Megan Kelly Tisdale, MAEd, MALS
Title/s: Director of Pre-Health Advising, Chair of the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee
Office #: Sullivan 255
Megan’s motivation for advising is to help people reach their academic and career goals. Megan is passionate about providing opportunities for all, whether they are ready to apply or just exploring potential possibilities. She reminds people who are perhaps a little afraid that they might be too late or have stumbled in their preparation that there are many paths and she can help find the right one for each individual. The framework of her holistic advising practice are the AAMC Competencies, which are developed in academic and experiential settings. Although written to reflect the intersectional skills for medical school applicants, the vast majority of these skills are fundamental to any future profession as well as personal development. Megan likes to tell students that she demonstrates and develops these same competencies in her own life every day… with the possible exception of “living systems.”
For over a decade, Megan worked at Duke University as an advisor and contributor to the health professions Committee Letter, eventually managing the process for hundreds of applicants each year. She developed impactful relationships with medical schools and a deep knowledge of best practices in the preparation and application process.
Prior to Duke, Megan was the Director of Admissions at George Washington University’s medical school. She read tens of thousands of applications and knows what makes an applicant strong on their own and what makes them stand out among the competition. She now applies that knowledge to helping applicants reflect on what they learned and how they have prepared, emphasizing the importance of being authentic to their own identity both as a future health care practitioner and as the kind of person they are and want to be.
Megan grew up in Ohio and started Irish Dancing the same week she started kindergarten. She competed through the Open Championship level and has performed all over the world with internationally known performers, and for local broadcasts, BBC, and PBS specials. While at Duke, Megan was advisor to multiple student organizations, most actively with Rince Diabhal (Gaelic for dancing devil), the Duke Irish Dance Club.
Megan earned her BA from The Ohio State University with a double major in Political Science and International Studies. Her masters and doctoral work in higher education administration were at George Washington, and she earned another masters and a certificate in College Teaching at Duke.