Meet the Pre-Health Advisors

Jennifer Ericson, M.S. 
Assistant Director of Pre-Health Advising
White Gravenor 108
Jen advises all students with last names A-Le and coordinates the Early Assurance Program (EAP) with GUSOM.

​Lucy Cherner, M.S. 
Assistant Director of Pre-Health Advising
White Gravenor 108
Lucy advises all students with last names Li-Z and coordinates the Postbac Certificate Program.

Dean Mary Beth Connell, M.D.
Director of Pre-Health Programs
Associate Dean
Reiss 208
Dr. Connell leads the pre-health team and provides additional advising for juniors and seniors during the medical school application cycle as well as alumni.

*** Appointments: To schedule an appointment with your Advisor, please visit the Pre-Health Advising Canvas website. ***

Pre-Health Advising Deans

Each undergraduate school at Georgetown has advising Deans who are knowledgeable about the pre-health admissions processes and provide further support for students during majors advising sessions.

Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences

Dean Marlene Canlas, M.A., M.P.H.
Associate Dean
ICC Suite 303

Dean Michael Parker, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
White Gravenor 108

Georgetown School of Health

Sumaira Akber, MS
Assistant Dean
St. Mary’s Hall 206

McDonough School of Business 

Catherine Vaz, MS
Advising Dean 
Rafik B. Hariri Building Suite 120


Mary Beth Connell, M.D. is the Associate Dean and Director of Pre-Health Advising at Georgetown in the College Dean’s Office.  As such, she oversees the advising of pre-health students, chairs the Pre-Health Recommendation Committee and directs the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program, a certificate program for students who have completed their undergraduate education in a non-science area and wish to change careers.  She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English in 1984, did a post bac at Bryn Mawr then received her M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1989.  She completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and practiced at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.  She has served the University since 1993 initially through Georgetown’s Medical Alumni Board, then on the Board of Governors, Directors and Regents.  Her favorite role is guiding students on their journey to a health professions career.

Lucy Cherner, M.S. is the Assistant Director of Pre-Health Advising at Georgetown University and the Coordinator for the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Neurobiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working as a biochemistry and cell biology researcher for over ten years at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UNC-CH and the National Institutes of Health, Lucy interned at the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) at the NIH where she fell in love with mentoring and guiding science students toward their desired careers. Since joining Georgetown in 2015 Lucy focused on pre-health careers advising and found it to be truly her life’s calling.

Jen Ericson is the Assistant Director of Pre Health Advising and Georgetown Medical School Early Assurance Program Manager. Jen graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a B.A in English and a Master of Science from Northeastern University in Student Development and Counseling. Jen joined Georgetown in 2014 as an Advising Dean for the Human Science students in the School of Health, many of whom focused on pre-health. Jen transitioned to the Pre Health Advising Office in 2022 and loves advising and supporting students as they explore their major and career interests. 

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Office of Pre-Health Advising
Georgetown University
108 White Gravenor
Washington DC 20057