
the new Health Professions Program (HPP). Completion of HPP is designed to enhance to your
Pre-Health preparation with early exposure to the breadth of healthcare pathway options. HPP
will greatly enhance your knowledge about health care and help you understand the social
determinants of health, the value of interprofessional team work, and the ethical and
empathetical mindsets with which you as a health professional should provide patient care to
the diverse community that you will one day serve.
Pre-Health contacts for HPP: Prof. Shubhik DebBurman and Prof. Ann Maine
How to find a Pre-Health committee member for assistance?
The 2020-21 Committee Members are:
Prof. Shubhik DebBurman, Committee Chair
Pauline Binder-Finnema, Career Advancement Center
Prof. Will Conrad, Chemistry
Beth Herbert, Biology
Prof. Karen Kirk, Biology
Prof. Ann Maine, Biology
Prof. Vivian Ta, Psychology
1. If your academic advisor is on this committee, start with them.
2. Students pursing the following majors should contact any of the faculty members listed below for that major:
Biology: Maine, Kirk
BMB: Conrad, Maine
Neuroscience: Kirk, Ta
3. Students who are majoring in other departments or have not yet declared a major could start
with someone in their main area of interest.
Physician Assistant/Dental Medicine/Veterinary medicine: Maine
Optometry/Pharmacy/Physical Therapy: Conrad
Clinical Counseling/Clinical Psychology/Occupational Therapy: Ta
Dual-Degree Program Pathway contacts
All RFU pathways: DebBurman
Rush and DePaul Nursing pathways: Kirk
4. For more details on shadowing and internships please contact: Pauline Binder-Finnema,
Career Advancement Center
5. If you are unable to contact any committee member as advised above, you should always
contact the committee chair Dr. DebBurman.