UVA Pre-Health Advising Blog

News and Opportunities for Students Preparing for Health Professional Programs

Monday, April 23, 2018
Tuesday, June 12 - Thursday, June 14
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Learn more about the dental profession, dental education, and the wide range of
career options available within the dental field! 
To apply
May 22, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018

Virginia Oral, Facial, and Implant Surgery is seeking personable and talented students interested in dental or medical school who would like to gain hands on experience in a surgical setting.

Dr. Gocke is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who has been practicing in McLean, VA since 2007. His practice sees patients for wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and non-invasive rejuvenation procedures. The practice also provides full anesthesia services.

This opportunity can be tailored to full-time or part-time. It can also be a summer or yearly position. Pay is commensurate with experience.

To apply
Contact Dr. M. Timothy Gocke, DDS at tim.gocke@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
APTA's DPT Education Virtual Fair
April 26, 2018
9 am-9 pm EST
The American Physical Therapy Association will be hosting a free virtual fair for all pre-DPT students. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about physical therapy education programs available to you.

Sponsor: University of Saint Augustine School of Health Sciences
You have the opportunity to:
1. Meet admissions representative, faculty, and students in a live online event
2. Have all pertinent questions answered
3. Upload your resume prior to the event to get feedback (optional)

Registration/Additional Information
Questions? Call (770)980-0088 or email apta@careereco.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Diversity Virtual Fair
April 24, 2018
11 am-3 pm EST
CareerEco Virtual Events will be holding a hosting free a diversity virtual fair featuring many different health profession schools. Schools will include MD, Nursing, Pharmacy, PA, PT, OT, Public Health, and more!

You will have the opportunity to:
1. Meet admission representatives, faculty and students in an online live event
2. Get immediate answers on your most pressing questions about pursuing your academic goals in healthcare
3. Attend the event from anywhere

Registration/Additional Information
Questions? Call (770)980-0088 or email Diversity@CareerEco.com 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Check out the 2018 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs on May 23 and 24! Over the two days, you will be have the opportunity to visit multiple dental school booths and learn about the ADEA AADSAS application. This virtual fair is free of charge, live, and online.

Day 1: ADEA AADSAS Prep Day Live, May 23 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST (Online)
1. Hear advice on completing a successful ADEA AADSAS application
2. Learn how to overcome common obstacles related to the application
3. Gain strategies to better prepare for the American Dental Association Dental Admission Test (ADA DAT)
4. Benefit from the opportunity to chat with customer service representatives who can answer questions about ADEA AADSAS.
Day 2: Dental School Chat Day, May 24 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST (Online)
1. Interact with dental school admissions officers from more than 50 U.S. dental schools in live, virtual booth spaces
2. Watch video presentations on financial planning, interviewing and other “hot topics” for successful applicants
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

United2Heal at UVA is holding their 2nd annual Raffle2Heal fundraiser. United2Heal is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that collects in-kind medical donations, and ships these supplies to regions abroad where there is real need, but few resources. U2H believes the lack of medical supplies should never restrict someone's access to proper healthcare. So far, U2H has collected nearly $200,000 in medical supplies and equipment, and completed a joint-shipment of medical supplies with United2Heal at VCU to Haiti and Nigeria. With your help, U2H can continue to provide overseas healthcare workers with the basic medical resources they need to save and improve lives.

Each raffle ticket costs only $2, payable via Venmo to @United2Heal, or with cash at the drawing on April 25th. You don't need to be present at the drawing to win.

Prizes include:

  • $30 gift card to Sweethaus Cupcakes
  • Starr Hill Brewery Growler Basket ($55 value)
  • $25 gift card to Splendora's Gelato
  • 3 movie passes to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (1 winner gets all 3 tickets)
  • 6 King Family Vineyard classic tasting certificates (3 winners; 2 certificates per winner)
  • $50 gift card too the Fitzroy
  • $50 gift card to Oakhart Social
  • Glo-Out Glamour Bar
  • Paragon Day Spa gift certificate
  • $25 gift card to Sticks

More to come.

Purchase raffle tickets here

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The University of North Carolina's Institute for Trauma Recovery is seeking highly talented baccalaureate or master's degree holders with an outstanding academic record and passion for research, to apply for a one year research funding opportunity sponsored by the federal government.

The goal of the Institute for Trauma Recovery is to advance understanding of the biological processes mediating recovery after trauma, and to use the latest scientific technology to develop individually tailored interventions that promote rapid recovery and prevent chronic symptom development. A primary responsibility of this individual will be to assist in the coordination of an ongoing large-scale prospective longitudinal study of sexual assault survivors. This may involve many skills and tasks, including

  • Conducting telephone surveys with participants
  • Tracking and monitoring participants through the studies
  • Training remote sites in study procedures
  • Maintaining daily/weekly communication with recruiting sites
  • Completing mock patients
  • Training new data collectors at recruiting sites

Other responsibilities will include working closely with a multidisciplinary research team to advance all studies in the research program. The duration of the program will be one year.


  • Individuals with disabilities 
  • Individuals from the following racial and ethnic groups, which have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research:
    • African Americans
    • Hispanic Americans
    • Native Americans
    • Alaskan Natives
    • Hawaiian Natives
    • Natives of the US Pacific Islands
  • Demonstrated interest in and wish to pursue research training in health-related sciences such as biology, psychology, or neuroscience while applying for admission to graduate or medical school. 
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills 

To apply
Interested individuals should send their CV and a personal statement (500 words maximum), describing their background and reason for interest in applying for the position to katharine_ricks@med.unc.edu.

Information regarding the research group can be found here.
To learn more about this funding opportunity, and for eligibility details, please visit:


Monday, April 16, 2018

In February 2018, UVA Pre-Health Advisors and student representatives participated in the Pathways to Physician Diversity National Summit sponsored by the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

With stakeholders from medical schools, private practice, post bac programs, undergraduate institutions, MD-PhD programs, non-profit organizations, and more, the Summit provided an environment for national conversation on current challenges and future solutions to the access pathways for underrepresented students in medical education.

Ana Torres is a 3rd year Kinesiology major interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Ana currently serves on the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board, as President of Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Society, and as a mentor in the Hispanic/Latino Peer Mentoring Program. Next year, she'll be a member of the 4th Year Trustees and work as a Resident Advisor.

In what ways did this experience benefit you individually? How might it benefit other pre-health students? 
One of my biggest motivations for becoming a doctor is the need for diverse representation in healthcare, not only among minorities, but also among women. I believe this will provide a service to the patient population and medical field as a whole but also serve as an inspiration for other minority students who may doubt their ability to achieve this goal. Though this has always been my motivation, it never felt like a real cause. My participation in the Physician Diversity National Summit allowed me to interact with other like-minded individuals and reinforced my motivation for this cause. Beyond confirmation of my personal goals, there were many benefits to this experience.

  • Networking: Since this was the first event of its kind, there were a disproportionate amount of professionals compared to pre-medical student participants. To my advantage, this allowed me to pursue personal interactions with the professionals represented including physicians, pre-medical advisors, medical school admission officers, and post-bac program representatives. They were all excited to see pre-medical students there and were willing to help. I met a lot of people at this event who I've followed up with and continued forming relationships. I have even been able to bring the connects I made to other students here at UVA.
  • Advisor Relationships: I traveled to the Summit with two of the UVA Pre-Health Advisors and another undergraduate pre-medical student. The intimacy of the trip and our discussions at the conference allowed us some really meaningful conversation apart from the formal meeting. It allowed for a nice experience outside the formal academic / UVA setting. 
  • Learning: 
    • I learned about different communities who need representation and support but are not currently well represented. Specifically, the Native American population. 
    • I also learned about different programs and organizations. To name a couple, SIU MEDPREP (postbac program) and Artmesis' Society. I probably would not be aware of either of these organizations without attending this conference. Now I will be able to access them throughout my pre-medical journey. 
    • Any conference that aligns with the goal of diversity in healthcare will be beneficial to any pre-health student. Not only will it build on your professional skills, but you will learn more about yourself and your goals. 
    • After the Summit, I attended the Annual Medical Education Conference in San Francisco through an organization on grounds called Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Society (DHW). The environment at this conference provided an equally inclusive feeling of support as the Diversity Summit. I even saw several familiar faces. A lot of the physicians in attendance are members of an organization similar to DHW and continue their involvement throughout their professional career. DHW allows for the same feeling of support here at UVA and can also connect students to these types of professional opportunities and networks.

 If you could convey 3 primary messages to your peers as a result of your experience, what would they be? 

  • Diversity is excellence: The idea that excellence is sacrificed or compromised for the sake of diversity arose as a frequent theme of conversation at the Summit. Every time it surfaced, conference attendees refuted it. It is important for minority students to understand their presence enhances the medical field. It is not a flaw. Success is not always in a perfect GPA or MCAT score and shouldn't be since there are many factors that contribute to the characteristics of a great physician. As denoted in the image below, in many cases minority students face additional obstacles and challenges their counterparts may not. Diversity in the medical field will not only help future patients, but it will also improve the collective practice of all healthcare providers. 
  • Use your resources: Join a pre-medical organization on grounds. Many of the physicians at the Summit spoke of specific organization that helped them and their mentees throughout their career path. These organizations can often offer entrance exam help, shadowing opportunities, conference experiences similar to the Summit I attended, in addition to a community of support. It is great to be surrounded by a group of like-minded people that can support and walk alongside you on your journey. I chose to join DHW here at UVA. You can learn more about it here.
  • Do not give up.  If a career in medicine is something you really want, you will get there. No one's path is the same and it may take longer than you originally thought, but your experiences and failures will only make you stronger. It's not really about the failures, but how you react to them and use them to strengthen yourself. Ask for help when you need it, look for mentorship and opportunities. Also, always remember to reach back to help others follow in your foot steps. Working together as a team is how we achieve this goal of improving diversity.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Drs. Bare, Basic, & Rohm Optometrists, adjacent to UVA in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, is seeking a part-time employee(s) to work as an optometric technician / administrative assistant.

Main tasks

  • Greet patients
  • Check patients in
  • Complete a pre-test battery using several machines in the office
  • Begin patient history
  • Answer the phone
  • Collect payments 

Time commitment

  • Saturday's, 9am - 4pm, beginning in July 
  • Preference given to students who can work during breaks 

The person currently in this role is a UVA student who is graduating and continuing to optometry school in the fall. 

If interested, submit a resume and brief email of interest to drbasic2020@gmail.com.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Emergency Department in Woodbridge, VA is currently interviewing qualified applicants to join their team starting in Summer 2018.

Required commitment

  • 2 shifts / week for a part-time position
  • 4 shifts / week for a full-time position
  • At least one year
    *We do not offer summer-only positions at this time and are unable to hire anyone who has not graduated given the extensive training process associated with the role.


  • The ideal candidate is a recent graduate or graduating senior who will be taking one - two bridge year(s) before entering medical school, PA school, or other related healthcare field programs.  
  • Flexibility. The scribe position requires a lot of flexibility as scribes work days / nights / weekends / holidays. Sometimes, shifts may change at the last minute, and our scribes need to accommodate the schedule of our providers.

To Apply

If you will not be graduating this summer, please reach out when you will be graduating as this program has openings each year. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask by contacting the email address above. 

Co-Lead Medical Scribes:
Nirav Patel and Andrew McCullen

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
UVA Pre-Health Advising would like to congratulate those who were
admitted in the 2017-18 health professions application cycle!
While this application cycle is not yet complete,
we invite applicants who gained admission thus far to
1. Complete our Admitted Students form so we can recognize your success
and connect future Pre-Health Hoos with you!
2.  Join Pre-Health Advisors and the Student Leadership Advisory Board for
the Pre-Health Acceptance Reception!

Friday, April 27th, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium

Monday, April 9, 2018

In February 2018, UVA Pre-Health Advisors and student representatives participated in the Pathways to Physician Diversity National Summit sponsored by the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

With stakeholders from medical schools, private practice, post bac programs, undergraduate institutions, MD-PhD programs, non-profit organizations, and more, the Summit provided an environment for national conversation on current challenges and future solutions to the access pathways for underrepresented students in medical education.

Mariam Gbadamosi is a 2nd year Human Biology major interested in pursuing a career in medicine. She is a Peer Advisor in the Office of African American Affairs and a Peer Health Educator in the Department of Student Health. 

Describe your experience at the Pathways to Physician Diversity National Summit. 
I really enjoyed my time at the Summit because despite the stagnation of diversity in medicine, I was able to hear new perspectives from a variety of stakeholders invested in the cause. The perspective of a pre-health advisor differs from that of a resident physician and from that of a program funder but all of those perspectives are integral to the puzzle. On many occasions, attendees repeated that the lack of diversity in healthcare will not be solved by one program alone. Increased diversity in healthcare is only attainable with the culmination of everyone's collective effort. What struck me the most during the Summit was everyone's enthusiasm and willingness to listen and collaborate with one another.

Describe 3 speakers from the Summit who were most meaningful to you. Who are they? What did they have to say? Why was it meaningful to you? 

  • Dr. Richard Carmona: He shared the quintessential underdog story. He was a high school dropout from Harlem, New York who rose to become Surgeon General of the United States. He started his medical career when he enlisted in the army as a medic and learned tough lessons about doing public health work in Vietnam. He eventually worked his way through community college and to medical school. President George W. Bush nominated Carmona to the office of Surgeon General and he was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, 98-0. Dr. Carmona's story spoke to me because he represented a "non-traditional" path to medicine and stories like his are not what students typically think of when they imagine the path to becoming a doctor. Dr. Carmona reminded me more than ever that where you come from and whatever setbacks you face should never close the door to a career in medicine. 
  • Voices from the Pipeline Panel: This panel featured minority physicians at various career stages who discussed their paths to medicine. This discussion stood out because they highlighted the barriers they experienced after admitted to medical school, as well as barriers that persist throughout their careers. Two themes -- mentorship and sponsorship -- surfaced throughout the discussion. Both of these factors were instrumental in allowing the physicians on the panel to overcome the barriers they faced in medical school and beyond. In addition to seeking these relationships, each physician committed to turning around and becoming mentors and sponsors for those coming behind them. 
    • Mentorship: ongoing relationships formed with more experienced physicians that allow insight into the "hidden curriculum" of medicine
    • Sponsorship: support or promotion of someone; opening doors to someone for whom the doors may not have otherwise opened.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County Meyerhoff Scholars Program: This presentation highlighted the enormous impact of targeted pathway programs on increasing diversity in medicine. The program provides underrepresented students in STEM mentorship and research experience on their paths to terminal degrees like PhDs or MD/PhDs. They identified that low expectations, academic and cultural isolation, stereotype threat, and lack of support were some of many factors that impede underrepresented students from persisting in STEM fields. With the help of this program, UMBC is the leading school in the nation for graduating African Americans that earn MD/PhD degrees. This presentation stood out to me because it illustrates that a supportive - rather than malignant - environment is a crucial piece to the medicine pipeline.

If you could convey 3 primary messages to your peers as a result of your experience, what would they be? 

  • There is no single path to medicine and it is fine to have a roadblock. The door to medicine is always open and it is perfectly fine to take a "non-traditional" or path less traveled. 
  • Seek mentorship from anyone that may have guidance to offer you even if they don't look like you or do exactly the same thing you want to do. Also, try to offer mentorship to those who may benefit from your insight. 
  • The issues of lack of diversity in healthcare don't end after admission to medical school. They are present throughout the field. But don't let that be a discouragement. As one of the Summit speakers put it, "The spotlight will always be on you, so why not let them see you succeed?"

Is there anything else you'd like to share? 
I would just like to share some thoughts on why diversity in medicine is particularly important and why there should be greater investment in this challenge. The United States is becoming a more and more diverse country, which is reflected in the patient population. However, it isn't reflected in our physician population. Increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine will go a long way to increase the cultural competence of the field as a whole and to tackle health disparities. 

Reference: Trends in Racial and Ethnic Minority Applicants and Matriculants to U.S. Medical Schools, 1980-2016. AAMC Analysis in Brief, 17 (3).

Monday, April 9, 2018

Olivia Ingram is a 2nd year UVA student and an Ambassador for Atlantis (previously known as the Atlantis Project). She completed a medical fellowship in Mallorca, Spain for three weeks in summer 2017. As an Ambassador for Atlantis, she works to spread the word about the program.
What is Atlantis? How did you hear about it? 
Atlantis is a summer program that allows college students to go abroad to Europe or South America to shadow doctors and experience the world of healthcare from another culture's point of view. Fellowships range from 3 - 8 weeks in the summer and are available in 8 countries including Spain, Ecuador, Greece, and Croatia. I found out about it by research summer experiences for pre-medical students. When I found Atlantis, I was uncertain about the program and its reliability. After reading further reviews, I decided to enroll. The program exceeded my expectations.

What did your experience with Atlantis consist of? Can you describe a typical day? 
In Mallorca, I stayed in a house with 9 other students in the program who were from different universities in the United States. Each week consisted of 4 days shadowing in the hospital, 1 day of a planned excursion, and free weekends. I experienced 4 different specialties in the hospital (ER, ICU, Radiology, and Cardiology), volunteered to help doctors with their English, and even became a co-author of a paper currently in submission for a medical journal. My typical day consisted of waking up around 8am, eating breakfast, and taking the train to the hospital. At the hospital, each day varied, and some days were more exciting than others, but that is common for physicians. We finished shadowing around 3pm and headed back to our house. Usually, I did something fun in the afternoons such as go to the beach or into the city to go shopping or to dinner. The experience was a great balance of medical preparation and exploration of a new country.

Why do you recommend this opportunity for other UVA grads? For whom might it be well suited? 
As a pre-medical student, I find it difficult to go abroad for a semester, as much as I would like to. This program allows students to experience time abroad, while also accessing exposure to a medical environment you would not access in the United States. The program also helped me with my Spanish. Most physicians there are able to speak English, but they enjoy if you want to practice Spanish with them.

Is there anything else you would like to share? 
Please reach out to me if you have any questions. I am happy to speak more about my experience. I can be reached at oai4tu@virginia.edu.
Pre-Health Advising supports students sharing their clinical experiences; but does not endorse specific organizations that sponsor clinical service trips abroad. We recommend all students carefully review organizations prior to enrolling in an international trip to fully understand the legal, ethical, and safety concerns participants may face when engaging in health-related activities.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Apply to be an Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) Summer Associate! 
ODI is a fast-paced, start-up styled team in higher education looking to create a robust diversity strategy to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff at the Georgetown School of Medicine.

ODI Goals

  • Develop, support, and advance community outreach and pipeline programs within the District of Columbia, middle schools, and high schools to scope talent pipeline partnerships
  • Benchmark diversity strategies across the country and across different sectors (tech, education, business) and adapt them to the school of medicine
  • Build a supportive community on campus that connects students, faculty, and staff;  then feature our diverse populations
  • Work with Georgetown's renowned GEMS program, a history program for the development and promotion of students traditionally underrepresented in medicine and academically high risk or disadvantaged in their journey to internal medicine and health related careers
  • Launch an exciting social media campaign to build an incredible community on social media spotlighting students and diversity and inclusion work at the School of Medicine.

Dates June 11 - August 10, 2019


  • $3,000 stipend
  • Direct mentorship with supervisors and 1:1 career coaching and development
  • Rich and dynamic team experience
  • Networking opportunity to grow your professional contacts in higher education and at the School of Medicine 

Application deadline
April 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM EST

Questions? Contact Spencer Cook, Innovation Associate, at slc279@georgetown.edu

Apply here!

Friday, April 6, 2018
Saturday, April 28th
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Stratford, NJ
Topics include: 
  • What you need to know to become a competitive applicant
  • Curriculum options: problem based learning (PBL) and traditional
  • RowanSOM Class of 2018 Match
  • Research Opportunities
  • Tour of RowanSOM Campus including state of the art anatomy, simulation, and OMM labs
  • Student panel
  • Global health initiatives and more

Register here

Thursday, April 5, 2018

UVA in St Andrews: Science for Health Professions Info Session

Tuesday, April 10th
4:00 PM
New Cabell 168

In partnership with the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UVA offers a science-focused program for semester and year study abroad. The track is designed for students who are in the sciences or with interest in the health professions.

Curious? Check out Lindsay Riordan, UVA '17's experience!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Johns Hopkins University Department of Neurology is seeking an undergraduate Research Assistant to help execute one or more research studies aimed at identifying biomarkers for Parkinson disease and related disorders. The undergraduate Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and Study Coordinators to help prepare for and conduct research study visits.

Location: Johns Hopkins Green Spring Station Campus, Lutherville, MD
Duration: June 2018 - August 2018
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hourly Rate: $12.00 - $16.00 (determined based on education level and experience)

Job Duties

  • Administer 10-minute neuropsychological test
  • Process biological specimens, including blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid
  • Enter data into electronic database(s)
  • Organize and file participant records
  • Prepare and maintain study materials
  • Manage and update inventories of biological specimens


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Related experience preferred

Successful applicants will be personable, detail-oriented, well organized, and dedicated to helping patients with diverse needs. Prospective applicants must demonstrate excellent time management skills by effectively prioritizing and working on multiple tasks with concurrent deadlines. Applicants must also have strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of the larger research team.

Please note
This position is located on a satellite campus of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in a northern suburb of Baltimore city. There is currently no shuttle service to this location from the other campuses, nor are there any public transportation options available that accomodate the position's working hours. Therefore, the candidate will need to have reliable access to a car for daily commuting to and from the Green Spring Station campus.

To apply, please email a curriculum vitae with cover letter to Ms. Catherine Bakker, M.S., Research Program Manager, at ccbakker@jhmi.edu.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

In an ideal world, you'd be able to visit every PA school you're interested in. You would see the campus, the classrooms, chat with faculty, and connect with students.

But we don't live in an ideal world, so we have the next best thing: PA virtual fairs. Not familiar with virtual fairs? They are a great way to connect with program representatives right from your computer or phone.

Register today so you can:

  • Visit almost 40 program chat rooms
  • Get direct access to program faculty & staff
  • Learn more about PA program campuses, student life, and more
  • Get application tips
  • Explore admissions requirements to help you find your best fit programs
  • Access CASPA representatives to help you easily navigate the application

The best part? It's FREE!

This year's virtual fairs will be held on April 10th and July 25th.
Registration is now open for the April fair.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Take a deep dive into the confusing state of the U.S. Health Care system with Professor Rick Mayes
Monday, April 2, 2018

Still trying to figure out summer plans? Are you interested in emergency medicine, humanitarian relief work, wilderness medicine, or global health? If so, come explore the great outdoors and learn from physicians who work around the world. Build your resume, network, and travelogue through pre-med summer courses offered by the University of Colorado Department of Pre-Med/Pre-Health Emergency and Wilderness Medicine! Here are some great upcoming opportunities:

Pre-Med Wilderness First Responder Courses (Colorado)
Spend 2 weeks getting hands on experience in the fields of emergency and wilderness medicine. You will experience EMS ride alongs, ED shadowing, backpacking, etc. and will have the opportunity to earn your Wilderness First Responder and CPR certificate. 3 academic credit hours are available for this course.

Location: University of Colorado
Dates: May 21-June 1, 2018 or August 6-17, 2018
Register here 

Pre-Med Wilderness First Responder Course (New York)
The University of Colorado will also be hosting a pre-med wilderness first responder course. You will learn valuable skills in assessing and treating patients in a wilderness medical crisis and will have the opportunity to earn CPR and Wilderness First Responder certifications.

Location: Queensbury, NY at the SUNY Adirondack Campus 
Dates: June 3 - 12, 2018 
Register here 
Monday, April 2, 2018

If you are interested in a career in dentistry, you should attend the upcoming ADEA AADSAS webinar. The webinar is a "can't miss" overview of the dental school application process where you will be able to secure the details needed to prepare and submit an application on June 5, 2018, the first date of submission. 

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2019
Time: 1:30 om-2:30 pm

Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7392917562834325762

Monday, April 2, 2018

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) awards funds to health profession students pursuing careers as primary care providers in exchange for their commitment to serve in high-need underserved communities. Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a taxable monthly living stipend.

After completion of graduation / training, recipients fulfill their service commitment at one of more than 16,000 NHSC-approved sites throughout the nation and its territories. Each scholar serves for a minimum of 2 years and receives one year of financial support (up to four years) for each year of service at an NHSC site.

All applicants must:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen (either U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. National
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student
  • Be attending or accepted to attend an accredited school (Medicine - DO / MD, Dentistry, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse - Midwife, Physician Assistant)
  • Be located in a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory
  • Be eligible for federal employment
  • Not have an existing service obligation
  • Submit a complete application

Learn more about the NHSC Scholarship Program and application process

Application Webinar
Thursday, 4/12, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Webinar Link

NHSC Scholarship Application Q&A Session
Thursday, 4/26, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Webinar Link

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Join UVA Alpha Epsilon Delta for a visit from
VCU School of Medicine Dean of Admissions, Dr. Whitehurst-Cook,
along with current medical students for an information session on VCU's
curriculum and application process. 
Monday, April 2nd 
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Nau Hall 211

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Making plans for your Fall 2018 course schedule?
Consider these health-related courses which may fulfill a pre-requisite requirement or simply address an important topic relevant to the health professions.

*Note: This is not a complete listing of health-related courses or pre-requisite requirements. Please speak with your academic advisor and pre-health advisor when solidifying course selections. Seek additional information regarding pre-requisites for your profession of choice under "requirements and involvement" here.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Interested in learning about the optometry profession? 

New York State residents who are full time college students and identify as historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged are eligible for the State University of New York College of Optometry CSTEP Programs:

  • Spring Internships Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 15. This is an exploratory program, designed to let students shadow in the clinics, visit private practices, go through professional school readiness workshops, network with students and faculty, and do a research presentation.
  • Summer Academic Program  Every Tuesday, May 29 - July 24. Students take introductory optometry curriculum courses with renowned faculty, for 2 elective credits, possibly transferable to the students' college institution. They also shadow one day in the clinic. 

More information and application

Monday, March 26, 2018
April 7, 2018
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
The University of Maryland School of Dentistry invites you to campus for: 
overview of program
question and answer session
tour of the facilities
Contact the Office of Admissions at
or ddsadmissions@umaryland.edu
Sunday, March 25, 2018
July 22 - 25, 2018
The 12th Annual Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) program
is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants
to the profession of optometry.
The goal of the programs is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority
undergraduate college students to careers in optometry and increase
the number of underrepresented students who enter optometry schools at
Ohio State and across the nation. 
Financial assistance provided for participants covering all meals,
on-campus housing, activities, and airfare up to $500 for those traveling to Columbus. 
Application, eligibility, and further information
Application deadline: April 9th, 2018
Sunday, March 25, 2018

One of the top skills health professional programs seek among applicants? 

Join Tim Davis, UVA Executive Director for Leadership and Resilience, for a series on scientifically-supported approaches to managing stress and prospering during times of adversity. 

  • Diffusing Mind Traps
    Wednesday, 3/28, 4:00 pm
    Clemons Room 220
    Examine common cognitive patterns that inhibit resilience and learn helpful strategies for overcoming those patterns.
  • Mindfulness 101
    Wednesday, 4/4, 4:00 pm
    Clemons Room 220
    Discover some of the beneficial effects of mindfulness such as mental clarity, composure, well-being, and more.

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Altius Test Prep is offering 20% off full-length MCAT Practice Exams
during the month of March.
  • Ten (10) Full-Length Exams: Use Code 10MARCH20
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To claim this offer, enter either code on page 2 of checkout at altiustestprep.com/tests.
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Start the 2019 ADEA AADSAS Cycle in Mid-May!

This year, the AADSAS application "soft opens" on May 15, 2018, allowing applicants to start the application three weeks prior to the official opening. This added preparatory time ends the pressure to submit same-day. AADSAS will open for application submission on June 5th and continue throughout the summer.

What does this mean?
You now have extra time to learn what the application requires and what is needed for its completion before submission is even available. You'll have 3 full weeks to work on your application and gather necessary materials before the first possible submission date on June 5th!

Review the ADEA AADSAS instructions on ADEA GoDental or contact the ADEA AADSAS Customer Service Team at aadsasinfo@aadsasweb.org or 617.612.2045. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Hoo's staying in Charlottesville this summer?
Registration for Madison House summer volunteer programs opens Friday, 3/23! Visit madisonhouse.org for a list of programs accepting summer volunteers.

Looking for summer volunteer opportunities at a Charlottesville hospital? Check out the Volunteer Services departments at

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the UVA Career IDEAS Externship Program!

What is an externship? 
It's a job shadowing opportunity that can last anywhere from 3 to 7 days. It allows you to gain personal exposure to a career field and can serve as the gateway to a new professional experience. Some externships even allow you to gain introductory skills required for a particular industry or job function.

The Career IDEAS Externship Program connects students with meaningful externship opportunities in J-Term and during the summer months. You can apply to the program via Handshake.

The program is open to all students, but priority will be given to those who have not had an externship or internship experience.The following groups are especially encouraged to apply:
2nd and 3rd years who are first-generation college students and part of underrepresented populations.

Summer 2018 Health-Related Externship Sites

More information & application

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
VA Tech
  • Veterinary open house
    • Saturday April 7 from 10 am-3 pm

Mary Baldwin University

  • PA / PT / OT info session
    • Saturday, March 17 from 9 am-12 pm

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

  • PA / OT open house
    • May 19 from 9 am-12 pm
James Madison University
  • PA info sessions
    • Friday, March 16 at 9 am
    • Monday, April 16 at 2:30 pm
  • OT info sessions
    • Friday Mar. 16 at 2 pm
    • Friday May 18 at 2 pm

Shenandoah University

  • PA open houses
    • Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
  • PT open houses
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – Winchester Campus
    • Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
    • Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00am – Winchester Campus
  • OT Program open houses
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – Winchester Campus
    • Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
    • Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00am – Winchester Campus

George Washington University  

Howard University

  • Medicine open houses
    • 1st Friday of every month

Radford University

  • OT info session
    • Saturday, March 24, 2018 -- 12:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • OT open houses
    • 3rd Friday of each month from 1-2:45 pm
  • Medicine open house
  • Dentistry open house
    • Friday, March 23, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Pharmacy open house
    • Fridays from 2-4 pm

University of Maryland

  • Pharmacy open house
    • April 7 from 9:30-12:30 pm
  • Dentistry open house
    • April 7

State University of New York

  • Optometry open house
    • May 31 from 9:30 am-1 pm

Georgetown University
  • Medicine info sessions
    • Monday, April 16, 2018
    • Monday, April 23, 2018
    • Monday, May 7, 2018
    • Monday, May 21, 2018
    • Monday, June 4, 2018
    • Monday, June 18, 2018
    • Monday, July 9, 2018
    • Monday, July 16, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Are you interested in a different type of international trip? Join a team of researchers, faculty, and students to Israel to be part of a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to better understand how knowledge in craniofacial development can inform us about archaeology and anthropology. The research team has published preliminary findings in Nature (28 January 2015) that has garnered interested around the world. Additional information can be gleaned from the Manot Cave Project Facebook page.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is a partner in this dig with Ben Gurion University and is organizing two volunteer student groups to assist in the research in the month of July. The costs for participation are $1,000 plus travel costs if the student wants to stay for 2 - 3 weeks. Meals and lodging are included.

Deadline April 1, 2018

Contact information
For specific details, please contact Yvonne McDermott at ypm@case.edu, subject "Manot 2018."
Please note, spaced filled quickly last year for this opportunity.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SMLP is a free, six-week summer medical enrichment program for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

Program includes:

  • Lecture series by leaders in medicine
  • Mentoring by eminent physicians
  • Exposure to clinical settings
  • Personal career development counseling
  • Workshops on medical school admissions, financial planning, time and stress

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis until April 15th, 2018.
 More information and application

"Diversity of thought, background, and perspective has been clearly shown to improve everything. Here at UVA SMLP, we believe the road to health equity requires diverse leaders in healthcare to ensure all benefit from the promise of advances in medicine and information technology. Our goal is to provide educational experience for talented, committed individuals who are pursuing careers in Medicine so they may become leaders in healthcare."
-Dr. Michael D. Williams, MD FACS
 Director, Summer Medical Leadership Program
 Director, Center for Health Policy
 Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Integration
 Director, Emergency General Surgery
 Associate Professor, Surgery and Public Health Sciences

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
July 9 - 12, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Buffalo, New York
The Pharmacy Summer Institute is an enrichment program providing information about the challenging career pathway opportunities in the profession of pharmacy and exposure to the fields of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences to interested and motivated students. 
This unique day camp experience incorporates active participation in a broad scope of learning experiences including "hands-on" training in pharmacy practice skills,
lectures by local Buffalo area alumni pharmacist practitioners, and field trips. 
The program reviews pharmacy education opportunities and the pharmacy curriculum at
University at Buffalo as well as recommended collegiate pre-pharmacy course work. 
Application deadline: June 1
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I am a dermatologist in private practice in Charlottesville. My office is located on Pantops. This will be our seventh year offering this bridge year opportunity. Over the years we have had great success working with new UVA graduates in teaching them valuable hands on medical skills.

We are presently seeking to hire students considering a year off from their studies prior to enrollment in medical school or physician assistant school. We are in need of a dermatology clinical assistant / scribe who would:

  • Bring patients back from the waiting room
  • Take an initial history of the medical problems to be discussed
  • Generate prescriptions to be electronically sent
  • Help with surgical procedures
  • Provide medical education regarding dermatological conditions and treatment

This individual does not have to have any dermatology or surgical knowledge. We will teach all that is needed. This is a paid position.

This position will qualify as excellent experience for a medical school / PA school application. After working with us for a year, the individual will be comfortable seeing live patients, taking succinct medical histories, assisting with surgical procedures, interfacing with electronic medical records, and well versed in dermatological diseases and treatments.

We will be making our decision in the coming months. Interested applicants should submit a resume, current GPA, and MCAT scores (if taken) to my email address as soon as possible:


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Immersive Healthcare Delivery Experience in Ghana, Honduras, and India
Participate in a hands-on, immersive, and unique global health experience for weeks or months in any of the above locations. Students and professionals support and assist local doctors as the local doctors provide care in villages, slums, and refugee camps to those who are otherwise unable to access or afford care. During the past decade, Unite For Sight has worked with local partners to provide care to 2.5 million patients, including more than 100,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Unite for Sight's program offers extensive learning opportunities for those interested in any aspect of public health, medicine, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Participants support and learn from the talented local doctors who are social entrepreneurs addressing complex global health issues.
Details and application instructions 

Unpaid internship in New Haven, Connecticut
The Global Health Leadership Internship provides outstanding undergraduate, public health, medical, and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, with an opportunity to engage in high impact frontline global health delivery programs. This internship has a minimum of full-time 4 week commitment, but at least an 8-12 week commitment is preferable. A minimum of a 6 week commitment is required during the summer months. The internship opportunity is available year-round. In this position, the Intern will work closely with Unite For Sight's Core Management Team on global health programming. Interns work from the New Haven, CT office that overlooks the Yale campus.
Details and application instructions

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Skin & Laser Surgery Center in Northern Virginia is seeking a Patient Care Coordinator.
Areas of medicine in this facility include dermatology and dermatologic and laser surgery.
This paid position involves:

  • Scribing for electronic medical records
  • Assisting with medical and outpatient procedures
  • Patient education
  • Administrative tasks such as patient phone calls, etc. 

Center staff aim to mentor future physicians or healthcare practitioners (PA, NP, etc.) and provide a learning opportunity for college graduates interested in a growth or bridge year experience. 

Office locations: Mclean and Woodbridge, Virginia
*Position requires access to a car for transportation

Possible position timeframe(s): 

  • Immediate start: December 2017 graduate
  • 14 months: first week of June -- July the following year (Spring '18 graduate) or
  • 26 months: in the case a graduate would like to work an additional year prior to applying to their health professional program of choice 

For more information about the position and instructions to apply
Contact Dr. Amir Bajoghli at 703.244.6377 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Undergrad Seeks Answers to a Mystery of Pancreatic Center
UVA Today, February 27, 2018

Jesse Persily spent his summer chasing after answers to questions about one of the most deadly kinds of cancer.

Persily, a 4th year human biology major, received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award last year to perform research on a specific subset of cancer patients. His work analyzed cell surface receptors on pancreatic cancer cells in the context of liver metastasis...

Persily, and the team in Dr. Todd Bauer's laboratory, developed a way to model clinical relevant scenarios in mice. The process takes advantage of the intrinsic ability of cancer cells to divide repeatedly. When a tumor is removed from a patient, small tumor chunks are sewn onto the pancreata of mice. The resulting tumors can be minced into what are called "patient-derived cell lines," which can be grown for months at a time on cell culture dishes, or frozen for later investigation.


"I was drawn to the Bauer lab because I was interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and the opportunity to work with a physician who also ran a basic science research lab seemed to good to pass up," Persily said. "I thought it would allow me to look at academic medicine from a number of different perspectives."

"I was drawn to pancreative cancer because I knew it was a disease with a horrific prognosis, worthy of active investigation," Persily said. "Finally, I knew surgical residents spent time in the lab, and I loved the idea of getting to work with physicians in training."


"By developing an understanding of the underlying biology and common methodology, I've learned how to put new findings in the context of old information," he said. "I've also learned the experiment you design dictates the questions you can and can't answer, which has allowed me to critically assess the conclusions others and myself draw from the data."

"I've also learned I love the process of taking information, synthesizing it, and using that to come up with intelligent, answerable questions," he said. "I've learned how to fail, and that in science, it's not about the failures, but about how you move forward from them, how you shape your understanding of the biology based on the answers you get, so you can continue to work toward a goal, even in the face of data you didn't expect."

*Excerpts from original article; emphasis added. 

Read the full story on UVA Today >>

Thursday, March 8, 2018

UVA Student Aims to Pursue Medicine on Both Sides of the Atlantic
UVA Today, February 20, 2018

A Lawn resident, Ted Obi, won the Paige Pre-Medical Scholarship, which recognizes a fourth-year student who has taken all his pre-medical requirements and plans to attend medical school.

If Ted Obi has his way, the taxed healthcare system in rural Ghana will be streamlined by a telemedicine program conceived at the University of Virginia.

The fourth-year student traveled to Koforidua, a rural community in Ghana, last summer with a team of UVA students. Funded by the Center for Global Health and the Parents Fund, Obi and the group, with project leader Emmanual Abebrese, a third-year UVA medical student, spent seven weeks in Ghana.

"Our research objective was to assess the feasibility of establishing a telemedicine platform in Koforidua, Ghana," Obi said. "Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis of patients with the use of telecommunication technology like Facetime." While not a new concept, this specialized version of telemedicine would be unique to Ghana.

There is a shortage of doctors in the West African country because many leave the country for better paying jobs. Because of this, patients are often faced with the difficult decision of waiting long hours to get health care or delaying treatment so they can continue to work and earn money for their families.

Obi, who is in the psychology distinguished majors program, and his partners spent two weeks at a regional hospital, where they spoke with patients outside a waiting room.

Read the full story on UVA Today >>
Ted Obi is a 4th year majoring in Psychology and pursuing a career in medicine. He is a member of the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board. Ted's advice to pre-medical students: 
"Pursue your own pre-med path and be persistent because a career in medicine requires a great deal of delayed gratification."

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Maternal Health Drives UVA's Newly Minted Luce Scholar
UVA Today, March 6th, 2018

Madeline Rita, who will graduate in May, is bound for Asia" to experience and learn from unfamiliar health belief systems."

Madeline, a fourth-year global development studies major, does not yet know in which Asian country she will live after she graduates, but she knows she will be working with a partner organization in a health care field. Rita received a Luce Scholarship, which provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia each year for 15 to 18 scholars who have had limited prior exposure to Asia.

"This opportunity is tremendously exciting becaues it gives me a chance to experience and learn from unfamiliar health belief systems," Rita said. "The way we encounter and engage illness tells a fascinating story about our cultural values and priorities, and there are so many resourceful, thought-provoking things people do to manage their health in different contexts. I'm eager to discover more of that."

A high school graduate of the Denver School of the Arts, Rita plans to attend medical school, possibly pursuing a dual degree in medical anthropology or public health. She hopes her time in Asia will influence her approach to medicine.

"Health care is a profession that deals with profound vulnerability and subjectivity," she said. "I hope my Luce year will help me become better equipped to assume that responsibility with the reverence and empathy it demands."

Emphasis added

Read the full story on UVA Today >>

Monday, March 5, 2018

As a UVA CIO, Health Unbound's goal is to promote medical innovation among students.

Interested in biotech? Want to learn more about cutting-edge work in the industry? Come to Health Unbound's Biotech Trivia and Networking Night! Speak one-on-one with representatives from a diverse group of local biotech companies on March 28th. Explore future career possibilities and make connections with leading professionals. Come to this relaxed event with a wide variety of companies!

Please fill out an application here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Registration: 12 PM
Program: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Learn about: 
  • The difference between DO's and MD's
  • VCOM Curriculum
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • VCOM's International Missions Program
  • Simulation Center

More information and registration

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Project Ina is seeking students interested in maternal health and tribal relations to join their team. They are building a mobile application that provides information on pregnancy at the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota.

Through this app, they aim to decrease barriers to accessing pregnancy resources and foster community discussion about pregnancy in the reservation. In order to maximize the impact and usability of this application, they are co-designing it with members of the Lake Traverse community.

With funding from the Jefferson Public Citizens (JPC) Grant and the Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant (CBURG), they have visited South Dakota and co-designed a preliminary version of the app. In the next year, they will be conducting several focus-group workshops in order to finalize a beta-version of the app. Eventually, the goal is to completely hand over the final product to the tribe, as the project is linked to an effort to build the tribe's own capacity to manage mobile apps.

Project Ina is seeking 3 - 4 underclassmen students with experience in programming, research, education, or medicine to join the team for at least 1 to 2 years, as long-term commitment is integral to maintaining tribal relations. 

Contact Aditi Takle at aht6fb@virginia.edu by March 5th for more information!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine invites applications for the 2018 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • African American; Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian); mainland Puerto Rican; or Hispanic American
  • Currently enrolled or accepted to matriculate to an AACOM osteopathic medical college
  • In good academic standing
  • Not a previous Arnstein Minority Scholarship awardee

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2018
Awardees will be notified in August 2018

More information and application

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
National Hispanic Medical Association 
Free Recruitment Fair
Saturday, March 24th 
12:30 - 4: 30 PM
Gaylord National Resort Exhibit Hall D
Oxon Hill, MD
Meet medical, dental, nursing, public health, and graduate science schools. 
Connect to valuable resources including academic support, skill building and coaching, mentorship, and financial advice.
More information: bit.ly/NHMA-CHSP
Questions? Ben Melano at conference@nhmamd.org or 202-628-5895
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Take a closer look! 
You are invited to the VT Carilion School of Medicine Spring Open House.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 PM
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA 24016
Learn about the VTC program from the Dean of Admissions.
See what it takes to become a competitive applicant and find out what makes VTC unique.
Optional tours of the medical school will be available at 4:45 and 5:15 PM. 
Free parking available in the parking garage adjacent to the medical school. 
Contact VTC Office of Admissions
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Did you miss the Pre-Health Advising personal statement workshop last week?

Not to worry! 
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are pleased to offer a webinar tailored to individuals interested in applying to any health professions education program!

Creating a Great Personal Statement
Wednesday, 3/7, 2:30 - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)


The personal statement is a vital part of the application process. It helps admissions representatives understand who you are, your unique experiences, and why you chose to pursue a specific health profession.

Presenters include:

Rosa Chaviano-Moran, DMD
Associate Dean for Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine

Steven Lesh, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC
Board Certified Specailist in Sports Physical Therapy
Chair and Professor of Physical Therapy
Southwest Baptist University

Jeffrey Bates, PharmD, BCGP, FMPA
Associate Dean and Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
Cedarville University

Meghan Farrier-Nolan
Academic & Pre-Health Advisory
Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pre-Med Lawn Chats 
Friday, March 30th 
3:30 - 5:00 PM 
Lawn - Rooms 5, 16, 21, 30, 43, 49

Interested in learning about the medical school application process from your peers? Come chat with pre-med students who have been through the process! 

Chat Topics: 
-Letters of Recommendation 
-Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) 
-School Selection 
-Personal Statement & Essays 
-Conveying Clinical, Research, and Extracurricular Experiences on Your App 
-Admissions Interviewing 

Chats will begin every 15 mins. All years are welcome! No pre-registration! Casual dress.