UVA Pre-Health Advising Blog
News and Opportunities for Students Preparing for Health Professional Programs
Check out some healthcare related films in this year's Virginia Film Festival
Recent UVA grad Amy He shares her bridge year experiences for the non-profit community health program Project Horseshoe Farm
Hoo are the UVA Pre-Health Advising Peers? Find out about the peers, their roles, and how they can help YOU!
Learn about Pre-Health Advising Peer Chris Joly and how Pre-Health Advising has helped him!
Uncertain about what to take in the Spring? Consider these health-related courses!
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!
Meet Pre-Health Advising Peer Shiv Sharma and read about the advice he has to offer for fellow Hoos!
Get to know UVA's Pre-Health Advising Peer Camila Cifuentes, her involvements, and why she wants to be a physician's assistant!
Learn about Keonna Gravely and why she chose to become a fellow UVA Pre-Health Advising Peer!
Meet Abigail Hoang, one of UVA's Pre-Health Advising Peers!
Thinking about taking a bridge year? Apply to be a dermatology clinical assistant at Family Dermatology of Albemarle!
The National Institute of Health is looking for post-bac fellow candidates to work in their Advanced MRI Section.
Intern or spend your bridge year at Project Horseshoe Farm in Greensboro, Alabama!
Find your balance through a variety of free mindfulness classes offered by the Contemplative Sciences Center.
Consider applying for the Sentara Williamsburg ED Scribe Program! Full-time positions are available immediately.
Meet with Dr. Susie Goolsby, an Admissions Office representative from the VCU School of Dentistry!
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!
Combine your interest in medicine with service!
Gain valuable clinical practice through Volunteering for Chefs Cycle during the three-day event (September 25 - 27)
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.
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 email@example.com or 434-924-1689.
For more information, visit UVA Today: Nursing Students Shed Light on Sun-Safety Realities and Myths
- 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.
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!
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
admissions representatives from over 60 schools and programs of public health.
5:30 - 7:30 PM
800 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052
"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."
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:
ELA 2610: Liberal Arts and the Health Professions
Monday's: 3:30 - 4:45 PM
McLeod Hall 1004
Instructor: Kimberly Sauerwein
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.
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
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Fair Open to Students
4:00 - 6:00 PM
*2016 Pre-Health Common Read
*2017 Pre-Health Common Read
Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD
11. Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved -- Kate Bowler, PhD
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.
Send a resume to Dawn Wright, Office Manager of Charlottesville Eye Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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?
Critical Reading Skills
Winchester, VA 22601
Not sure how to enter your information?
- 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
Completing your AMCAS or AACOMAS application and not sure how to enter your AP coursework?
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.
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) students, also known as DREAMers.
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
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
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