UVA Pre-Health Advising Blog

News and Opportunities for Students Preparing for Health Professional Programs

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

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

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

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
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

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

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 Semester Only
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: 
Monday, May 7, 2018

Clayborne Education, a local Charlottesville test prep and tutoring organization, will be launching an MCAT prep program this summer.

Alina Nguyen, MCAT Director and UVA Biochemistry graduate, will be designing the curriculum and specifically tailoring to UVA students.

This program is designed to be completely customized to each student's educational background and MCAT prep needs. It includes:

  • free diagnostic test
  • free consultation to create a personalized study plan
  • one-on-one tutoring from a 100th percentile MCAT scorer
  • practice exams
  • all official AAMC practice materials

This program can be completed either online or in person.

Contact: 434-205-3601 // contactus@clayborne.com // www.clayborne.com/mcat

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Megan Plain is a 2nd year pre-medical student in the College majoring in History and Cognitive Science. She is a member of the Women's Lacrosse team and a Member-at-Large on the Pre-Health Leadership Advisory Board. In this post, Megan describes her experience as a pre-health student and student athlete. 
What does a typical week look like for a women's lacrosse student athlete and how does it work with the pre-health track?
The typical week varies depending on the season. In the off-season, only 8 hours per week of mandatory team activity are allowed. 

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: Weight lifting from 2:30 - 3:30, Run / Practice from
    3:30 - 4:30. 
  • Tuesday: Morning practice from 7:15 - 9:0
  • Thursday: No team activities

This schedule offers us flexibility on both Tuesday's and Thursday's since we have almost the entire day available for classes. For a pre-med student, this is the perfect time to schedule labs required for biology, chemistry, physics, and organic chemistry.

When we are in-season, we are allowed a maximum of 20 hours per week of mandatory team activity. We usually play games on Wednesday and Saturday, which accounts for about 6 hours out of each game-day given the pre-game meal 3 hours before game time, followed with getting ready in the locker room with the team. We then have practice all other days of the week except Sunday, which include pre-game film and a once-a-week lift. In addition, we usually travel for half of our games, which requires time away from classes. As a result, it is important to plan accordingly with academic work to determine what can be finished on the road or what should be done on campus.

What resources have been critical to you in the first two years? 
One of the most helpful resources for me has been my own teammates. Beginning second semester of first year, upperclassmen were extremely helpful when choosing certain classes and figuring out how to manage both lacrosse and academics. Another important resource is our athletic academic coordinator, Kate Stephensen, who helps us ease into the life of a student athlete at UVA. She also provides us with academic resources such as tutors and group sessions for classes. First years also have time management tasks to help hold themselves accountable for the work they have to complete. She also opens different opportunities for getting involved in the university, which became helpful for me especially as a 2nd year. In addition, the Career Center has been a great resource to help plan out the upcoming years. It can be overwhelming to look at all the different classes you have to take for both the pre-medical requirements, as well as your major(s). As a result, meeting one-on-one with a pre-health advisor can help ease the stress of figuring out what classes should be taken in specific years, as well as find extracurricular opportunities that work with your schedule.

What is your major and what impacted your decision to pursue this major? 
I am pursuing a major in Cognitive Science - with a concentration in Neuroscience - as well as a second major in History. I had originally planned to apply to the Neuorscience major, but I then discovered the different opportunities Cognitive Science offered because of its diverse course options. Cognitive Science allows me to select classes in the four different core areas which is a benefit both for major credit as well as for my own experience. I think exploring different types of classes in college is important to discover your passions. For me, I discovered I actually enjoy linguistics classes, something I would never considered if I had pursued a different major. History, on the other hand, is something I find intriguing and also adds diversity to my course load. I think balancing your schedule with both science classes and another field of study can serve as a way to add variety and balance, providing a different stimulus and view point within your academic career.

Are you still able to participate in other extracurricular activities even with your practice schedule and course load? 
Absolutely. I try to participate in other activities or clubs in our off-season when I have more time available. Last fall, I was able to volunteer at the Innisfree Village with a program known as the Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART). This is a non-profit organization which works directly with children and adults with special needs. The program was very flexible and I was able to choose the best times that worked with my schedule. Madison House is very helpful in finding different opportunities for pre-med student athletes that accomodates the tight time constraints of their schedules. Academic Affairs also offers many opportunities to get involved in organizations that work directly with different athletic teams and the NCAA. For example, Student Athlete Mentors (SAM) are athletes involved in each of their respective teams, and work as a support system for teammates to voice their concerns or frustrations with anything whether it be academics, athletics, friendships, or just life in general. Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) plays more of a legislative role and serve as representatives of the University. These are just some of the many organizations available for student athletes to get involve outside of athletics.

What about studying abroad? Are there opportunities for pre-health student athletes abroad? 
Yes! Many of my teammates have found study abroad programs specifically during the summer session. I personally will be heading to Switzerland this summer for a six-week program through the School for International Training. Although study abroad opportunities may be a little more challenging to find given a student athlete's limiting schedule, programs are definitely available that are pertinent to your plan of study. I found the Study Abroad office to be very helpful in identifying programs that piqued my interest and worked with my schedule.

How has being a student athlete prepared you for a career in healthcare? 
Being a student athlete requires discipline, time management, and resilience. All of these attributes will be extremely helpful in healthcare given its demanding and intense schedule. Success in the medical field is also reliant on teamwork, which is at the heart of athletics. As part of a sports team, athletes are able to understand how to respect each other and incoporate each person's different attributes to further the success of the team. This is a aquality that will be vitally important in the medical field. Being a student athlete has given me the confidence and work ethic to chase any dream. It's really easy to lose faith when things aren't going well, but, in an intense athletic competition, you have to pick yourself up and make things happen in order to come away with a win. In the medical profession, and in life, working hard and having confidence in yourself is so important, especially when you are impacting someone else's life and well-being. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Pre-Health Hoos who successfully gained admission to a health professional program during the 2017-18 application cycle offer reflections and tips for future applicants

Preparation for the Health Professions
"Pursue the things you are passionate in. This might mean joining a lot of clubs, or maybe joining just a few and finding one you really click in. Be dedicated, and don't sweat minor setbacks. If you do your best, the end result can't be all that bad!"
-Timmy Nguyen, UVA '18

"Note that the journey to medical school is a long process. You will definitely thank yourself later if you engage in activities that are sincerely meaningful to you. This will show on your application and in your interviews!"
-Prinyanka Vuppala, UVA '17

"Be true to yourself."
-Siva Rajamarthandan, UVA '16

"The journey to reach your goals may look different from what you anticipated. Every diversion can be an opportunity to learn and expand your understanding. These diversions have enriched my story and carved my path."
-Karla Platzer, UVA '11

"I wasn't pre-med while I was an undergraduate, but for students who are thinking about medicine later in their college careers, begin getting clinical exposure as early as possible to see if healthcare is something you really want to do."
-Christian Gigante, UVA '16

"Do only the things you love and are passionate about because those are the things you will be able to discuss in interviews."
-Alana Ines Castro-Gilliard

"Don't give up. It's hard but worth it."
-Ashli Everstine, UVA '17

"Pre-health culture these days is dominated by a "box-checking" mentality. Grades, MCAT, volunteering, leadership, research, etc. But becoming a doctor, and demonstrating a real passion for medicine is about way more than checking. Yes, you need good grades and a good MCAT score sure helps, but don't do things simply because medical schools want you to. Do things you're passionate about. Things that will help you build skills that will contribute to your ability to become a physician. The check boxes will fall into place from there."
-Jesse Persily, UVA '18

"Work on creating a holistic application with non-medical community service / activities you are legitimately passionate about rather than just focusing on resume boosters."
-Alexa Dzienny, UVA '18

"Talk to as many health professionals as possible about their experience to make a more informed decision about your own health profession choice."
-Mitchell Popielec, UVA '18

"If you do your best, you will achieve anything you set your mind to. Also, do not be confined to school. Make sure you have something to do that's NOT academics or career related. My thing is CrossFit, both as an athlete and coach."
-Hannah Hardy, UVA '18

"Don't be afraid to explore different academic disciplines. Majoring in religious studies made me stand our during the application process and gives me a unique and sought-after perspective entering the physical therapy field!"
-Laura Guy, UVA '17

"Be true to who you are and why you are pursuing graduate school. Don't be fake or try to be the applicant you think schools want. You want to attend a school that truly believes you will thrive there by being who you are."
-Besty Pettit, UVA '17

"No one's path is the same. Everyone acts like you have to hit exactly X, Y, and Z in that order but it's so inaccurate. You can take that path. Or you can do them backwards and upside down! Do what's right for you at the time that it's right for you. Being pre-med is stressful and trying to check boxes off of someone else's list makes it worse. And make sure to add in plenty of nights with friends to keep yourself balanced!"
-Danielle Hafer, UVA '17

"Get to know your professors, find mentors you admire, seek leadership positions in organizations you are passionate about (doesn't have to be healthcare)."
-Sandy Hoang, UVA '17

"Do not give up if you haven't performed as well as you hoped whether with your grades of your MCAT score. If you work hard and remain dedicated, you can achieve your goals. Figure out what went wrong and put all of your effort into fixing the problem. In the end, your weaknesses can become your greatest strengths."
-Chioma Elechi, UVA '11  

Application Process
"The application process is long and hard. Make it easier on yourself by valuing quality of schools over quantity. To avoid draining yourself mentally and financially, select schools based on where you think you are likely to get in AND enjoy yourself. No point in applying to 30 schools that aren't reasonable."
-Nayla Labban, UVA '18

"Start early on your application! The earlier you start writing your statement and completing parts of the application, the better, as the application can feel very overwhelming if you try to finish it all in one go."
-Jackie Lee, UVA '17

"Don't be afraid to ask for help. The application process can be lengthy and confusing, but there are so many resources to turn to if you are feeling overwhelmed."
-Joanna Hsu, UVA '18

"Apply to all your state schools, pre-write your secondaries as much as possible, and don't compare your application process to anyone else's -- focus on your journey!"
- Savannah Barkdull, UVA '16

"Make your application unique. Don't stress about doing everything everyone else does!"
-Emily Mosher, UVA '16

"The application cycle feels incredibly long and daunting. Keep your head up and surround yourself with supportive people. I found I made new friends just by supporting each other through the application."
-Peyton McElhone, UVA '18

"Do your best to stay positive! Everyone applying to professional schools is different, which is something to celebrate. Remember you have strengths unique to you alone - present this side when applying to schools. They want to see why you are special!"
-Kathleen Kelly, UVA '18

"Write a cohesive personal statement. During interviews, find a connection between you and the interviewer and be the interviewer's friend! In the end, you'll get matched into medical schools that'll fit you best."
-Sandy Hoang, UVA '17

"Consult advice from current students who are already in your desired program; they have the best advice and will be happy to provide guidance."
-Kathryn Veltman, UVA '18

"Make sure to stay on top of the application. At times (especially during secondaries), there's a lot of things coming at you fast, so stay organized and keep pushing, and you'll get through it. It's a stressful period but it's over before you know it."
-Hans Prakash, UVA '17

"Don't stress out too far in advance. When the admissions process is laid out in front of your, it can seem pretty daunting, so take it one step at a time. Don't start worrying about the interview before even taking the admissions exam. Focus on one thing at a time and by the time you get to the next step, you will feel more prepared."
-Amber Watkins, UVA '18

Monday, April 30, 2018
Pre-Health Advising would like to congratulate UVA applicants who gained admission to a health professional program during the 2017-18 application cycle!

This is not a complete list of UVA applicants who were admitted. If you are a UVA grad who would like to be recognized here for successful admission to a health professional program in the
'17-18 application cycle, please complete this form
Athletic Training
Mitchell Popielec, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Jason Gong Zhang, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Karla Platzer, College of Arts & Sciences '11
Kathryn Veltman, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Chiropractic Medicine
Hannah Hardy, Curry School of Education '18
Alana Ines Castro-Gilliard, College of Arts & Sciences
Alayna Vaughan, College of Arts & Sciences '16
Alexa Dzienny, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Alice Burgess, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Arvin Daneshmand, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Ashli Everstine, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Ben Cardenas, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Betsy Pettit, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Charlotte Chambers, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Chioma Elechi, College of Arts & Sciences '11
Christian Gigante, School of Commerce '16
Connor Liggett, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Corinne Vennitti, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Danielle Hafer, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Delfina Bur, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Emily Harris, College of Arts & Sciences '16
Emily Mosher, College of Arts & Sciences '16
Erica Talbot, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Eric Fromke, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Hans Prakash, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences '17
Irene Lee, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Jackie Lee, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Jacob Hughes, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Jesse Persily, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Joshua Ferey, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Kamila Moalem, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Kathleen Kelly, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Mavra Masood, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Nayla Labban, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Peyton McElhone, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Priyanka Vuppala, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Robert Roth, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Sandy Hoang, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Sarah Shan, College of Arts and Sciences '17
Savannah Barkdull, College of Arts & Sciences '16
Siva Rajamarthandan, College of Arts & Sciences '16
Tania Rodriguez-Caprio, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences '15
Vida Motamedi, College of Arts & Sciences '16
William Pavlis, College of Arts & Sciences '17
Zack Dailey, College of Arts & Sciences '17


Gelare Ghajar-Rahimi, College of Arts & Sciences '16 


Amber Watkins, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Kalie Leone, College of Arts & Sciences '17 


Celina Hu, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Timmy Nguyen, College of Arts & Sciences '18

Physical Therapy
Emily Mulhern, Curry School of Education '18
Joanna Hsu, Curry School of Education '18
Laura Guy, College of Arts & Sciences '17

Molly Donovan, Curry School of Education '18 

Public Health

Cristalle Madray, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Kathleen Kelly, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Kayla Holston, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences '18 

Surgical Assisting

Emily Keeton, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Veterinary Medicine
Carly Levinstein, College of Arts & Sciences '18
Monday, April 30, 2018
This summer, join other Pre-Health Hoos in reading

"Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of many health problems in the black community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care."

New York Times Bestseller
TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2015
Booklist Editor's Choice Books 2015 Selection
O, The Oprah Magazine, "10 Titles to Pick Up Now" for September 2015
Goodreads "Best Books of the Month" Selection for September 2015
and more
Read with #prehealthhoos this summer and 
Stay Tuned for Fall 2018 Common Reading Discussion Groups!
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Sunday, April 29th
2:00 - 5:00 PM 
Lower Garden IX (near West Range)
This Sunday, UVA's undergraduate research journals are co-sponsoring a
Launch Event to distribute free copies of this year's issues! 
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend
+ there's free food!
Participating journals include
 The Oculus (interdisciplinary)
Spectra (engineering) 
Conflux (public health)
Movable Type (media studies)
Virginia Review of Politics (politics)
The Wilson Journal (international affairs) 
These journals contain some of the best undergraduate research on Grounds and can be a very useful resource for students interested in research opportunities, so please stop by!
If you'd like to be featured in next year's issue of The Oculus, 
journal staff are currently accepting DMP papers, theses, and other research for
the spring submission cycle until May 6th. 
Monday, April 23, 2018
Saturday, 4/28
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This program includes a review of
  • Curriculum and innovative teaching style
  • Admissions criteria and class demographics including residency matches for the class of 2018
  • Tour the state of the art simulation classrooms and facilities, Anatomy Labs, and library resources
  • Student life panel discussing highlights of classes and expectations of training, lecture and lab formats, forming study habits, support groups, and taking time to de-stress
  • International rotations and service to underserved area

Students and parents interested in learning about the unique teaching and training of Osteopathic Physicians are encouraged to attend.

Register here

Monday, April 23, 2018
July 22nd - 26th, 2018

The Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine is accepting applications for the 2018 Project P.R.EM.E.D program - Providing Real World Experiences for future Marshall Educated Doctors.

This program is designed to expose, recruit, retain, and support ethnic minority college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. It provide excellent exposure to the health professions and medical school process, exposing participants to life as a medical student.

  • Tour the Joan C Edwards School of Medicine
  • Attend medical school classes and meet faculty participating in medical research
  • Participate in hands-on activities with physicians, physician residents, and medical students
  • Meet medical school and university administrators as well as community leaders
  • Receive a medical student mentor who will serve as a personal guide during the undergraduate experience


  • Grade point average of 3.0 (program will work with students that may be a bit under 3.0)
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year in college
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or university administrator
  • Personal statement
  • US citizenship or permanent residency required 

Deadline to apply
April 30, 2018

More information and application
Questions? Contact Dr. Shelvy Campbell at campbels@marshall.edu

Monday, April 23, 2018
July 25 - 27, 2018
California School of Podiatric Medicine
Oakland, CA 
During this three-day workshop, you'll get a chance to explore the podiatry profession, shadow faculty and students in a variety of clinical settings, learn how to cast and suture, and participate in organized lectures covering the correlation between podiatric medicine and the basic sciences. This event will also review the DPM application and admission process. 
Learn more, including the availability of travel scholarships, and submit an application here.