Who’s my Advisor?

Your Pre-Med Advisor is based on your major but he or she does not take the place of your academic advisor for your degree-granting program (remember, pre-med is an advising program only). Many students elect to major in one of the sciences because of an interest in those fields and because doing so can lay a strong foundation for the rigorous science courses encountered in professional school. However, it must be emphasized that a science major is neither required nor favored for admission by professional schools, and you should not major in the sciences simply because you believe this will increase your chances for acceptance. In fact, rates of acceptance to professional schools are sometimes higher for non-science majors than for science majors. Professional schools are much more concerned with the overall quality, scope and difficulty of your undergraduate work than your undergraduate major.  Advisors of students interested in the health professions recommend to students that they major in subjects that they are most interested in. The advantage of majoring in what you like is that your grades will be better and if you should change your mind about pursuing a career in health care you will already be working on plan B. For a list of degrees and majors at UM, please click here.

Because students have to major in a degree-granting program, the Pre-Medical Sciences Director will not be your academic advisor. You need to talk to an academic advisor in your major department to work out courses needed to meet general education and degree requirements. However, you need to maintain contact with your Pre-Med Advisor and the Pre-Medical Sciences Director regarding your progress toward completing the pre-professional/prerequisite courses.

Dr. Mark Pershouse (Program Director)

Dr. Mark Pershouse

(406) 243-4769
Skaggs Building 282
mark.pershouse@umontana.edu
Works with: Pre-Dentistry students, Post-Baccalaureate students & all students getting ready to apply

Mr. Jason Granvold

Mr. Jason Granvold

(406) 243-2293
Emma B. Lommasson Center 269
jason.granvold@umontana.edu
Works with: Freshman & transfer students

To schedule an appointment with Jason, please visit his Advising Appointment Scheduler.  

Dr. Bruce Bowler

Dr. Bruce Bowler

(406) 243-6114
Chemistry Building 104
bruce.bowler@umontana.edu
Works with: Biochemistry majors & Pre-Physician Assistant students

Dr. Kerry Bright

Dr. Kerry Bright

(406) 243-4105
Health Sciences 107
kerry.bright@umontana.edu
Works with: Pre-Veterinary Medicine students

Dr. Duncan Campbell

Dr. Duncan Campbell

(406) 243-4731
Skaggs Building 312
duncan.campbell@mso.umt.edu
Works with: Psychology Majors

Dr. Chuck Dumke

Dr. Chuck Dumke

(406) 243-6176
McGill Hall 103
charles.dumke@umontana.edu
Works with: Health & Human Performance majors (including freshman)

Ms. Lila Erickson, PA-C

Lila Erickson

(406) 243-4621
Partnership Health Center
lila.erickson@mso.umt.edu
Works with: Pre-Physician Assistant Students
**Preferred method of contact: e-mail

Volunteer Advisor from the Community, helps with students involved in the Physician Assistant School application and interview process, also available for general questions about the PA profession.

Dr. Steve Lodmell

Dr. Steve Lodmell

(406) 243-6393
Charles H. Clapp Building 202
stephen.lodmell@umontana.edu
Works with: Biology majors

Dr. Holly Thompson

Dr. Holly Thompson

(406) 243-2070
Chemistry Building 402
holly.thompson@umontana.edu
Works with: Chemistry majors & Pre-Physican Assistant students

Ms. Liz Kelsey

Ms. Liz Kelsey

(406) 243-4763
Skaggs Building 173
elizabeth.kelsey@providence.org
Works with: Students interested in job shadowing opportunities