Using an Action Plan to Build Your Application Portfolio
There are many components to a student's preparation to a health professional program, many of which are outlined in this Build Your Student Portfolio section. Health professional program application committees are looking for well-rounded applicants that have a wide range of experiences.
Choose one of the Health Program Action Plans on this page to help you get organized on your road to application to the health professional program of your choice.
After completing one of the Health Program Action Plans, you can submit it and schedule an appointment with a PHSRC counselor to get personalized feedback. By submitting your Action Plan in advance of the appointment, it allows the counselors to thoughtfully review your past experiences and your questions, and come prepared to coach you in making the best plan to move forward.
These action plans will open as a 'View Only' document as a Google Spreadsheet. You can them save your own copy of the document to fill in courses, activities, and experiences that you have had and plan to have in the future. Once you have your own personal Action Plan saved on your Google Drive, think of it as a living document that you can keep adding information into, keeping all of your application related experiences in one place.
To access an Action Plan and convert to an editable format, follow the directions below.
If you are a UMN student, logged in with your UMN account OR a non-UMN student, logged into a personal Gmail account:
You can click on "File" in the upper left hand side, then "Make a Copy", and save an editable version of the Action Plan on your personal Google Drive. You could also download as an Excel Spreadsheet, if you prefer, by clicking "File" --> "Download As" --> "Microsoft Excel".
If you are a non-UMN student that does not have a Gmail account:
You can download your own copy of the action plan, to start filling it out, by clicking "File" --> "Download As" --> "Excel Spreadsheet".
You can make an appointment with a PHSRC career counselor to talk about your personal Action Plan. We do ask that you fill out some information in the Action Plan document. If you're a first year student at the UMN, you might not have as many completed activities to fill in, however, you can always use the document to do some future planning as well. The more information you share with us in the Action Plan, the better prepared our career counselors will be for your appointment.