UVA Pre-Health Advising Blog

News and Opportunities for Students Preparing for Health Professional Programs

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Check out some healthcare related films in this year's Virginia Film Festival

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Recent UVA grad Amy He shares her bridge year experiences for the non-profit community health program Project Horseshoe Farm

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Pre-Health Advising Peers

Hoo are the UVA Pre-Health Advising Peers? Find out about the peers, their roles, and how they can help YOU!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Learn about Pre-Health Advising Peer Chris Joly and how Pre-Health Advising has helped him!

Monday, October 15, 2018
Course Registration

Uncertain about what to take in the Spring? Consider these health-related courses!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Get to know Pre-Health Advising Peer Abby Williams, why she chose the pre-med track, and how she wants to support fellow Pre-Health Hoos!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Meet Pre-Health Advising Peer Shiv Sharma and read about the advice he has to offer for fellow Hoos!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Get to know UVA's Pre-Health Advising Peer Camila Cifuentes, her involvements, and why she wants to be a physician's assistant!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Learn about Keonna Gravely and why she chose to become a fellow UVA Pre-Health Advising Peer!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Meet Abigail Hoang, one of UVA's Pre-Health Advising Peers!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thinking about taking a bridge year? Apply to be a dermatology clinical assistant at Family Dermatology of Albemarle!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The National Institute of Health is looking for post-bac fellow candidates to work in their Advanced MRI Section.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Intern or spend your bridge year at Project Horseshoe Farm in Greensboro, Alabama!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Join the UVA Volunteers Around the World medical outreach program!
Monday, September 17, 2018
UVA Contemplative Sciences Center

Find your balance through a variety of free mindfulness classes offered by the Contemplative Sciences Center.

Monday, September 10, 2018
Sentara Williamsburg

Consider applying for the Sentara Williamsburg ED Scribe Program! Full-time positions are available immediately.

Monday, September 10, 2018
VCU School of Dentistry

Meet with Dr. Susie Goolsby, an Admissions Office representative from the VCU School of Dentistry!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Madison House Medical Services program provides opportunities for UVA students to volunteer at the UVA Health System, Martha Jefferson Hospital, and the Charlottesville Free Clinics. Learn more about how to get involved!


Monday, August 13, 2018

Combine your interest in medicine with service! 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Gain valuable clinical practice through Volunteering for Chefs Cycle during the three-day event (September 25 - 27)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


A team of University of Virginia medical students, neurology residents, and faculty in neurology and biomedical engineering are working on a project aimed to develop algorithms to automate detection of neurologic deficits in patients with stroke. They have a multiple positions available for students interested in helping with various aspects of clinical research.


Monday, July 23, 2018

Dermatology PLC in Charlottesville, VA is looking for medical scribes. This is a paid opportunity for aspiring health professional students to work side-by-side with physicians with the opportunity to observe both medical and surgical dermatology first hand. 

Monday, July 23, 2018


Mini-Medical School is a program offered by the University of Virginia School of Medicine that brings an abridged version of medical school to participating community members. Find out how you can join UVA Mini-Med!
Monday, July 23, 2018

Interested in gaining clinical experience in Charlottesville this summer? Volunteer with the University of Virginia's School of Nursing to practice your assessment skills and provide sun safety knowledge within the Charlottesville community at any of their three Summer Health Fairs.

  • July 28 - African-American Cultural Festival, Washington Park
  • August 4 - Westhaven Community Day event
  • August 18 - Health Fair at Southwood (focused on back-to-school)

Students and alumni interested in volunteering may contact Emerson Aviles at esa2by@virginia.edu or 434-924-1689.

For more information, visit UVA Today: Nursing Students Shed Light on Sun-Safety Realities and Myths

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Pre-Med Hospice Volunteer Program connects undergraduate students with patients receiving palliative care through Hospice (an organization that helps patients achieve the highest quality of care at the end of their lives) with Hospice volunteer training, regular patient visitation, and on-going support, this program offers a unique opportunity to meet directly with patients and cultivate your identity as a caregiver.

The Pre-Medical Hospice Volunteer Program includes the following components:
  • 16 hours of training as a Hospice volunteer
  • Weekly or bi-weekly patient visits
  • A community of support shaped by Resource and Reflection meetings and online resources
  • A year-end reflection essay
  • A Certificate of Completion for inclusion in your medical school applications

This integrated and holistic program funded by the Athena Institute for Women’s Wellness is a collaborative effort between Ardmore Presbyterian Church and Holisticare Hospice. Due to the demanding nature of this experience, the emotional complexity of Hospice, and spiritual issues raised by death – your learning cohort will be moderated by a Chaplain.

Note: This program is open to all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students regardless of religious belief, race, creed, or national origin.
If you are interested, please review the additional information and application below.
Application deadline: August 31st
Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Tina Huey-Commers at tina.hughey-commers@hopeva.orgwith Hospice of the Piedmont.

Program Synopsis
Calendar of Commitments and Additional Information
Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Do you need just one more class to complete your schedule? Consider taking a NEW course from the University of Virginia Career Center offered this fall!

INST 2559 - The Resilient Student: Transition, Thriving, & Leadership (2 credits)
Tim Davis, PhD, Leadership Development & Resilience
The adjustment from high school to college can be one of the most turbulent transitions of one’s life. Yet, that transition is also filled with opportunities for discovery, growth, and the development of critical life skills. This course will focus on the development of the broad skills that will help students create fulfilling lives and successful careers after college. This class will focus on four areas: 
  • Development of emotional resilience skills that support thriving and bouncing back from adversity
  • Development of life management skills that will foster personal, academic, and career success
  • Introduction to leadership concepts that will guide students’ development as young leaders at UVA
  • Establishment of small communities of students which are designed to facilitate social support as students transition to college and young adulthood. 

Check out Student Information System (SIS) for additional details and to register.

This course is a wonderful option to ease you into the academic and social transition of college all while developing many of the qualities, skills, and experiences that professors, supervisors, and health professional schools look for in their students!
Friday, July 13, 2018

Would you like to take part in the creation of a NEW transformative learning experience for students interested in healthcare careers? The Career Center is in the midst of designing an exciting 5-day residential learning opportunity during J-Term 2019 for students interested in various aspects of healthcare, and they need your help

Learn how! Take the next two minutes to read 
this program description and give your thoughts. Your feedback in incredibly valuable and will help shape the overall impact of this experience for students just like you.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Not sure how to approach your secondary applications? Three of our pre-health advising colleagues from the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) share their best advice!


Monday, July 9, 2018

UVA Today: Off Grounds & On the Job

"Often, the best part of UVA alumnus Aman Mangalmurti's week is time spent in local clinics with children and their parents.

Mangalmurti, who graduated in 2017, now works at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD in the Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program. The neuroscience graduate is working in the Shaw Lab, a child psychiatry research group studying attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

"When you work with young kids, you hope you are making a long-lasting impact," he said. "ADHD affects so many people, so there is an opportunity for our research to have a large impact."

The lab tracks groups of children over time, studying their symptoms and social environments and using neuroimaging to track how their brains are developing. Mangalmurti said they especially focus on creating and analyzing large data sets - big data is a growing emphasis in neuroscience - and on patients' genetic makeup...

After his fellowship at the NIH ends this year, he hopes to enroll in an MD-PhD program and continue gaining research experience, likely still focused on pediatric health.

"One day, I would love to run my own lab, and perhaps be a professor," he said.

Read the full story >>

Friday, July 6, 2018
The Health Wagon is a nonprofit organization providing mobile health services to the medically underserved in Southwest Virginia since 1980. 

The Health Wagon seeks to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia. Their values include collaboration, community outreach, empowerment, inclusiveness, and spirituality. 

The Health Wagon Story

The average patient is 38 years old. 98% of patients are uninsured. 70% of them come from an income of less than $20,000 annually, despite working multiple jobs. This means they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Patients live in desperately poverty-stricken rural Appalachia, where they can't afford to go to the doctor but can't afford not to. The mobility of the Health Wagon clinic means staff are able to fill the gap, whether they are inline at the food bank or at their job, the Health Wagon takes healthcare to them.


Thursday, July 5, 2018
Wednesday, August 1st
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM Eastern Time
Meet with representatives from colleges of osteopathic medicine nationwide to learn about
becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Wednesday, July 11th 
Virtual Fair
Meet SOPHAS representatives, This is Public Health Ambassadors, and
admissions representatives from over 60 schools and programs of public health. 
Tuesday, July 17th
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Graduate School Fair
The Marvin Center Grand Ballroom @ GW Milken Institute School of Public Health
800 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052
Meet representatives from schools and programs as well as a members from the SOPHAS team to answer all your application questions. Learn more about CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health at one convenient location!
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"Last month, DO physicians received international recognition as fully licensed physicians from the International Labor Organization, an agency of the United Nations. This will help osteopathic physicians gain practice rights throughout the world.

Within the international standards that classify jobs to promote international comparability across occupations, U.S.-trained DOs are now categorized with all other physicians as medical doctors. This recognition is expected to make it easier for DOs to gain practice rights in different countries, and will assist the American Osteopathic Association in executing its strategic priority to expand the international impact of osteopathic medicine."

Read the full story >>

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Virginia Wellness Initiative is recruiting volunteers for a community health fair at the African American Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday, July 28th at Booker T Washington Park. 

Volunteers are needed to help for different shift times between 10 AM - 2PM to include set up and clean up. This effort will involve offering several screenings (BMI, HbA1c, blood pressure, kidney, mental heal, and more) and counseling. Hundreds of people attend this event, so it is a great chance to practice and learn new skills while helping people in our community.

Volunteer assignments will be based on preference, need, and training level. Volunteers must attend one of two training sessions before the event, to be held:

Sunday July 22nd at 5:30 PM 
Tuesday July 24th at 5:30 PM 
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library - downstairs in Rooms 1326 / 1328
Monday, June 25, 2018

ELA 2610: Liberal Arts and the Health Professions
Fall 2018
Monday's: 3:30 - 4:45 PM
McLeod Hall 1004
Instructor: Kimberly Sauerwein
Credits: 1

Students explore how insights from various disciplines inform their understanding of healthcare. Guest lectures and informational interviews connect students with healthcare professionals to gain a better understanding of the various health professions and to assess their own career goals. Students develop skills in interdisciplinary research and problem solving, in oral and written communication, and the integration of diverse perspectives.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

UVA Pre-Health Advisors are members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). They'll be attending this year's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

You are invited to join UVA Pre-Health Advisors at the NAAHP Health Professions Fair! You'll meet and get to know professional school representatives from a wide variety of health professional programs - all in one place & not far from Charlottesville. See you there!

Student Registration and Check-In
2:30 - 3:00 PM

Student Speaker
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Fair Open to Students
4:00 - 6:00 PM


Register here!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
You undoubtedly read pages and pages of assigned readings for classes all year long -- 
now it is time to read something fun,
just for you.

Check out our #PreHealthHoos recommendations!
    Black Man in a White Coat -- Damon Tweedy, MD
2. When Breath Becomes Air -- Paul Kalanithi, MD
    *2016 Pre-Health Common Read
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- Rebecca Skloot
    *2017 Pre-Health Common Read
5. The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills -- David Ansell, MD, MPH
    Randy Cristensen, MD
9. Heart in the Right Place -- Carolyn Jourdan, JD
& for the Pre-Veterinary reader...
13. The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes -- Lucy Spelman, DVM & Ted Mashima, DVM
Monday, June 18, 2018

Charlottesville Eye Associates is a busy ophthalmology practice with an opening for a full-time (8AM - 5PM) entry level medical technician. On-the-job training will be provided. Seeking responsible and motivated individuals who desire to work in the healthcare field. Strong communication and computer skills required.

To apply
Send a resume to Dawn Wright, Office Manager of Charlottesville Eye Associates at imanager97@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What is CASPer?
The Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal characteristics (CASPer) is an online situational judgement test which assesses interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork, professionalism, ethics, and empathy. It has been adopted by 20+ allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and 20 physician assistant programs to help schools assess applicants. It is meant to complement other evaluative tools and provide programs with a more holistic assessment of their candidates.

Structure & Format

The CASPer test consists of 12 sections (8 videos, 4 non-video) lasting a total of 90 minutes. Each section contains either a short 1-2 minute video or a short prompt, followed by three open-ended probing questions. The test-taker is allowed five minutes to answer all three questions for each section. There is an optional 15-minute break halfway through.

Test-takers do not see their scores once they complete the test. The scores are directly distributed to selected programs within 3 weeks.

How to Prepare

The CASPer is not a pass/fail test, nor are there right or wrong answers to the questions. It is designed to assess how examinees respond to an ethical dilemma on the spot.

  • Familiarize with the format of the test by completing the system requirements check on takecasper.com ahead of your test date and time.
  • Review sample CASPer content
  • Find a comfortable and quiet space to take the test on test day, as this will help you stay focused for the duration of the test.

 How to register

  • Register at takecasper.com, sign up with an email address and create a password.
  • Pay the fee to schedule a test date and time ($10 to take the test for US programs, $10 to distribute results to each program). Note: different dates and times are offered for different institutions and you should check well in advance to see when test dates are offered for the programs you wish to apply to. 
  • Test-takers must have a working webcam and a valid government photo ID

CASPer Partner Programs - Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, Allopathic Medicine

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
You are invited to the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine's Annual Information Session
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
You'll meet with currently enrolled medical students, learn about the curriculum, admissions process, student and campus life. Free to attend. Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Interested in exploring a rewarding career in medicine? Would you like to be a surgeon who helps patients stay active and healthy? Do you want to do your part to stem the growing diabetes crisis in America?

Step into Podiatry
Friday, 7/13 
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD 

You'll meet current podiatric medical students, attend a cadaver lab, and get an introduction to this exciting and diverse profession. More information.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Shenandoah University's Bernard Dunn School of Pharmacy invites you to
PCAT Preparatory Boot Camp
July 12, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Study & Test Taking Skills
Critical Reading Skills
Math Overview
Organic Chemistry Overview
1775 N Sector Court
Winchester, VA 22601
Lunch provided
Monday, June 11, 2018
Working on your VMCAS 2019 Application? Have questions you need answered?
Not sure how to enter your information? 
Join the AAVMC for a VMCAS Application Workshop
Monday, June 25
1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern Time


VMCAS 2019 Fee Reimbursement Program is now LIVE
  • Be a U.S> Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, or have refugee/asylum status
  • Must have submitted VMCAS 2019 application
  • Submit VMCAS Fee Reimbursement Program request form
  • Upload a copy of 2017 Federal Income Tax Return (submit your parent's tax return if you can be claimed as a dependent)
  • Do not send any documents by any other method but the submission program

More information here

Friday, June 8, 2018

Completing your AMCAS or AACOMAS application and not sure how to enter your AP coursework?

Review the

Your UVA official transcript lumps together all credit hours earned for AP credit. See the first example shown in the AMCAS tutorial and the reference to AP coursework listed together in the AACOMAS tutorial for specific guidance.

You'll need to use both your unofficial and official transcripts for reference.

Thursday, June 7, 2018
The Stritch School of Medicine was the first medical school to openly accept
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) students, also known as DREAMers. 
This May, the first six students graduated with the Class of 2018. 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Interested in learning the ins and outs of a dental office and gaining valuable experience?

Tiny Tooth Dentist is a new pediatric dental office in Herndon, VA looking for a reliable, quick-learner who enjoys working with kids and young adults, and wants to be trained as an assistant.

This is a part-time summer position: Monday's, Tuesday's, and Thursday's, with the potential for extension through the fall. Responsibilities include assisting chair-side during procedures, room setup and breakdown, and all things patient care-related.

For more information and/or to apply, please e-mail cover letter and resume to

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Thursday, July 12th, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, this webinar will walk through how to get ready for the PharmCAS application and apply to your PharmD programs of choice. Open discussion and Q&A at the end. 
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Summer Tours

  • June 7th
  • June 21st 
  • July 12th 

Prospective DDS applicants have the opportunity to tour the school's state of the art facility and participate in a Q&A with Dr. Judith Porter, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Recruitment. There are limited spaces for each day - first come, first served.

Dentistry Today

June 12th - June 14th
9 AM - 5PM, daily

A program designed for college students in their first, second, third year, or career changers who are considering dentistry as a career. Register here.

Questions? Contact the University of Maryland School of Dentistry Admissions Office at 410-706-7472 or ddsadmissions@umaryland.edu

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Applying to optometry school?
Attend the Virtual Fair to learn about Doctor of Optometry programs

Tuesday, June 12th
Register at Career.Eco.com/events/Optometry

You are invited to attend this unique virtual event where you can conveniently and efficiently meet admissions representatives and interact with Doctor of Optometry programs in a live online event.

  • Register to attend
  • Save your valuable time by meeting school representatives in live chat sessions online
  • Have your questions answered without ever leaving the comfort of your computer
  • Only a one-time registration required to meet multiple schools
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Prospective Student Workshop
May 25, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
245 Duck Pond Drive Blacksburg, VA 24061
8:00 - 8:45 AM: Meet and Greet with light breakfast and coffee
9:00 - 11:00 AM: Informational Session
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Tours of the College of Veterinary Medicine
Please RSVP by May 18th: