Welcome to the SAAHP website and to our association. I have been privileged to be part of NAAHP and SAAHP since 1998 – almost 20 years now. When I first took on pre-health advising I knew more about insects than human anatomy and was more comfortable in a forest stream than a microbiology laboratory – (still prefer the forest stream). Joining NAAHP and SAAHP as a new advisor started my journey of education in pre-health advising. My first meetings were definitely learning overload. I went home from each conference with reams of notes and stacks of business cards. The information I got from meeting sessions along with the contacts I made were invaluable in my progression as a pre-health advisor. From my colleagues I learned about the variety of healthcare careers, how to help students better prepare for professional school and for entrance exams, and how to work with difficult situations. I, along with everyone else, struggled through the changes in MCAT and medical school admissions requirements as well as the many skeptical discussions of holistic review of applicants. But that was what impressed me the most about NAAHP and SAAHP – these were educational organizations and conferences, dedicated to providing information and resources to pre-health advisors so we could better serve our students. The NAAHP website is a treasure trove of information for advisors. Our meetings provide a place to learn from our colleagues. They also provide the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with colleagues facing the same problems and student issues. SAAHP and NAAHP conferences provide places to hear new ideas and creative approaches to advising.
The first sentence in the Vision statement for NAAHP is ‘The vision of NAAHP is to become the premier organization educating and supporting health professions advisors.’ The SAAHP Constitution sets out our primary goals as ‘to advance undergraduate education for all health professions; to further the development of health science curricula; to facilitate continuing communication among advisors on a regional level; to support the advising programs of members; and to further communications between advisors and the professional schools.’ We are a strong group of professionals helping each other do our best in an ever changing landscape of health professions education.
I invite you to join the collaboration with your SAAHP colleagues and encourage you to share your ideas. Please join together with your colleagues and get involved by filling out our interest form or contacting me directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Our strength is in our members and we are our best working together and learning from each other.
President SAAHP 2017-2019