The Pre-Health Advising Office works to support and encourage students as they explore the health professions and prepare competitive applications to apply to graduate professional school. We work holistically with students to assist with self-assessment and research into healthcare professions; foster self-directed learning; encourage both curricular and extracurricular growth and development; and stress the importance of integrity, responsibility, and professionalism. We offer information, advice, and support to help students plan their curriculum and find health-related experiences.
Meet The Team
Amanda Stone, Director of Health Professions Advising and Director of the Tufts Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
Amanda Stone (she, her, hers) joined the Health Professions Advising team in 2017, having previously worked in the Office of Student Affairs at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is a jumbo herself and a MA native, graduating from Tufts with a BA in American Studies, and then attending Boston University for her master’s in Psychology. Prior to working in higher education, Amanda worked for various non-profits agencies in Boston that supported young adults who were involved with the criminal justice system. She is excited to continue building relationships here at Tufts with all pre-health students and loves seeing them go on to careers in healthcare.
Susana Carranza, Associate Director of Health Professions Advising
Susana Carranza (she, her, hers) joined the Health Professions Advising Team in fall 2020. With 15 years of admission experience, Susana has worked with students at various stages of their career. Starting at a college access program in San Francisco, she advised high school students through the college admission process. As a master’s student in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania, she worked with Penn Law’s Admission Office. She moved on to work with students pursuing their masters’ and teaching credential from the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Later, as Associate Director of Admission for the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), she worked with students pursuing masters and PhD programs at the GSE. Her work in admission also includes serving as a reader for the QuestBridge program and Stanford undergraduate admissions. While admissions has been the main focus of her career, advising students is her passion. She enjoys seeing student mature and grow over time. Being able to couple her passion for advising with her knowledge of admissions, she is enjoying her role with the Health Professions Advising Team and looks forward to working with the pre-health students at Tufts.
Rob Larocco, Senior Health Professions Advisor
Rob Larocco (he, him, his) brings to the role of Senior Health Professions Advisor, a background in classroom instruction and several years of experience working with pre-health students from around the country. In addition to teaching high school English and Visual Arts for 6 years, he served as a health professions advisor at the University of Alabama, developed a health profession advising program at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, served as the Lead Pre-Health Advisor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was the Assistant Director of Academic Enhancement at Boston University School of Medicine. Additionally, he is a first-generation college student and veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve while in college and served in two overseas deployments during that time. He currently live in Newton, MA with his husband, Nick, and dog, Astrid.
Health Professions Advising Services
Health Professions Advising Canvas Courses
Our Canvas courses, both the HPA course and the HPRC course (specific to students in their application year), are designed to provide students with the information they need to make knowledgeable choices in their academic and experiential preparation for careers in the health professions. We expect these courses, along with our website, to be a student's first stop for information on coursework, preparing for the professional school application process, enhancing your candidacy to health professions schools and more!
Our weekly newsletter, Health-E News, is a great way to stay up to date on our advising and programming! We also feature job, volunteer, and internship opportunities in our community and beyond. We strongly recommend all students sign up, even if they are still exploring whether a health profession is right for them. Health-E-News is sent out every Friday during the academic year.
Throughout the year, we provide topic-specific advising sessions that are open to all students and alumni, regardless of where they may be on their pre-health journey.
The schedule for all group advising sessions will be published in the Canvas calendar, Health-E News, as well as on the homepage of our website.
Please note: These group advising sessions are recorded and by registering for these sessions students are consenting to being recorded. For students who are unable to attend, recordings of most sessions will be posted to our Health Professions Advising Canvas Course.
Individual Advising Appointments
Pre-health advisors meet with First -Years (beginning in their spring semester), Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Alumni for one-on-one advising appointments. Appointments are posted every other Monday with availability for the following two weeks. It is required that students have review the HPA Canvas course prior to their appointment and come prepared with specific questions. Students should also be signed up for Health-E News. Appointment links can be found below.
Schedule a Pre-Health appointment with Amanda Stone (Post Bac & HCF Students Only)
General health professions inquiries may be emailed to email@example.com
Hours & Location
The pre-health advising team is available during standard work hours between 9am-5pm. Our health professions advisors currently work a hybrid schedule; throughout the academic year, certain health professions-related events, including some group advising sessions, will be held on campus at a designated location that will be determined and shared with students prior to the event.