Health Professions Advisory Council

The College of Idaho Health Professions Advisory Council

We know that the pathway to becoming a successful healthcare professional has involved years of study and dedication, but it also certainly involved having good role models and mentors. That’s why we hope to form a Health Professions Advisory Council.

We are developing the HPAC in part based on the successful Business Advisory Council started by the C of I Business Department a few years ago. The business group includes alumni and other business leaders in the community who help advise faculty about the curriculum and mentor students in order to prepare graduates for meaningful careers and positions as leaders. Similarly, we hope that the HPAC will help us to prepare our liberal arts students for graduate programs or other training in healthcare fields. We envision the committee helping us think about mentoring, providing shadowing opportunities, and conducting mock interviews. Above all, we hope you’ll help our students become more aware of what it takes to be successful in the healthcare professions.

Over the past decade, we have developed cooperative programs with Idaho State University in fields such as nursing, pharmacy, and occupational therapy. We also developed a partnership with the ISU Physician Assistant Studies program and have 12 PA students on our campus each year. These programs have created more student interest in areas of healthcare beyond our traditional strength of preparing students for medical school. There is a great need for a network of professionals who students can contact to help them understand these professions.

We hope you will join us November 16 at the JUMP Inspire Studio to discuss the formation of this new group.  We will have students as well as a few faculty members at the event.  You may also run into old friends and classmates. We value your input into the process and are excited for our students to meet you! Attending the event does not obligate you to be part of the Advisory Council, though we hope it will inspire you to become more involved with current students and faculty at the C of I. If you can’t attend the event but are interested in getting connected with this group, please contact Ann Koga or John Ottenhoff.

In addition to good conversation and company, we’ll have appetizers and a no-host bar.

Please contact Ann Koga ([email protected]) or John Ottenhoff ([email protected]) if you have questions about the event or the HPAC.

Ann Koga, Pre-Health Professions Advisor, Departments of Biology and Health and Human Performance

John Ottenhoff, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean of the Faculty