About Me – Assistant Director, Careers in Health Professions Becca Tishler

Working closely with the Health Professions Advisor, I support students and young alumni throughout their time at Amherst as they consider or pursue health-related career paths. This includes, among other things, managing the application process for those applying to medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, public health, or other graduate schools. I also support the various pre-health student organizations, and help to coordinate events and programming of interest to the pre-health community at Amherst. I’m particularly interested in the medical humanities and the insights into health, illness, the body, and the mind made possible by interdisciplinary approaches.

I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with an academic focus in twentieth-century American literature and received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Prior to coming to Amherst, I worked as a copyeditor, bookseller, and on a women-run, organic vegetable farm; outside of work, you’ll find me continuing to do much of the same.

Richard Aronson ’69 and I meet with students from the moment they step on campus until several years after they graduate, and every one in between, in order to help you reach your goals — whatever those goals may be. Our advising model encourages exploration and reflection at every point of the process, especially investigating the many different career paths involved in addressing the health of individuals and communities and not just assuming that going to medical school and becoming a physician is the right fit for everyone.

By Becca Tishler
Becca Tishler Assistant Director, Careers in Health Professions