UVA Pre-Health Advising Blog

News and Opportunities for Students Preparing for Health Professional Programs

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Innovator of the Year Award Ceremony
Tuesday, February 27th 
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Dome Room, UVA Rotunda

The University of Virginia Licensing and Ventures Group (LVG) has named W. Jeffrey Elias, MD, the 2018 Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year, and award given to University faculty members whose research is making a major impact on society. Dr. Elias is recognized for pioneering the use of focused ultrasound to treat essential tremor, and for leading the clinical trial that resulted in Food and Drug Administration approval of the approach to treat the condition.

For more information: https://lvg.virginia.edu/events/innovator-of-the-year-award-ceremony

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hands on Peru offers a unique volunteer experience to students who are passionate about global public health. In December 2016, Hands on Peru built Centro de Salu Publica (CESAPI, Center for Public Health) in order to deepen their impact and offer volunteers a more unique experience. CESAPU serves as a community center in the peri-urban community of Villa Los Angeles in Huanchaco, Peru and focuses on human development with a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to good health and wellbeing.

Volunteers experience:

  • Participation in CESAPU health campaigns (assisting with triage)
  • Full Spanish and cultural immersion
  • Rotate in Peruvian hospitals 2x per week
  • Attend 3 medical classes per week taught by bi-lingual staff of nurses and doctors to prepare them for what they will see and do in clinics and hospitals
  • Attend and assist in vaccination campaigns
  • Volunteers with certifications (first aid, phlebotomy, etc.) will have the opportunity to practice under their specific certifications

Upcoming volunteer sessions:

  • March 3 - 9
  • May 18 - June 22
  • June 29 - August 3

Volunteers can apply online at handsonperu.org 

For more information, contact Hannah Maclellan, UVA '18 and Volunteer Coordinator for Hands on Peru at jhm6kk@virginia.edu

UVA Pre-Health Advising does not endorse specific organizations that sponsor clinical service trips abroad. We recommend all students carefully review organizations prior to enrolling in an international service trip to fully understand the legal, ethical, and safety concerns participants may face when engaging in health-related activities. See the University of Minnesota GAPS Workshop  for more information on how to assess clinical service trips abroad.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gain global healthcare experience and academic credit in Dublin, Ireland this summer!
Applications due March 1st! 

Pre-Health Internship Organizations include:  

Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Cardiac Catheterization Lab
"I was allowed to attend a cardiac catheterization in the cardiac cath lab and stand in the OR with the doctors. I will be attending the early morning weekly surgeons meeting to listen to surgeons discuss upcoming and recently completed procedures."
-- Jack Capra, UVA '18, Chemistry & Religious Studies

Cluain Mchuire Community Mental Health Services, Acute Treatment / Rehabilitation / In-Patient Treatment
"The patients haven't had much luck with medications in helping them recover, so the facility provides services that are geared toward assisting in long-term recovery and skill-building. Patients learn how to interact socially, and basic life skills such as buying food, cooking, and personal hygiene. I got to assist in the cooking class one day! The patients loved it, as did I."
--Kerry Fico, UVA '19, Psychology

Connolly Hospital, Clinical Research
"As an intern, I am able to see the holistic and efficient approach to medicine by working in each compartment of the lab. This allowed me to delve deeper into different career options while simultaneously expanding my knowledge on the particular area of research the lab focuses on."
--Laura Findley, UVA '19, Biology

Spectrum Health, Wellness Programming
"I loved my internship before I even completed my first project. In my role as Content Developer, most of my projects involved writing detailed fitness plans for the new wellness program Spectrum Health is piloting in the fall."
--Ashley Bycowski, UVA '18, Kinesiology 

and more! 

Learn more here.
Questions? Contact Kimberly Link, UVA Career Center, khl3r@virginia.edu

Monday, February 19, 2018

Saturday, April 28th, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lynchburg, VA

Prospective students like you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet the deans of LUCOM

  • Learn and hear about admissions criteria & class of 2018 demographics residency matches

  • Tour state of the art simulation classrooms and facilities

  • Learn about their Anatomy Labs and library resources

  • Listen to a student panel who will be discussing many things including: highlights of classes, lecture and lab formats, forming study habits and support groups, and the importance of self-care

  • Learn about international rotations and service to under served areas.

Register here
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Camp AmeriKids provides a traditional summer camp experience to children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease. They are seeking caring, responsible, energetic, and fun volunteers to serve as counselors.

Camp Session: Saturday, August 4th - Saturday, August 11th

Camp is located in Warwick, NY
Room and board provided

For further information, please contact Erica at 203-658-9671.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Georges Student Center, 2nd Floor of Clemons Library, is now offering the following Academic Support and Wellness resources!

Support for Calculus I and Chemistry 1410-20 
Sunday - Wednesday, Weekly
3:00 - 7:00 PM
Group Problem Solving Initiative. You can find trained student facilitators in Clemons 203. Offered in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences.
*The Math Department also continues to offer tutoring in the Academic Commons at Gilmer Hall.

Professional & Study Skills Training Modules
Online learning modules are available to students at studentlingo.com/virginia. These modules cover a variety of topics, including:

  • time management
  • reading skills
  • paper-writing strategies
  • goal-setting
  • budgeting
  • note-taking strategies
  • procrastination
  • and more...

Create a free account today!

Contemplative Sciences Center Walk-In Sessions
The Georges Center is home to a Mindfulness Room (Rm 220, behind the front desk). The Contemplative Sciences Center is offering a full slate of walk-in sessions 6 days per week, featuring sessions such as

  • Mindfulness Monday
  • Stress Relief Study Break
  • Candlelight Restorative Yoga
  • Self-Care Essentials
  • Cultivating Resilience
  • and much more! 

Check out the Spring 2018 schedule.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thursday, 2/15
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Join the AAMC for the 3rd annual Virtual Medical School Fair! More than 60 schools from the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico are attending.

You'll be able to sign in from your computer or mobile device and chat with representatives from schools, listen to live presentations, and gather resources in a virtual "backpack."

More details, registration, & check out schools attending >>

Did you know? 

  • Close to 10,000 students attended last year's event
  • In 2017, interview offers were extended based on interactions admissions officers had with applicants at the fair 
  • You can chat with reps from schools between 11 AM - 8 PM EST. The virtual booth will be open all day.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PHEs educate on a variety of wellness topics affecting college students including alcohol, sexuality, nutrition, mental wellness, and more. Join the team to present outreach presentations, conduct one-on-one wellness consultations, and be part of larger campaigns like 4th Year 5K and Mental Wellness Screening Day to promote wellbeing on Grounds.

If selected, students are required to successfully complete a 3-credit academic course during Fall 2018 and attend weekly meetings.

Application Deadline: March 2nd, 5:00 PM
Requirements: 1st or 2nd year student

Learn more!
Information Sessions
Monday, 2/19, 6:00 PM, Clark 101
Tuesday, 2/20, 6:30 PM, New Cabell 323
Thursday, 2/22, 6:00 PM, New Cabell 323

Questions? pherecruitment.uva@gmail.com


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ADAPT is recruiting for the next class of dedicated, responsible students who are passionate about the concern of alcohol and other drug abuse at UVA, and also demonstrate a strong commitment to bettering the health of the UVA community!

ADAPT is a group of trained peer educators who aim to prevent substance misuse and abuse on Grounds through interactive outreach programming, education events, and serving as accessible resources for other students. If you're interested in advocating for these topics, presenting outreach presentations on alcohol and other drugs, and becoming part of signature programs like Halloween Safety and the Savvy Foxfield campaign, this is the group for you!

The recruitment process consists of a brief application and an interview. If selected, members must complete a 3-credit hour training course in the fall and attend Monday meetings, 6:30 - 7:30 PM.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 2nd, 5pm
Requirements: 1st or 2nd year student

Learn more!
Information Session
Tuesday, 2/13 or Wednesday, 2/14
7 PM
Clark 102

Questions? Adapt-recruitment@virginia.edu


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Parks and Recreation of Charlottesville is seeking summer camp staff!

Camp Crow // June 15 - 20
For campers who can safely function in a recreation setting with one staff to five children, can handle their own toileting, dressing, and eating and have a desire to participate. Participants needing more assistance must come with an aide. Camp activities include swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, clubs, talent show, kayaking, and fun, friends, and adventure!

Camp Henry // June 15 - 20
For campers who can safely function in a recreation setting with one staff to five children, can handle their own toileting, dressing, and eating and have a desire to participate. Participants needing more assistance must come with an aide. This camp incorporates leisure activities and pre-vocational opportunities through community volunteer service and recreation. Campers will be given the opportunity to develop lifetime leisure skills, plan community outings, and learn job skills by volunteering with community organizations.

Nature Arts Camp // July 23 - August 3
2 week camp that will contain elements of nature and arts based activities. For young adults / adults who can safely function in a recreation setting with one staff to five children, can handle their own toileting, dressing, and eating and have a desire to participate. Participants needing more assistance must come with an aide. The theme of this camp is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and the majority of the activities focus on this theme.


Monday, February 12, 2018
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Harrison Institute / Small Collections Library Auditorium
February is Black History Month and the Library is using this year's celebration to
connect the past with the present! 
An investigation into how medical biases against African-Americans hurt all people with panelists:
Moderated by Dr. Greg Townsend, MD

Lunch will be served at 1:30pm.
RSVP Required Here

Monday, February 12, 2018
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE, 6-week career enrichment program for pre-health students. The SHPEP summer program is offered at 13 colleges and institutions across the country. The SHPEP application deadline is February 15th. Submit your SHPEP applications here. You will also find all important information concerning the application by following the link.

Additional Information
If you have any last minute questions or concerns you are encouraged to take part in a free live chat with SHPEP representatives from 11 am-8 pm on February 15th. Register here!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Zara Siddiqui is a 4th year majoring in Psychology and pursuing a career in medicine. She is the President of Women in Medicine Initiatives (WIMI) and has special interest in women's health issues, mental health, and health disparities around the world. 
Her advice for pre-health students:
Remember there are many different paths to get to where you want to be! Not everyone takes the same route and it's okay if your journey is different from someone else's. 
What is MEDLIFE? 
MEDLIFE is an organization with a mission to provide healthcare and health education to people in areas with low access to resources. MEDLIFE goes beyond physical health care to also provide age and gender specific health education, which is crucial for sustaining positive change in any community. They recruit undergraduate and graduate university student volunteers to staff mobile clinics in Tanzania, Peru, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. According to the MEDLIFE website and World Health Organization, there are less than two doctors for 1,000 people in Latin America because about a quarter of the population live in rural areas that are isolated and don't have the transportation to seek medical care.

How did you learn about MEDLIFE? 
My cousin went on a trip to Lima, Peru and told me about her experience there, and how much it taught her about global health and health disparities. She also had a fantastic time exploring Lima's sand dunes and making new friends. As she was trying to get into dental school, she volunteered in the dental clinic, which helped her learn about dentistry and get hands-on clinical experience. Since I want to go to medical school, I decided it would be a great opportunity to get exposure to healthcare outside the U.S., so I checked out the trips on the MEDLIFE website and signed up for one in Cusco, Peru. I originally didn't know UVA has a MEDLIFE chapter until I actually got there and met one other UVA student! If you ever decide to go on a MEDLIFE trip, check to see if UVA is going as a group so you don't have to travel alone.

What did your experience in this position consist of? Can you describe a typical day?
Day 1: Travel
Day 2: Arrive in Cusco and travel to our hostel, Inka Sol, which is full of gorgeous greenery, cacti, flowers, beautiful tile flooring, and a parrot! Cusco is at a much higher elevation than VA, so it was easy to get out of breath climbing up the stairs. Most of us were taking altitude sickness medication because our bodies weren't used to the change. I met my roommates and we went out to explore and eat at the Plaza de Armas, a bustling square full of shops, restaurants, and a massive cathedral. I had to exchange my American dollars for Peruvian Sols. Everywhere you look there are massive green mountains!
Day 3: Walking Tour all around the city - our guide taught us all about the history of the city and its culture. Turns out, Cusco is the most beautiful city I've ever seen. We then had some free time to explore, so we got some lunch (guinea pig is a Peruvian staple!), ate ice cream, listened to a street band, and explored the cathedral all while taking in the gorgeous sights.
Day 4: Our first excursion was the "reality tour." We all got on a bus to explore the whole city led by MC, who gave us plenty of history lessons. One of our stops was a hospital in Pisac. It wasn't as staffed and as big of a hospital you would see in America, and all the one ambulance had was a stretcher -- no oxygen or medical supplies. If a woman wanted to come to the hospital to give birth, she would have to travel several weeks before her due date and stay in a special living area (made by MEDLIFE) with the family.
Day 5: Clinic Day 1. On our first clinic day, I was on the dental shift and medical shirt where I got to shadow, learn from, and help the physicians. We saw hundreds of patients and the police would bring kids by the truckload to the clinic from school to get checked up. They even put on a show for the kids and made the whole day like a fun festival to encourage families to come.
Day 6: Clinic Day 2. My favorite part of this hot day was working with an OBGYN. It was hard not knowing Spanish, but one of my friends was able to translate everything the doctor said. She had us help her make pap smears and showed us how to do breast exams. The resources were pretty scarce - there was only one sheet covering the examining table that each patient had to use and the only source of light was from the window, but the doctor did her best to provide the best care possible.
Day 7: Community Project. We traveled about an hour to a small rural village called Yuncaypata. The homes didn't have proper floors, ventilation, or electricity. We had the opportunity to help the inhabitants build fireplaces but bricks that we made using naturally found materials like mud, manure, hair, and straw. We learned that the improper ventilation in the houses caused problems like asthma.
Day 8: Clinic Day 3. This was the most crowded and hectic day! There was an enormous amount of people but we managed to implement a system to keep everyone organized. For the more urgent patients, like one man who stumbled over with a huge bleeding gash on his head, they would go straight to the doctor without waiting. Sometimes patients had to wait a while, but we got to see hundreds of patients, which was amazing.
Day 9: Full day excursion at Machu Picchu - a truly unforgettable and breathtaking experience.
Day 10: Travel

Why do you recommend this opportunity for other UVA grads? 
This is a wonderful experience for anyone seeking clinical / patient contact experience or who wants to shadow physicians abroad. It increased my passion for women's health and gave me a greater perspective on the diversity of healthcare systems. You get to experience a new culture, explore a new country, and meet amazing people. Although not necessary for applying to medical school, I would encourage applicants to participate in a program like MEDLIFE or another activity to get exposure to healthcare that's different from what we're accustomed to in America.

Is there anything else you would like to share? 
MEDLIFE has trips during breaks during the semester as well as internships -- check out the website for more information at medlifemovement.org. If you have any questions or want to know more, contact me at zhs5de@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 service trip to fully understand the legal, ethical, and safety concerns participants may face when engaging in health-related activities.

Thursday, February 1, 2018
The questions were developed by volunteer test constructors who write questions for the actual DAT. There are 8 individual modules available for $20 each and one full practice test for $100. The full test is timed pro-rata with the actual test. The individual modules are not time limited, other than completing within 24 hours. 
Visit this link for more information.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Tuesday, February 6th
6:00 PM
Newcomb Theater
Join the Center for Global Health for this important film screening and a panel discussion to follow. Panelists include: 
Sebastian Tello-Trillo is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy  at the University of Virginia.  His fields of specialization are Health Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Econometrics. He has an interest in the areas of health policy in the U.S and Latin America.

Harriet Kuhr is Director of the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) Charlottesville office. The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, and helps people survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Since 1998, Charlottesville has welcomed over 3000 refugees from 32 countries as new members of the community.

Fern R. Hauck is currently Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is also the Director of the International Family Medicine Clinic at UVA.  Dr. Hauck's primary research focuses on sudden unexpected infant death, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Tim Cunningham is an Assistant Professor of Nursing, Assistant Professor in the Drama Department, and Director of the Compassionate Care Initiative. He was a professional actor and teacher prior to joining the CNL program at UVA. He has served as a pediatric and adult trauma/emergency nurse while also serving as executive director of Clowns Without Borders, USA.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Applicants applying via PTCAS in the upcoming 2018-19 cycle will respond to a new PTCAS essay question,

"Describe a meaningful experience in your life. Reflect on how that experience influenced your personal growth, such as your attitudes or perceptions." 

Responses will be limited to 4500 characters. DPT programs may require additional school-specific essays. The 2018-19 application instructions will be available in mid-May.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Boost your MCAT score for only $5

  • Full-length Altius MCAT Practice Exam ($40 value)
  • 1-on-1 Exam Review with a 95th-100th Percentile MCAT Mentor ($279 value)

You'll receive access to both the practice exam and the 1-on-1 mentoring session for only $5.

Why only $5? While it costs Altius Test Prep more than $5 to deliver the resources, the small token of $5 makes sure they are working with serious students. A limited number of $5 offers are available. Here's how to claim yours:

  • Visit AltiusMCAT.com/5buckMCAT
  • Open page 2 of checkout, enter this coupon code: 5DOLLARNAAHP (*Note: the price will say $40 until you enter the code and click "update price" on page 2)

You'll receive a confirmation email and exam log-in credentials shortly after registering. Then, one of the MCAT mentors will call you to set up your 1-on-1 exam review appointments. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Considering a career in allied health or biomedical research?

EVMS' Virtual Open House will introduce you to graduate-level programs offered through the EVMS School of Health Professions.

Session 1
Art Therapy and Counseling
Laboratory Animal Science
Pathologists' Assistant
Surgical Assistant

Session 2
Biomedical / Biotechnology Sciences
Doctor of Health Sciences*
Healthcare Delivery Science*
Reproductive Clinical Science*

Session 3
Contemporary Human Anatomy
Health Analytics
Medical Masters
Public Health

Session 4
Medical and Health Professions Education*
Physician Assistant

Join a program session and learn about curriculum, application requirements, and employment opportunities post-program completion! Check out this video to learn more about the programs above.

More information and registration.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Join the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs team for a virtual information session. Pre-Health Programs Director, Jackie McLaughlin and current students provide an overview of the Pre-Health Core Studies and Specialized Studies experience and the application process. Get your questions answered and learn how Penn's Pre-Health Programs prepare you for a career in the medical, dental, veterinary, and nursing professions. 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
 Saturday, March 24th, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 pm 
Program Highlights
  • Diversity and healthcare
  • Review MD admissions factors
  • Perspectives from MD students and physicians
  • Interactive clinical sessions
  • Mock admissions interviews
  • Professionalism in Medicine

Registration Deadline: Friday, 3/16

Click for more information and registration.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity is UVA's only co-ed pre-medical fraternity. The organization's guiding principles are philanthropy, deity, and education.

Phi DE will be recruiting for spring semester from February 5th - 11th.

Information Session
February 5th
5:00 - 6:00 PM 
Newcomb Theater

More information

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

What is the Pre-Health Advising Credential? 
Some medical schools require or highly value a holistic committee letter of evaluation from the undergraduate institution. The University of Virginia does not offer a committee letter. In early 2016, the Health Professions Advising Task Force at UVA proposed the creation of a document which would help contextualize UVA applications from the pre-health advisors' point of view. The Pre-Health Advising Credential came out of this recommendation as a pilot project for 2017.

After the initial pilot in 2017, pre-health advisors assessed the project and committed to a second year of the pilot project for 2018. For the 2018 pilot, participants will be required to engage in a minimal number of pre-health advising activities, as outlined below. The advising credential will be sent alongside regular letters of recommendation and serve as a lens by which medical schools will review UVA participants.

How will it help UVA applicants? 
While there are minimal requirements to participate in the Pre-Health Advising Credential pilot, participants and non-participants will be encouraged to engage with pre-health advising prior to their application. We hope the Advising Credential will provide additional incentive for students to engage with advisors and attend events/workshops. The more students engage with Pre-Health Advising,
the more likely they are to have gained the right tools and information for a successful medical school application. 

What are the requirements for participation? 
Participants must be UVA students or alumni applying to medical school in the 2018-'19 application cycle. You must have met with a Pre-Health advisor:

  • at least once prior to Fall 2017 semester
  • at least once during Fall 2017
  • at least once during Spring 2018

Students must indicate their interest in the Advising Credential at the following link by February 7th: 

A random number generator will be used to select thirty (30) participants from those who express interest. Participants and non-participants will be notified of their status mid-February 2018. Those selected to participate must complete an online Advising Credential Self-Reflection where participants rate and reflect on seven Leadership Competencies identified by the UVA Division of Student Affairs. 

What is the timeline for the Pre-Health Advising Credential? 
Events in blue are required for participation. All other events are optional and highly encouraged for all 2018 applicants. Workshops and events are open to all students, all years.

  • Prior to Fall 2017: Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor (previous Office Hours or Appointment) 
  • Fall 2017: Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor (Appointment) 
  • October 30 or November 7: Pre-Health Application Jumpstart 
  • January 24 or 29: Medical School Application Workshops 
  • Spring 2018: Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor (Appointment) 
  • February 7: Deadline for applicants to indicate interest through link above 
  • February 12: Participants and non-participants will be informed of their status 
  • February - April: Application Series Workshops 
  • March 14: Bridge Year and Your Career Event 
  • March 21: Deadline to complete Advising Credential Self-Reflection
  • June: Pre-Health Advising Credential upload to AdviseStream

Why are only 30 applicants able to participate? 
The proposed Pre-Health Advising Credential requires significant resources to support applicants to medical school. Our three advisors currently allocate their time to other applicant needs. If this pilot project is beneficial to students, we will advocate for more resources to expand this option to more applicants.
For more information, visit Pre-Health Advising Office Hours in 2nd Floor Clemons Library,
Monday - Thursday, 1:30 - 4:30pm or make a half hour appointment to speak with a pre-health advisor at www.virginia.joinhandhshake.com.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Mark your calendar! 
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is partnering with Kaplan Test Prep to present Strategies for a Successful DAT, and you're invited!

Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:00 - 8:00 PM Eastern Time


Join ADEA and Kaplan for a FREE live, one-hour webinar on preparing for the Dental Admission Test (DAT), featuring representatives from Kaplan Test Prep and two U.S. dental schools.

You will learn

  • How the DAT factors into the admissions process
  • Which scores appear in ADEA AADSAS - the application to dental school
  • The best study strategies for test-taking
  • How to tackle the more complex practice DAT questions
  • Where to learn more about the DAT


  • B. Lamont Lowery, Director of Admissions, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
  • Kay H. Malone III, DDS, FAGD, Admissions Advisors, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry
  • Petros Minasi, Director of Pre-Health Programs, Kaplan Test Prep
Monday, January 29, 2018

Youth Inspire is a pediatric volunteer group at the UVA Children's Hospital. Volunteers create health-oriented workshops for kids in the waiting rooms. They adapt games, lead arts and crafts activities, and interact with kids, all surrounding a particular theme of the week. Some examples of previous workshops are Flu Prevention, Halloween Safety, and Human Anatomy.

Youth Inspire seeks dedicated students who love working with children and want to make someone's day! Volunteer shifts occur every Friday morning (one shift from 9am - 12pm) as well as meet for one hour during the week to prep for workshops.

Requirements for application
Applicants must be 1st or 2nd year students. If selected, you must be able to attend on-grounds meetings this semester: Tuesdays, 5-6pm.

Application deadline extended!
Friday, February 9th

Apply here

For more information


Monday, January 29, 2018
Want to be published? Conducting research you'd like to share with UVA? 
Submit your research to The Oculus,
UVA's multidisciplinary research journal! 
We accept DMP or Majors Theses, Course Papers, Independent Research, and more.
Research from any field, from Biology to Art History, is accepted. 
The submission deadline is Sunday, February 11th. 
Visit this link for guidelines or contact uva.oculus@gmail.com with questions. 
If you want to see last year's edition for examples of previously published papers, check out this link.
Monday, January 29, 2018
April 13, 2018
VCU School of Dentistry is proud to announce annual Pre-Dental Day for 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in dentistry to visit the school and interact with dental students and faculty members. 
The day includes two specific tracks - 1st and 2nd years // 3rd and 4th years. 
The tracks include a tour of the school, mock interviews, DentSim, Q&A panels, and wax tooth carving. There will also be a mentor/mentee lunch where attendees are paired with a dental student and provide lunch. 
Registration now open at vcupredental.com
Pre-Dental Day: $70 OR
Pre-Dental Day + ASDA membership: $150
Deadline to sign-up March 15th
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Register and attend free live prep sessions for the


Plus, win prizes such as Amazon gift cards, Spotify premium subscriptions,
and free coffee at Starbucks! 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

March 24th, 2018

What to expect

  • Information session with Dr. Covington, College of Dentistry Dean of Admissions
  • Hands on dental lab simulations with current dental students - waxing teeth, tooth preparations, composite restorations
  • Q&A with panel of current dental students
  • Evening social
  • Break out sessions
    • DAT
    • Interview Tips
    • Application Review

UT Health Science Center
Memphis, TN

$100 per attendee (lodging not included)

March 1, 2018 deadline
*February 24, 2018 registration deadline for hotel at Pre-Dental Day rate

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The Office of Admissions and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Georgetown University School of Medicine invites University of Virginia students to participate in a virtual information session. 
During this webinar, students will have the opportunity to speak with an Admissions Officers, the Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and a current medical student to learn about GUSOM's: 
  • admissions process
  • philosophy
  • student life
  • international opportunities
  • service learning
  • diversity initiatives

An overview of the Academic for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) program will also be provided. ARCHES is offered to rising 3rd and 4th year students interested in pursuing medicine or pre-health professions and will engage them in immersive research, clinical rotation, and service learning. 

Thursday, January 25th, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, January 30th, 4:30 - 5:30 PM 
Wednesday, January 31st, 6:00 - 7:00 PM 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The UVA Center for Wireless Health is seeking highly motivated applicants for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The goal of this effort is to provide an intensive faculty-mentored, research experience over an eight-week period. Wireless Health is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that seeks to infuse wireless technologies in healthcare and medical research to improve patient care and quality of life while reducing healthcare costs. 

Program Dates: June 4 - July 27, 2018
Location: UVA, Charlottesville, VA
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Online application: http://bit.ly/uvawirelesshealth

Questions: Contact Dr. Jasmine Crenshaw, wirelesshealthreu@virginia.edu  


  • $4,00 stipend
  • On-campus living accomodations
  • Travel expenses (up to $480)
  • Faculty mentor
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Hands-on research experience


Monday, January 22, 2018

The University of Virginia Career Center seeks highly motivated Pre-Health Advising Peers (PHAPs) to support the Pre-Health Advising Team and educate the UVA community about pre-health advising resources and programming for the 2018-19 academic year.

Application Deadline: February 16th for the 2018-19 Academic Year

The Team of PHAPs supports the UVA Career Center mission by expanding the Career Center's ability to reach pre-health students. PHAPs serve as ambassadors of the Career Center and the Pre-Health Advising Team by promoting pre-health services and resources to the University community. PHAPs will also have the opportunity to learn about career resources while assisting the Career Center with a wide range of projects. While working on these tasks, PHAPs will receive training about and exposure to many different pre-health tools and resources and will be encouraged to utilize this knowledge in their own pre-health preparation and career development.

PHAPs will be expected to work 5 to 8 hours per week from August - May (excluding holidays and breaks). Some evening hours will be required. PHAPs are compensated at $9/hour.

Applicants should be current first, second, and third-year pre-health students who aspire to a career in a clinical health profession (i.e. Dentistry, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, Veterinary Medicine.)

How to Apply: Please complete the Pre-Health Advising Peers Application located in Handshake.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Resume section of the Career Center website. Career Center counselors are also available to provide feedback on your application materials by appointment or during office hours:

  • Monday - Friday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM at the Career Center Offices in Newcomb Hall, Room 170 and in 1515

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email within a week of the submission deadline (February 16th). 

Friday, January 19, 2018
Med-Serve is a 2-year fellowship connecting pre-health students with
community-leading, innovative primary care practices. 

UVA Information Session 
Monday, 1/22
8:00 - 9:00 PM 
New Cabell Hall 058
Already applying and have last minute questions? 
Sign up for a 1-on-1 Office Hour by contacting medservestaff@gmail.com
Learn more at www.med-serve.org
Application deadline: February 15, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018

Registration will open on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 for July - September MCAT exam dates.

Students are encouraged to log into the MCAT Registration System in advance of February 7th to fill-in registration information such as biographic information and complete necessary consents. This will help to expedite the process for selecting a test date and location on or after February 7.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The 2018 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event offers individuals interested in dentistry the chance to meet admissions officers from 50 U.S. dental schools and attend interactive presentations to help them be successful applicants.

Saturday, March 17th
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM 
Orlando, Florida 
  • Gain inside knowledge and tips on how to be a successful dental applicant
  • Speak with over 50 US Dental School exhibitors
  • Attend the Mock Dental School Admissions Committee meeting - a "sneak peek" at how dental school admissions committees make decisions about applicants
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant Award Information Session
Tuesday, January 23rd
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Clemons Library, Room 204

Have an idea for a community-based research project? Come to this session to learn more about Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants (CBURG) and hear from Previous recipients. CBURG provides funding for students to design hands-on research projects in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors. Come to this session to learn more and hear from previous recipients!

Double Hoo Information Session
Thursday, January 25th
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Special Collections Library, Byrd Morris Room (318)

Have an idea for a Double Hoo research project? Come to this session to learn more about the Double Hoo Research Grant. The grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue research together. The program is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities throughout the University. Awards of up to $6,000 are granted to undergraduate / graduate pairs to be shared between the two at their discretion and used within one year.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hosted by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the SURF program provides a wide variety of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research. Participants in this program work in an active research lab under the guidance of a biomedical science faculty member. The goal is to expose students to the challenges, excitement, and satisfaction of research.

  • 7 weeks
  • includes room and board
  • living allowance
  • 6 semester hours of biology credit from Ohio University
  • potential for a guaranteed interview for the entering class at the medical school

Find detailed information, eligibility requirements, and application materials here

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mission of Mercy projects are conducted in identified, underserved areas of Virginia where there are not enough dental practitioners to adequately address the oral health needs of the community.

Interested in dentistry? MOM Projects need volunteers!

Upcoming 2018 Projects
Portsmouth: April 28th
Special Olympics - Richmond: June 9th
Wise: July 20th - 22nd 
Grundy: October 6-7th

Learn more and register

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Project Horseshoe Farm (HSF), founded in 2007, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Greensboro, Alabama that offers service and support programs to improve the health and quality of life of adults and children in the community.

HSF also offers unique education and leadership development opportunities for current undergraduates, recent college graduates, medical students, and health professions students.

HSF Bridge Year Fellowship: a 13-month program for recent graduates beginning in June and ending in July of the following year.

Internships: open to current undergraduates in summer, fall, winter, and spring

Interested in healthcare, educator, or community service?
Apply now!

Want more information about the program? Schedule a phone or Skype conversation with Laura Bickford (lbickfo@g.clemson.edu), Project Horsehoe Farm Fellow 2017-18.

Application deadline: February 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm CST 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Health seeks to provide the opportunity for talented graduates to gain valuable research experience. Neuroscientists at NYU are members for a stimulating, collegial community, equipped with state-of-the-art resources in the heart of Manhattan. Our research technicians conduct cutting-edge research with leading scientists, gaining valuable preparation for graduate training.

Labs at the Neuroscience Institute and across NYU are seeking research technicians starting Summer 2018. Research areas include:

  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Cognition and behavior
  • Developmental biology
  • Physiology
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Systems neuroscience
  • Compuational neuroscience

To apply, upload a single PDF containing a one page statement of purpose, your CV, and contact information for two references at neuroscience.med.nyu.edu/tech 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Kidney Undergraduate Research Program (KURE)
The KURE participants engage in guided kidney-related research with a mentor and attend a variety of seminars and workshops over the course of the 8 week program. Aside from time in the lab, students will have professional development sessions and the opportunity to shadow some physicians in clinic. The KURE oral symposium, held at the close of the summer session is where students present their summer research. 

Preparation for Graduate & Medical Education (PARAdiGM)
The PARAdiGM program focuses on undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and offers the opportunity to participate in the program for 2 summers. In addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their research results. The students will also receive instruction in essay writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further postgraduate training in graduate and medical education. Previous research experience is not required in order to apply. The PARAdiGM program is especially useful for students who do not have local access to biomedical research and/or academic physician-scientist role models.

Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program
This fellowship is intended to give talented undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research. This experience should help students make well-informed decisions about future career plans. Previous research experience is not required. The program especially welcomes applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. Fifteen students are accepted per summer. Applicants to SIBS are expected to have completed at least their 2nd year of undergraduate coursework and have a 3.0 or higher grade point average, especially in science, math, and related areas.

Application deadline: February 15, 2018

Questions? Contact Robin Lorenz, MD/PhD, Associate Dean for Physician Scientist Development at rlorenz@uabmc.edu

Friday, January 5, 2018

MedServe is a 2-year, full-time, post-college community service fellowship in rural and other underserved community primary care sites located across North Carolina. Learn more >>

The early decision application cycle has ended, but the regular application is open!
Deadline: February 15, 2018

Office Hours
Jan 1 - February 15th 
Applicants can speak directly with a MedServe representative for questions concerning the program and application process.  Sign up here!

Friday, January 5, 2018

The American Association of Veterinary Colleges is proud to announce the Pre-Vet Leadership Award!

Award package includes

  • Personalized statuette for winner
  • $500 contribution ot the winner's Pre-Vet Club, Society or Association
  • VMCAS fee reimbursement for up to the equivalent of $500
  • Winner profiles in: AAVMC website; Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirement (VMSAR); VetSchool Student Engagement System (VSES) newsletter; local media coverage.


  • Must be an active member of an established Pre-Vet Club, Society or Association and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program of study
  • Have already applied to veterinary school during the VMCAS 2018 Application Cycle, and have a submitted and verified application


You may either 1) Nominate yourself, or 2) Nominate someone else. Each nomination type has a separate nomination form.

Nominations period: January 5th -- February 5th, 2018

More information and Nomination

Thursday, January 4, 2018

4-Day Ransdell Family Health Professions Readiness & Enrichment Program (H-PREP)
May 20 - 24, 2018
Free after $50 seat deposit
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
Learn more & apply

Doctor of Pharmacy Open House
January 27, 2018
Hear from staff and current students regarding dual degrees and the Campbell experience

  • PharmD / MS Public Health
  • PharmD / MS Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PharmD / MS Clinical Research Online
  • PharmD / MBA


Tuesday, January 2, 2018
May 21 - August 2, 2018
EVMS and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Norfolk, Virginia
 The Summer Scholars Program is a mentored research internship offered by the Department of Pediatrics of EVMS at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. Open to college seniors (rising or graduating) and first or second-year graduate or medical students who are exploring potential careers in medical, biomedical, public health, or behavioral research. 
Students chosen for the program will conduct a pre-selected research project, from start to  finish, and present their project outcomes to the scientific community. Students are listed as co-investigators on their projects which are frequently published and presented on the national level. 
Application deadline January 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Wednesday, January 17th
2:00 PM 

An in-depth webinar for preparing to apply to veterinary school

Register (limited to 150 attendees)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
April 13 - 15th, 2018
Miami, FL 
Miami - Dade Honors College - Wolfson Campus
The purpose of the conference is to bring together high school students, pre-medical students, medical students, graduating physicians, residents, practicing physicians, and other health professionals, interested in service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community. 
The conference will include a series of workshops on
  • healthcare needs of the Latino community
  • student leadership training
  • clinical skills
  • medical school and residency application panels
  • networking 
  • recruiting
  • healthcare policy

Conference attendees are also encouraged to participate in the research poster fair and apply for the regional and national scholarships!

Poster forum information
Regional Scholarship application - March 31st deadline


Interested in learning about healthcare for the Latino community in Charlottesville?
The Daily Progress Distinguished dozen: UVA doctor helps Latinos get good care

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Summer 2018 Internship for LGBTI Health

10-week, full-time internship from late May to early August. 
This internship is well suited for those pursuing careers in academic medicine, public health, community organizing, health professions, and other related fields. In addition to providing programmatic support, interns will work with their supervisors to develop projects at the intersection of the student's passions and the Program for LGBTI Health's needs. Previous interns have

  • Conducted LGBTI health research
  • Developed institutional policies to support LGBTI inclusion
  • Created patient and community health resource toolkits
  • Established avenues for community outreach
  • Managed social media and other web content outlets

Interns have also had the opportunity to give talks at local and national conferences, publish original research, shadow health professionals at VUMC, and represent VUMC at Nashville Pride.

For competitive consideration, applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral student
  • Have a committed interest in LGBTI health and research
  • Demonstrate this interest through previous work, research, volunteer, or other experience

Interns will receive a modest wage to help offset their living expenses in Nashville, TN.

Application deadline February 1, 2018
For more information and application, click here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Applications are now open for the UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program, providing undergraduate students the opportunity to address health disparities and explore public health through hands-on training, workshops, and leadership and professional development.

Program Overview

  • 8-week summer training program (June 24 - August 17, 2018)
  • Internships with a partner organization in Los Angeles
  • $3,000 stipend, housing, some meals, and a metro pass
  • Trip provided by the program to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA with Public Health Scholars from other programs across the nation

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Interest in exploring a career in Public Health
  • By the start of the program, scholars must 1) be enrolled in a 4-year institution and completed at least 2 years of undergraduate education OR 2) graduated Spring 2017 or later and have not been accepted into a graduate program
  • No GPA requirement

Application deadline January 31, 2018

Learn more and access the application 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Charlottesville Eye Associates is a busy Ophthalmology practice with immediate openings for entry level medical technicians. These are entry level opportunities with on-the-job training provided. They are seeking responsible and motivated individuals who desire to work in the healthcare field. Good communication and computer skills required. 
Send resume to the the Charlottesville Eye Associates, Office Manager, Dawn Wright at imanager97@gmail.com 
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The UVA Cognitive Aging Lab is hiring research assistants to work full time ($12/hr) between May 21st - August 10, 2018.  Research assistants are responsible for

  • recruiting potential participants
  • administering different types of testing
  • scoring the tests
  • entering and maintaining data

Applicants for the position should be very responsible and conscientious and must have superior interpersonal skills as our research participants come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Please contact cogage@gmail.com to request an application and further information. 

Application deadline: February 2, 2018