UVA Pre-Health Advising Blog

News and Opportunities for Students Preparing for Health Professional Programs

Friday, December 15, 2017

UVA nurse Jonathan Bartels created a new way to honor patients. It's called The Pause.

"A nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center was nominated for a prestigious award this year. He did something that took less than a minute but made a big difference in the lives of healthcare professionals whose patients died.

The goal of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals is to keep people alive, but sooner or later they will lose that battle. And when that happened, emergency department nurse Jonathan Bartels could see his colleagues shutting down -- repressing their emotions.

"The difficulty people had of just walking away and the feeling of pain", he recalls. "People are putting their lives in your hands, and when you can't pull them back, that really affects how your respond."

For the sake of good mental health, he thought it would be better to take a moment - to pause and reflect.

"The practice itself is to just stand and acknowledge the loss, acknowledge the work that we've done, to honor the life that lived in our own way and in silence. So it allows for a multi-cultural approach to a difficult situation," he explains."

(Emphasis added)

Continue reading...

For the sake of mental health, don't forget to pause and reflect this winter break!

Reflection through writing or other artistic mediums can help us to:

  • make meaning
  • shape thoughts and gain clarity
  • generate new insights
  • gauge progress
  • release emotions, provide relief, and alleviate stress
Thursday, December 14, 2017

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is proud to announce the Profile Submission Cyle for the 2018-19 Editon of the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR).

The AAVMC is seeking profiles from Pre-Vets, First and Fourth Year Veterinary Students, and Veterinarians!

For submission information and deadline, please use the following link:


Wednesday, December 13, 2017
June 4th - July 13th 

Explore careers, gain clinical skills, and broaden your knowledge of medicine, science, and technology this summer at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University's 2018 PULSE Program.

PULSE offers academic, clinical, research, and service learning opportunities focused on Urban medicine. The primary goal of the program is to provide students from underrepresented and/or educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds exposure to medical professions. PULSE runs 5 full days per week for 6 weeks.

PULSE offers 3 phases designed to serve students at all stages of undergraduate education. The curriculum includes course work, seminars, study skills workshops, and exposure to clinical settings. Placement of students in Phases, I, II, or III will be based on completed courses and academic performance.

Eligibility Requirements
Completed on year of college (by the start of program) and the following coursework:

  • At least one semester of biology
  • One semester of math
  • One semester of expository writing or college composition
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Additional information and application

Application deadline: January 29, 2018

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

June 1st - August 9th, 2018 

The SURF program is for undergraduate students interested in biomedical research.

SURF Fellows work on their research project in the lab of a faculty mentor (see available labs). Fellows attend relevant laboratory safety training and participate in lab meetings.

SURF fellows receive guidance from their faculty mentor, graduate students, postdocs, and the SURF leadership.

Career development activities
SURF fellows attend professional development seminars, visit Pfizer campus to learn about industrical pharmaceutical careers, tour the UIC research facilities, and participate in workshops on advanced scientific techniques. At the end of the summer, fellows present their research at the annual Mini Symposium.

Fellows receive $3,000 over 10 weeks.


  • 2nd or 3rd years majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistyr, or related field
  • 3.2 GPA or higher
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicants interested in a future graduate program in research preferred

Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Application includes: 

  • Form
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation 

More information and application
Program contact: surf@uic.edu 

Monday, December 11, 2017
You undoubtedly read pages and pages of assigned readings for classes all semester long -
now it is time to read something fun,
just for you! 
If you are seeking book recommendations for aspiring healthcare professionals, check out our list below. 
1. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End -- Atul Gawande, MD

2. An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back -- Elizabeth Rosenthal, MD

3. Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction -- Maria Szalavitz

4. Cutting for Stone -- Abraham Verghese, M.D.

5. The House of God -- Samuel Shem

6. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales -- Olivers Sacks, MD

7. Still Alice -- Lisa Genova 

8. When Breath Becomes Air -- Paul Kalanithi, M.D .

9. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down -- Anne Fadiman 

10. Black Man in a White Coat -- Damon Tweedy, M.D. 
11. Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA -- Brenda Maddox

12. All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice -- Jeff Wells

Tell us what you're reading on social media by using #PreHealtHoosRead!
Monday, December 11, 2017

SR-EIP is a research experience designed for undergraduates interested in applying to PhD or MD-PhD programs. Students work for 8-10 weeks in the summer under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Leadership Alliance* institution. Through one-on-one collaborations, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. All participants make oral or poster presentations of their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

Students receive a stipend, and housing and travel expenses are covered by the host institutions.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. All applicants must:

  • Be in good academic standing with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD
  • Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status at the time of application.

*Note: The SR-EIP is not designed for students pursuing professional training for careers in the practice of law, business administration, clinical medicine, clinical psychology, or the allied health professions.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Application requires: 

  • Biographic and academic information
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts

For more information and application, see this link

*The Leadership Alliance is a national consortium of leading research and teaching colleges, universities, and private industry. The mission of the Alliance is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academic, business, and the public sector.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Connor Liggett is a 4th year pre-medical student in the College majoring in Biology. He is the President of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) and a member of the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board. In this post, Connor describes his experience preparing for and taking the Medical College Admission Test - MCAT. 
What factors contributed to your decision to take the exam when you took it? 
I decided to take my MCAT in January of my 3rd year. My strategy was to plan my exam around a few key factors. Mainly, I wanted to strike a balance between waiting to take my exam until I had studied the subjects covered while at the same time leaving myself enough time to study and take it again if necessary. By the time I started thinking about the MCAT (summer between my 2nd and 3rd year), I had taken general chemistry, introductory biology, organic chemistry, and a psychology class or two. However, I had not taken any physics (I didn't have AP physics in high school) or a biochemistry course. I knew biochemistry is a huge portion of the exam and I wanted to have at least some exposure to physics before taking it. At the same time, I was planning on applying to medical school during my fourth year and didn't want to apply without having my scores. My solution was to take biochemistry and physics I in the fall of my 3rd year, take the MCAT in January, and then get my results in time to take it again just before applying that summer.

How long did you prepare for the exam? 
I dedicated about one month to exclusively preparing for the exam. When I was choosing the date of my exam, I wanted to leave myself some time to study when I wouldn't also be taking classes and taking the exam in mid-January left me with all of winter break to set aside for studying. I was able to stay at home with my parents and because I did not need to work, I was able to study for 6-9 hours a day, everyday for a month. One month may not seem like a long time, but if you really focus, you'd be surprised how much you can get done in a month.

That being said, the way I look at it, I actually prepared for a lot longer than one month for the exam. You're really doing the hardest part by taking your science classes. In class is where you learn everything you need to know for the exam and if you plan carefully, the exam preparation you do should mainly be review, test-taking skills, and practice. 

What methods of preparation did you use? 
I will be the first to admit I do not think I would have done well with "self-studying." I have no doubt there are people out there who would do perfectly fine studying on their own for the MCAT, but I do not see myself as one of them. Personally, I studied for the exam by taking a course offered by the Princeton Review. The course was online "Winter Bootcamp" that coincided really well with my winter break and lasted about 4 weeks. It offered live sessions taught by instructors in each of the different subjects covered on the MCAT along with a set of review books and access to online practice exams. A typical day for me would consist of 2 or sometimes even 3, 3-hour long sessions where instructors reviewed almost all of the material on the exam. The format of the class was a sort of web classroom where everyone logged in and the teacher spoke over slides, asked questions, and was able to see our responses. I also made sure to plan times for taking practice tests.

Describe how you felt the day of the exam.
To be honest, I was extremely anxious. I remember it was really difficult for me to fall asleep the night before, even though I knew I had to be up early. While I knew I had worked hard, there is always that feeling of "I could have studied this subject a little more." But at some point, you need to relax and feel confident in yourself and in your preparation. the MCAT is such a big part of an application that it can really feel like a lot of pressure, but I think the key is to be able to manage that pressure and even find ways to turn it to your advantage. Rather than feel overwhelmed, try and use that pressure as motivation to help you study. It's also important to remember that at the end of the day, the MCAT is just another test. We've taken hundreds of tests before (if you're here at UVA you must be pretty good at them!) and even if you have a bad day, you have the chance to take it again.

Describe how you felt after taking the exam.
RELIEVED. I can't tell you how good it feels to walk out of that testing center after 7 hours and realizing you're done. The exam was long, but it was honestly such a blur. It was one of those experiences where you're so focused that you don't really noticed the passage of time. One piece of advice I have is to try not to read too far into how you think you did. If you felt good about it - good! And if not, don't spend your time hung up on any particular section or questions. It can be extremely hard to gauge how well you did. I came out of my exam thinking "oh man, that CARS section was really hard," only to find out later that I did really well.

The next month of waiting for your scores to be released can be pretty tough, but try not to worry about it too much. It will come soon enough and you might just surprise yourself like I did! If you are applying to medical school, get used to waiting. Trust me, it's a common theme.

What advice do you have for students preparing to take the exam? 
The most important thing is to make a plan that works for you and stick to it. Make sure you're honest with yourself. Are you someone who can study by themselves using books or would you benefit from a more structured program? I know classes can be expensive, but this is not a time to skimp if you don't have to. Think of this as an investment in your future -- it will pay off in the end if you put in the work and you can pay your parents back when you're a physician. If you want to take a class and your family really can't afford it, don't give up. You'd be surprised how willing people are to help in situations like this and there are ways to find assistant if you ask. Also, check out the Fee Assistance Program through the Association of American Medical Colleges. Check out more resources and student testimonials.

Consider your timeline for applying, the classes you've taken, and your study method, and then schedule your exam so you can balance all those factors as best you can. If possible, try and set aside some time for studying outside of the school year so you don't have classes on top of preparation. If you have to work, plan ahead and let your boss know your situation so you can balance work and studying.

I would highly recommend taking at least a semester of biochemistry before taking the MCAT. Taking biochemistry the semester right before my exam made a huge difference for me. In general, you'll have it so much easier if your studying is more review and refreshing your memory rather than learning new material.

Good luck! If you have any questions at all about what I did to prepare or my MCAT experience, please don't be afraid to shoot me an email at cjl3pu@virginia.edu. I'm happy to talk more about it!

Monday, December 11, 2017
May 31 - June 28, 2018
The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) aims to assist students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds with gaining admission to dental school, and succeeding in their future careers in dentistry.
Over the span of 4 weeks, various educational and professional development experiences will be provided to SEP participants, including: 
  • intensive DAT courses
  • dental school application assistance
  • simulation lab activities
  • dental specialty panels
  • primary care exposure
  • academic success, professional development, and cultural competency seminars

SEP provides cost-free housing and complimentary DAT preparation. A stipend to cover food and travel expenses is also included.

Program Qualifications:

  • Identify as an underrepresented racial minority or economically / educationally disadvantaged student
  • Entering 3rd or 4th year of college, or recently graduated (within last 5 years)
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in dentistry and improving the health of underserved patient populations 

Application deadline: March 2, 2018 

For more information and application, please visit this link.

Monday, December 11, 2017
June 4th - August 10th, 2018

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute Summer Scholars Program offers research experience, professional development, and formal training. Interns receive a $4,000 stipend and free housing is available at the University of Pennsylvania residence halls.

Full-time 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years are eligible provided they:

  • Are currently enrolled full-time in a 4 year accredited college or university at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.3 overall GPA
  • Are interested in research related to child health and wellness
  • Are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents

Application deadline: January 31, 2018
Application requires: application form, 2 letters of recommendation, transcript, CV/resume

For more information and application instruction, see this link.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Clinical Summer Research Internship Program at the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine provides students with the opportunity to participate in the Department's clinical research projects. Students are exposed to various research methods and fundamental elements of clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and enrolling eligible patients into the studies.

The program seeks outstanding undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, health sciences, clinical research, or other health-related fields. Summer research interns will work on studies that provide them with exposure to the spectrum of clinical research including data collection and entry, patient interaction, and utilization of innovative research methods employed in the Emergency Department. In addition to collecting data, summer research interns will be exposed to the process of designing research studies including issues of human subject protection, data analysis, and publication.

Program requirements

  • Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 1 year of university-level education
  • Currently matriculated in a college or university
  • Undergraduate students, pre-medical students, post-baccalaureate students, medical students, and graduate students are welcome to apply
  • Good academic standing
  • Strong interest in clinical research and pursuing studies in a health-related field

Application Process
Application opens: November 7, 2017
Application closes: January 21, 2018 at 11:59pm

For more information and application instructions, visit this link.

Contact Paige Kulie, MPH, Clinical Research Supervisor at emedresearchsummerinternship@gmail.com

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy at Rockford is inviting current undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy to apply for the Summer Pharmacy Institute (SPI). The SPI allows students to explore different areas of the pharmacy profession including a fully day workshop devoted to current trends, research, and activities in each of the following focus areas: Hospital, Ambulatory Care, Industry / Research & Development, Community, and Professionalism in the Field.

Applicants must be:

  • Current undergraduates who have not yet been admitted to a PharmD program
  • Students that have already completed their undergraduate degree
  • Recent college graduates
  • US Citizens / Permanent Residents

It is highly recommended that applicants have taken undergraduate level coursework in biology, chemistry, and/or anatomy and physiology, as well as have a strong interest in the pharmacy career field.

When: June 4 - 8th, 2018

Application deadline: April 1

More information and application

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) application process is now underway for potential scholars!

Steps to Success with the SHPEP Application
Thursday, December 14th, 5-6 PM

This webinar will:

  • Review the important steps to successfully complete a SHPEP application
  • Offer tips for completing the personal statement 
  • Allow attendees to hear directly from SHPEP alumni members and mentors who craft letters of recommendation for potential SHPEP scholars
  • Review a quick checklist to consider before hitting the submit button on your application.

Join the webinar an get equipped to submit a stellar SHPEP application!
Register now.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is offering the Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) for its tenth year!

The SRIMS program begins May 29th, 2018 and includes 9 weeks of graduate-level research in the field of biomedical sciences. Participants receive formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars on current topics, mentoring, and use of state of-the-art core facilities.

  • $3,000 stipend provided to each participant for the nine-week experience
  • free room and board
  • assistant with travel

Click here for more information, program eligibility, and application requirements.

Application deadline: February 9th

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) is a student-run organization whose goal is to introduce prospective public health students and professionals into the organization and setup of the World Health Organization. It was founded at the University of North Carolina and continues to grow each year to other universities.

Each year, AMWHO hosts a weekend long conference where students are invited to debate health policy, engage with other students, and meet other professionals involved in the field of global public health.

April 6th - 8th, 2018
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Theme: Global Health Innovation - Novel Ideas, New Horizons
Early bird registration: $60
Contact with questions or for more information: external@amwho.org
Monday, December 4, 2017

Nandan Srinivasa is a 3rd year neuroscience major and mathematics minor pursuing a pre-medical undergraduate track. In this post, he will discuss his experience with the UVA Scribe Program, what it means to be a medical scribe, and how to get involved! =============================================
What is a medical scribe? 
A medical scribe documents the patient's entire medical record, including reason for visit and physical exam findings. The scribe works as a team with the resident doctor and nurse to ensure that documentation is efficiently recorded such that more time can be dedicated towards patient care. As part of the UVA Medical Scribe Program, a scribe can work in the Emergency Department as a part-time student worker or as a full-time job in a medical clinic in a variety of specialties such as Orthopedics and Cardiology. 

What made you decide to engage in this clinical opportunity? 
Before I became a scribe, I was an Emergency Department Clinic and Lobby Liaison Volunteer. While I volunteered at the hospital, I loved interacting with patients and learning more about the layout of the hospital; however, I wanted more experience in learning about patient care and how to track imaging results. Furthermore, I wanted to get more involved in the Emergency Department to learn if medicine was the right path for me. 

What does your experience in this position consist of? Can you describe a typical day? 
When I enter the Emergency Department, I introduce myself to the resident doctors and let them know that I will be scribing for them. Whenever the doctor signs up for a patient, I follow them into the patient’s room and take notes on the patient’s pertinent medical history and reason for visit. After I leave the room to document the results on a computer, the doctor will dictate the physical exam findings to be included in the patient’s chart. Each patient is very unique and presents to the emergency department with a distinct background story.
As a medical scribe, I am required to work for about 12-16 hours for a minimum of 2 years after hire. In addition, I’m required to work during the entirety of the first summer after hire. Shifts can range between 4-8 hours long and the hours are very flexible based on academic schedules. The shifts can be anytime between 7AM-12AM any day of the week. 
What distinguished this opportunity from other options you might have pursued? 

As a medical scribe, I am present for the patient-doctor interview and directly learn from the patient about their current symptoms and ailments. Even though I am unable to directly participate in patient care, I learn how doctors combine laboratory and radiology results to present the best course of treatment for the patient. In addition, I learn how to organize a patient’s information in a chart to include the pertinent medical history and other background information crucial for patient care, skills that are essential to master during medical school. 
What is challenging about scribing? 
One challenging part of scribing involves learning how to write certain aspects of the patient’s chart from their voice. Additionally, every patient is different and occasionally some patients present to the ED with a complicated medical history. It’s important to include all pertinent information in the chart such that if another doctor opens the chart one year later, they will know why the patient presented to the ED then. Furthermore, it is challenging to balance the time commitment per week with my schoolwork, exams, and extracurricular activities. To manage my work, I create a calendar every month with my work interspersed with my scribe shifts to ensure I have enough time to study for exams as well as dedicate enough time to the program. 

How did you determine whether to scribe or engage in another experience such as working as an EMT or medical assistant? 

As an EMT, you safely transport the patient directly from the scene to the hospital. En route, you can administer some anesthetics and drugs to alleviate some symptoms of the patient while taking basic vitals. As a medical assistant, you learn many administrative tasks such as filling out patient’s medical records and scheduling appointments. Instead of learning solely about the medical record of the patient, a medical assistant learns more about the bookkeeping and business aspects of the clinic or hospital. On the other hand, a medical scribe focuses solely on filling out the patient’s medical record and tracking lab/imaging results. As a medical scribe, I am present for a versatility of cases in an emergency room, ranging from a sore throat to a cardiac arrest. 
Why do you recommend this opportunity for other UVA grads? 
As a medical scribe, I’ve gained great clinical exposure from the atmosphere of an Emergency Room and the versatility of patients that present to the ER. I’ve learned basic medical terminology and a variety of common diseases from all major organ systems due to the extensive training period during the first few months after becoming hired. Most importantly, scribing has reinforced my career goals of practicing medicine as I love working as a team with nurses and other doctors. I truly enjoy the high-paced environment of the ER; it is challenging, yet rewarding. 
How does the application project work?  
There are two rounds for part-time undergraduate students and 4th year students during January and August every year. The application involves submitting an unofficial transcript, resume, and answering a few essay questions. After a few weeks, invitations for interviews are announced and offers are emailed out soon afterwards. The next application round will open in January 2018.   

Find updates about UVA Scribe Program hiring on the UVA Medical Scribe Program Facebook page.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The UVA global health case competition is designed to prompt students to recognize their unique individual potentials for contributing to the needs of global health. 

Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017. 


The goal of this case competition is to provide a realistically complex case that challenges student teams to:

  1. Synthesize information from diverse sources and perspectives
  2. Work within the human and material parameters
  3. Innovate for real issues that affect real people
  4. Collaborate with students from different disciplines
  5. Learn from fellow teams, your team mentor, and competition judges

Visit https://uvaglobalhealthcasecomp.org/ for more information
or contact
Golda Houndoh at agh7sn@virginia.edu.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Interested in learning about careers in podiatric medicine in a hands-on setting? Check out the following 2018 Podiatric Medicine Internship Programs. Please make sure to review the requirements for each internship program. In addition, discover which program might offer you the best location, dates and length of programming.  

California School of Podiatric Medicine’s Podiatry Experience: Summer Enrichment Workshop July 25-27, 2018 (Application Deadline is May 15, 2018)


The CSPM will be hosting a 3 day podiatry workshop that provides participants with an opportunity to explore the profession of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.


  1. Hands-on clinical day learning how to cast and suture, and sports medicine taping techniques
  2. Opportunity to explore the profession of Podiatry, shadow faculty and students in a variety of clinical settings, and participate in organized lectures covering the correlation between podiatric medicine and basic sciences.
  3. MCAT workshop, learn about the CSPM Admission process, financial aid, and scholarships.

Additional Information

  1. Questions regarding this program should be directed to the California School of Podiatric Medicine by calling 510-869-6789
  2. A sample of the 2016 Workshop Itinerary can be found here: http://samuelmerritt.edu/cspmexperience.


Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine Pre-Professional Internship 2018 Dates TBD

This 3 day Pre-Professional Internship Program at KSUCPM is designed to provide insight into the many facets of podiatric medicine and the education involved with obtaining a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree.


  1. Opportunity to shadow podiatrists in a clinical setting at the Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic and shadow podiatrists in a private practice setting.
  2. Observe CPM classes, take part in podiatric-themed workshops and meet with alumni and current CPM students
  3. Dates for 2018 will be announced in January 2018.

Additional Information

For more information, click the Pre-Professional Internship brochure and Sample Schedule. 

New York College of Podiatric Medicine Pre-Health Student Internship Program June 12-14, 2018 and July 17-19, 2018 (Application Deadline is May 1, 2018)

You will be able to experience life as an NYCPM student during one of their Pre-Health Student Internship Programs. These 4 day opportunities in New York City will provide you with a memorable experience in addition to giving you a solid overview of podiatric medicine and NYCPM.


  1. Opportunity to attend a seminar presented by a DPM
  2. Opportunity to participate in a hands-on suturing workshop
  3. Sit-in on a preclinical science class
  4. Opportunity to attend a hands-on lower extremity anatomy demonstration
  5. Shadowing opportunities at the Foot Center of New York

Additional Information

For more information, please call (212)-410-8051 or visit the NYCPM page here


Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Summer and Winter Internship Programs: January 2-5, 2018 and June 8- 15, 2018 (Application Deadline is November 24, 2017 and April 27, 2018)

TUSPM offers a free, 4 day winter internship program in January, or an 8 day summer internship program in June for undergraduate students.


  1. Topics covered during the program include: gross anatomy of the foot and ankle, introduction to podiatric medicine, biomechanics and pathomechanics of the foot and ankle, and many more
  2. Interns will attend workshops and seminars on podiatric medicine
  3. Interns will be able to shadow and work with podiatric physicians in hospital, private practice, and outpatient clinic settings
  4. A TUSPM student doctor will work with interns on a case presentation.

Additional Information

  1. Please call (215)-625-5451 call with any questions.

  2. For fees and anticipated student expenses, check out this brochure

  3. If you cannot make it to an internship in 2018 don’t worry. Look for a local DPM to shadow near where you live or go to school! Visit DPMNetwork.org for more information.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

QSURE internship program is designed for exceptional undergraduate students with an aptitude in quantitative sciences and an interest in cancer and population health.  Students will participate in an individual research program and receive exposure to methods in biostatistics, epidemiology and health outcomes research.

The QSURE program aims to provide a hands-on research experience to undergraduates with an aptitude for and interest in quantitative sciences in cancer. By conducting research in biostatistics, epidemiology or health outcomes research, students will advance their quantitative skills and knowledge, as well as their understanding of options for graduate study and careers in these areas.

Important Dates
January 5th - Application deadline
February 15th - Notification of admission
June 4th - Start QSURE internship
July 25th - Final student presentations
July 27th - End of QSURE internship

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student with an expected graduation after December 2018
  • Be authorized to work in the US
  • Have at least one semester of college-level statistics
  • Be in good academic standing

Competitive applicants will have

  • A keen interest in cancer and population health
  • Experience or aptitude in data analysis 
  • A strong academic record
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Application requirements

  • Resume
  • Statement of interest (~500 words)
  • Letter of good academic standing from Dean, College Counselor, or equivalent
  • Letter of recommendation from Professor or equivalent

See this link for more information and application

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rebekah Lee is a 4th year pre-pharmacy student in the College majoring in Biology. She is the President of the Pre-Pharmacy Society and a member of the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board. In this post, Rebekah describes her experience preparing for and taking the Pharmacy College Admission Test - PCAT. 
What factors contributed to your decision to take the exam when you took it? 
The summer between 3rd and 4th year is when most applicants plant o take their PCAT exams (some will take the September exam). I took the July PCAT because it was during the summer and I was able to devote all my time to studying without the demands of school. I also thought I had completed enough pre-requisites to take the exam. Completion of Anatomy & Physiology helped as well as basic Chemistry, Biology, and Organic Chemistry. I had not taken Genetics or Microbiology yet, which are on the exam, so I ended up learning this material for the exam by studying with my Kaplan book. This is doable since the Genetics and Microbiology content is limited; but I made sure to build in extra study time to accommodate for the material.

How long did you prepare for the exam? 
I prepped for 2 months, but I know a lot of people who studied for about a month and still did well. I went overboard because I was nervous and studied about 6 hours per day, Monday - Friday. I took notes and flashcards (flashcards are my best friend). I also used YouTube videos as guidance on certain topics I was still unsure about even after reading the Kaplan book.

What methods of preparation did you use for the exam?
I bought a Kaplan book that had a lot of in depth information, particularly for the Biology and Chemistry section (I also heard using Dr. Collins, was a great resource in preparation for the PCATs. Dr. Collins is composed of study packets for practice questions that are the most similar in difficulty and style to the PCAT). I read through 2 chapters of the Kaplan book a day and took notes. With this method, I finished the book in about 2 and a half weeks. I then found where my weaknesses were and searched YouTube and Khan Academy videos about the specific topic I was unsure on. I also made extensive flash cards that actually became on of my primary sources of studying. Additionally, once a week about a month prior to my exam, I took a full length practice exam every Saturday at the same time of my official test date time so I would get the fell of the time of day in preparation for the actual test day.

How did you balance the demands of preparing for the exam with your additional obligations and challenges? 
I was lucky enough to use the last month of my studying solely for prepping for the exam. I was working the first month but I was really able to focus on just studying. That is why I recommend preparing for the exam during the summer when you don't have to worry about school and other extracurricular obligations.

Describe how you felt the day of the exam. 
I honestly felt so nervous. I used to have high test anxiety in high school and i felt it come back the night before. I made sure I had enough sleep and did low studying and reviewing with my trusty flashcards. I ate a good healthy breakfast and drank lots of water. I took some herbs and tea to help calm me, but I'm not sure if they actually work. I was super nervous but I got a lot of encouraging text messages from my friends and family and that helped me really push through up to and throughout the exam. Don't feel too nervous! I think if you understand the things you are studying in the books, there is nothing much to worry about. Just make sure you rest well and eat a good breakfast and remember it is not the end of the world! Remind yourself you did the best you could and it's time to show the PCAT just how much you prepped yourself!

Describe how you felt after taking the exam. 
You actually get your exam score as you are walking out of the room and the test center. I remember feeling relieved it was finally over (~4 hour exam!) and reminding myself it wouldn't be the end of the world if I didn't do well. The exam proctor handed me the result folded and I went down the elevator with shaking hands. I ended up opening the results in the elevator and felt the weight lifting off my shoulders.

What advice do you have for students preparing to take the exam? 
Give yourself time and a place to study. I studied in a quiet zone in the library in the same seat almost every single day. Get up every hour and stretch! I also took practice exams in the same kind of environment and the same time I would actually take at the test center. I think that really helped my brain work at that time of day (took my exam mid-afternoon which I was not normally used to). Get into the habit of timing yourself. If you're planning to study every day, give yourself one day of the week where you don't study at all and you rest and enjoy life!

Is there anything else you would like to share? 
If you don't do well on your PCAT the first time, don't worry! You can always retake it and now you'll understand what kind of questions the test-makers will give you. Pace yourself in your studies and don't forget to live a little during that studying process. It'll be worth it in the end. Also - one thing I didn't know is that there is a PCAT Study Group on Facebook where people can ask each other questions about specific questions and answer them. This is extra material you can use and gain from!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
 The Pre-Health Advising team is excited to announce
be well: a journal for aspiring health professionals at UVA

Published in September 2017, this journal was specifically created for UVA students
who aspire to work in the health professions.

Every student's journey to their future health profession is unique. While it requires completion of a particular combination of courses and exposure to clinical experiences in your area of interest,
it also requires careful reflection.

Who or what impacted your decision to become a healthcare professional? 
How did your experiences lead you to pursue a career in this field?

Not only is it essential to carefully examine your interest and motivation for your career path,
but it is critical to a successful application for your health professional program of choice.
The students who are most prepared to formulate a well-written application, write an impactful personal statement, and clearly express their thoughts in an admissions interview are those who have devoted time to introspection and reflection of their personal development over a period of time.

With this journal, we invite you to pause from time to time.
Slow down.
Evaluate where you are.
Allow yourself to reflect not only on how you plan to complete the journey ahead,
but why you are headed in that direction and what you have learned along the way.

This journal includes: 

  • 10 sections of guided writing questions on topics such as Clinical Experiences, Health Disparities, Ethical Responsibilities, Adaptability & Resiliency, Leadership, & more.
  • Free writing space
  • Inspiring quotes from well-known individuals and UVA alumni
  • Reflections and advice from UVA alumni

So... how do I get one? 
If you are interested in learning more about writing as a useful reflection tool and/or
would like to pick up a copy, please join us for a study break!

Study Break for Pre-Health Hoos
Tuesday, December 5th 
Drop in from 2 - 4 pm
Georges Student Center, 2nd Floor Clemons, Room 204
RSVP on Handshake

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Applications for the 2018 Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program are now being accepted. Applications are due February 1. Access the application here. Some highlights of the program include its unique blended learning and virtual mentoring format. Find out more about the program here. Finally, many students who participate in the program have incredible outcome. More information about that is located here.


Eligibility Information

  1. You must be a 1st or  2nd year students at the time of applying
  2. You must be an underrepresented minority student or student with a disability
  3. You must be a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident
  4. You must be interested in pursuing combined MD-PhD degrees after college

Additional Information

For more details about the Gateways to the Laboratory Program, check out the “Tri-I Pod” podcast which is available on iTunes! Especially check out episodes 3 and 4.

If you have any additional questions please contact the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program at mdphd@med.cornell.edu.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ana Torres is a 3rd year Kinesiology major interested in pursuing a career in medicine. In this post, she will discuss her involvement with summer education programs from the application process to the actual experience. 
What is SHPEP & H-PREP? 
Summer Health Professional Education Program (SHPEP), formerly known as Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for underrepresented college students interested in the health professions.

Health Professions Readiness & Enrichment Program (H-PREP) is a 4-day interdisciplinary, preparatory, and professional development program for prospective students interested in pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmaceutical sciences, clinical research, and/or public health.

How did you learn about SHPEP and HPREP? 
I learned about SHPEP at a Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Honor Society (DHW) meeting my first year. To learn more about SHPEP, go to www.shpep.org.

I learned about HPREP at the Campbell University table at a Graduate School Fair. To learn more about HPREP, go to cphs.campbell.edu/centers-programs/hprep.

 As a first year, I started talking to different pre-health advisors and found these programs were a good fit for me. I also looked for different club opportunities to join that provided information about different opportunities. DHW Pre-Medical Honor Society is a great resource because it presents different opportunities geared towards minority pre-medical students. Even though you might be past first year, it's never too late to start making these connections. You are guaranteed to find great opportunities / resources that fit you by doing so! 
What made you apply to SHPEP & HPREP? 

There were many factors that went into my decision to apply to SHPEP. The main reasons were it was a free summer program, it focused on prep for the pre-med courses I was planning on taking, gave some shadowing opportunities, and had additional workshops for networking. Another plus was the fact that there are 13 locations available and you could apply to 3 locations with slightly different goals all in one application. The three locations I applied to were UCLA, Columbia University, and Howard University (which is the one I attended).

I decided to apply to HPREP because at the time I really wasn’t certain of which health profession (medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy) I really wanted to go into and also was interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine. Since HPREP is only 4 days and at the end of May, it didn’t interfere with any of the other summer programs I was looking at and made it easy to do both.

How are the application processes?
Both processes are very straightforward. SHPEP has a lengthy application process: 2 recommendation letters (1 from a professor and 1 from an advisor), 1 personal statement, 1 short essay, official transcript, and resume. One thing to note is that this this program is geared towards rising 2ndand 3rd years. So if you are a first year interested in applying to this program you can ask a high school teacher to write one of these recommendation letters. HPREP’s application process is very simple. You fill out basic contact information, upload a resume, and an unofficial transcript, and answer 2 short essay questions.
Can you describe a typical day?
Both programs had very packed schedules. For SHPEP, we started classes at 9am. We would have a health disparities class together from 9-10am, and then we would break up into our morning science classes (either physics, human anatomy, or cell biology). After that we would have lunch and start classes again at 2:30pm with either (biochem or organic chemistry). Throughout the course of the program some days rather than having classes we went on trips or had panels. Every site was slightly different but some of the things we did at the Howard University site were go to the NIH, go to the AAMC headquarters, have military doctors come talk, and have student panels.  We also had almost all the weekends free to go around D.C.
HPREP was a little busier day by day since it was only four days. There was an optional free fitness class in the morning at 7am and then we would start the day at 8:50am. There were a series of workshops. Then we had team meetings where you reflect on the day around 9pm. The workshops consisted of visiting the simulation lab, learning about the different health professions, personal statement work, and also one-on-one time with an advisor.
How did this experience help to prepare you for your next step? 
SHPEP was very helpful for preparing for my remaining pre-med courses. There were helpful workshops that discussed things such as paying for medical school, finding mentors, and panels that illustrated different paths for getting to medical schools. We also got the opportunity to shadow twice in the Howard University Hospital with different specialties. I was able to make great connections at Howard University with other speakers that came to talk to us specifically with the NIH and Navy physicians. It also helped to enforce my passion for going into medicine. Another major component of the program is inter-professional education which is when different health professions work together to learn together. We also did case studies together and navigate how each profession will play a role in caring for the patient.
HPREP was a great experience that help me feel more strongly about going into medicine over the other health professions and I got a better understanding of osteopathic medicine.  Since we were able to talk to different health professionals and see what they do I was able to see what “fit” well with me. Additionally, we got to learn some of the practices osteopathic physicians utilize.  
Another great part of all of these programs is that you get to meet and spend time with other peers that have similar goals. Both are residential programs where you are living with other pre-health students. You spend every day with these people and are able to bond over the things you’re learning and your common interests. After the program I still communicate regularly with the people I met, so it’s a great place to make new friends from different places!
How do I know if these programs are right for me?
Both programs allow you to explore different health professions such as nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, allopathic medicine, dentistry and physician assistant. Therefore, if you ever had an interest in any other profession or would like to learn more about them these are great opportunities! Additionally, even if you are already sure about what you want to do these are also great programs because you will eventually work with all these professions during your career and it’s important to learn and respect the other health professions. SHPEP specifically is great for 1stand 2nd year minority students while HPREP is great for any pre-health student (one of the participants when I was there was in his 50’s).
Is there anything else you would like to share?
If you’re interested in doing a summer program apply to a couple of different ones! Regardless of what you choose you’ll have a good time, have meaningful experiences, and meet great people along the way. There really isn’t any “bad choice” when it comes to doing internships so make sure to pick one you’re excited about and that fits your preparation and applications needs at the time.
If you want to ask more specific questions about these programs you can contact me directly at apt4hs@virginia.edu
Interested in SHPEP or HPREP for Summer 2018? 
SHPEP: Apply!
Applications open -- 1.1.17
Deadline -- 2.15.17
HPREP: Apply!
Applications now available
Deadline -- 1.15.18
Friday, November 17, 2017
Monday, 11/20
12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Tune in live for a panel Q&A session with current dental students, including career changers, parents, and post-bacc graduates.

Submit questions now for Q&A
Use this link to watch

Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Health Career Connection will be hosting 3 final webinars for their Summer 2018 Internship Program. The application is for the internship program is due December 20, 2017.

Find more information about the program here. The dates of the webinars are:
  1. November 22, 2017- 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
  2. November 30, 2017- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
  3. December 15, 2017- 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Interested students may attend any of the final 3 webinars. During the webinar HCC staff members will give more information on the summer program and application, including:
  • What to expect from an internship with HCC
  • The application process and eligibility requirements
  • Application checklist and selection criteria
  • FAQs

Please use the link below to register for any of the 3 final webinars:

If you have any questions or would like additional information or materials, please email HCC at info@healthcareers.org.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The 2017 Medical Student Symposium will be taking place Friday, December 8th-Saturday, December 9th.

This symposium is a great opportunity for pre-medical students to learn about military medicine. It is also an opportunity to learn from and network with active and retired military physicians, including General Officers as well as attending and flight physicians. An added benefit is that the symposium will be taking place the same weekend as the Army-Navy football game, which is being held in Philadelphia this year.

If you are interested in participating please contact Douglas Young at douglasyo@pcom.edu.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chelsea Umberger is a 4th year Kinesiology major planning to pursue a degree in physical therapy after taking a bridge year to further enhance her application (and for her own mental health!). At UVA, she is passionate about the organizations she is involved in. She is a Food Committee Co-Chair for Relay for Life; President of the Pre-Physical Therapy Association; Volunteer Chair for the Kinesiology Club; and deeply invested in Special Olympics and her sorority, Sigma Kappa. 

Chelsea is also currently working as an attendant for a boy with Fragile X syndrome. She has worked with him twice a week for the past 3 years and learned so much from him and gained a lot from spending time with him. She is also a Therapeutic Recreation Leader for Parks and Rec. She teaches a group exercise class for individuals with disabilities every Friday morning in downtown Charlottesville. Finally, she works as a medical fitness professional at FCAP. This role has been one of her most rewarding and enriching experiences at UVA and she is grateful for the opportunity to share about it with you in this post! 
What is Innisfree Village? 
I work at Innisfree Village through a program called the Fried Center for the Advancement of Potential (FCAP) as a medical fitness professional. Innisfree Village is a life sharing community with adults with disabilities. Innisfree, along with FCAP, was started by Barbara Fried. Barabara's son, John Fried, has an intellectual disability and a true passion for tennis. John has won 2 gold medals at the national Special Olympics for tennis and plans to compete for another gold next year! His love for the sport coupled with the Fried's dedication to fitness were the perfect ingredients for FCAP. Barbara asked her family personal trainer and physical therapist, David Ludeka, to help her get this project off the ground. Since then, FCAP has become a dream work environment. We see patients from the village with anything from scoliosis to simple gait abnormalities; we also train the village volunteers on form and technique, and even get the chance to work with some of David's own personal clients from outside of the village.

How did you learn about this experience? 
I heard about this opportunity through one of my roommates who is also a 4th year Kinesiology student. She started working for David two years ago and would rave about how amazing her job was. When she told me they were looking for extra help, I was interested to find out more! Last spring, I enrolled in the Independent Study class taught by David on what he likes to call "evolutionary mismatch." This class may be offered again next Spring, so keep an eye out if this interests you! He used this class to train students on techniques such as taking blood pressure and conducting evaluations while also taking us out to Innisfree for some shadowing and hands-on training. At the end of the course, a few students were selected to start work that summer. I was luckily chosen for one of the spots and I've been working at FCAP since! The benefits of networking and using connections you have to find new opportunities is so beneficial. I encourage everyone to start conversations with your peers and professors about experiences they have had or heard about. The best way to learn if an option would be a good experience is talking to someone who has been through it first-hand.

Why did you decide to engage in this opportunity?
I was already heavily immersed in working with individuals with disabilities and truly enjoyed working with those individuals. In my experience, I've learned just as much from those I've worked with as I hope they learned from me. Ever day you find a new challenge and different hump to overcome -- and when you figure out how to solve the problem, it's one of the most satisfying and gratifying feelings I can ever explain. So I knew the chance to learn more about physical therapy and work in a clinical setting while working with my population of interest was an opportunity I just couldn't miss out on.

What did your experience in this position consist of? Can you describe a typical day?
The clinic at FCAP is structured in a very different way than a typical clinic. My technical title is a medical fitness professional but we call ourselves the interns. When we get a new patient at FCAP, we first conduct an in depth evaluation. We partner up for these evaluations so we can have an extra set of eyes on each finding we come across. This evaluation starts with taking and recording vitals and height/weight, then we go through a background screening to find out about previous injuries or conditions we should know about. Then, we conduct a structural exam (checking for scoliosis, leg length discrepancies, etc.). After these exams are completed, we step outside the room and conduct a gait analysis that is followed by a functional evaluation. Once all exams are complete, we send our evaluations to be checked by David and make a plan to treat. Our workouts are structured and planned around the problem(s) of interest we are trying to correct. For example, if a patient has scoliosis we would include specific stretches and Erector Spinae muscle exercise to help normalize the curve.

Why do you recommend this opportunity for other UVA grads? 
I would absolutely recommend this opportunity to anyone at UVA! Although I would be sure you either have some experience working with individuals with disabilities beforehand or possess some level of comfort working with them because it is a challenge for sure! If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email a cau4fc@virginia.edu and I'll try to help you out.

How did this experience help to prepare you for your next step? 
This experience has taught me so much already. I've always learned best through hands-on experiences as compared to reading a textbook. This experience has also led me to my plan for my bridge year before applying for graduate programs. I'll be working here through 2019. Not only has this experience brought so much educational benefit but it's helped me develop my character and professionalism on a whole new level.

Monday, November 13, 2017
June 2nd - July 14th, 2018

The UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP) is an intensive six-week residential summer medical academic enrichment program for 30 undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, and chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants. The number one goal is to expose participants to the "real world of medicine" to prepare them not only for admission to medical school, but to assume future leadership positions in the medical / biomedical field. Students are housed at no charge on campus, as well as receive a stipend of $600 to cover basic living expenses.

Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until April 15, 2018.

Selection criteria:

  • Undergraduate college students
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Come from a disadvantaged background (i.e. economically disadvantaged background, racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in medicine, or from parts of the country such as rural areas where residents have been historically underrepresented in medicine, first generation college student, meet the American with Disabilities Act requirements, and/or identify as LGBTQIA)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Strong personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation
  • Demonstration of serious interest in a medical career
  • Note: preference given to veterans, surviving spouses, or children of a veteran killed in the line of duty

Find more information and how to apply.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Saturday, 11/18
2:00 - 4:00 PM
U of M College of Pharmacy - Room 1528
428 Church St Ann Arbor, MI 48109
This event will contain information about the pharmacy profession and an overview of the PharmD program at U of M. Following the presentations, there will be an information session with current pharmacy students. 
Light refreshments provided. 
Thursday, November 9, 2017
PPOL 3559-100: American Health Care - Challenges & Opportunities
Dr. Robert Powers, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine & Emergency Medicine
3 credit hours
Tuesday's 2:00 - 4:30 PM
This course offers an opportunity to learn about the structure and function of the health care system in the United States. Lectures and classroom sessions will cover the history and current status of the education and delivery systems, and examine the challenges that face providers, patients, policy makers, and engineers as health care becomes more effective and more expensive. Issues related to manpower, financing, access, disparities, and developing technology will be examined with discussion of approaches to understanding and addressing significant problems, challenges, and opportunities.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Interested in learning more about UVA's Master in Public Health program, including the 4+1 program? Join current MPH students for this information session to learn more about the their experiences in the program, the application process, and more!
GRE scores not required for current UVA students. 
Wednesday, 11/29
5:30 PM
Newcomb Hall 177
Food will be provided. 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Master of Science in Nutrition Science is a 12-month program that prepares students for many possible paths in healthcare and other professions. Since the majority of major health issues in the US and globally have a strong nutrition component, this program is useful for a broad range of careers. The academic year is divided into 3 semesters, 2 fifteen-week terms where students focus on coursework and begin their thesis projects, and a summer semester devoted entirely to the thesis research. Throughout the program students are assigned an individual faculty advisor who provides assistance in course selection, thesis topic supervision, and career guidance.

Want to know more? 

Open House
November 17, 2017
December 5, 2017

Webinar Sessions
12.5.17 @ 1:00 PM
1.30.18 @ 1:00 PM
2.6.18 @ 1:00 PM

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Meheret Kinfe is a 4th year pre-medical student in the College majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship. She is the founder of the Virginia Alpha PhiDE Chapter and a member of the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board.  
What is neuroradiology? 
I started shadowing in the UVA Neuroradiology department at the start of my fourth year. Neuroradiology is a branch of medicine focused on analyzing diagnostic images of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, head, and neck. THe main imaging techniques used are MRI and CT scans. In order to be a Neuroradiologist, one has to go through 4 years of medical school, 4 years of residency training in radiology and then a 1 - 2 year Neuroradiology fellowship.

What made you decide to engage in this clinical opportunity? 
After shadowing a Pediatric Epileptologist, a Neurologist who focuses on epilepsy cases, I want to gain more exposure to diagnostic imaging. I knew radiology would be a very different experience because it doesn't involve interacting with patients all the time, but I was willing to experience something new. I'm glad I sought this opportunity because it allows me to see another side. I was first on the side that requests the diagnostic images, and now I'm on the side that interprets them.

How did you get involved in this shadowing opportunity? 
I went online and looked up UVA Neuroradiology faculty and I read about each physician including their schooling, their research focus, their specializations, and awards. It's difficult to find emails of physicians online so I used UVA People Search by typing in their names to find their emails. I made a draft email expressing my relevant experiences and why I'm interested in Neuroradiology and then I personalized it to each physician as necessary depending on special focuses or skills. Over the years, I've realized that physicians don't have much time to read long emails so it's important to be succinct and attach a resume so they can efficient get a glimpse of who you are.
PROTIP: Additional tips & strategies to seek a shadowing opportunity

What did your experience in this position consist of? Can you describe a typical day? 
Shadowing in radiology is very different than the typical experience of shadowing a physician because I hardly see patients. I mostly stay in the physician's office or go in the reading room to observe her and other fellows and residents interpreting images. If it's with Dr. Matsumoto, I sit down and talk with her as we analyze the images, but if it's with other fellows and residents I typically watch as they discuss their findings with an attending. For example, we've had to analyze many stroke and epilepsy cases. This opportunity not only allowed me to better understand the brain anatomy and physiology, but has also given me an opportunity learn from residents and fellows about their experiences in their respective positions.

Why would you recommend this opportunity to other pre-medical students? 
Shadowing in general is an important opportunity for pre-medical students because it allows them to experience the daily life of a physician. It's an opportunity to learn hospital dynamics, doctor-patient relationships, inter-professional collaboration, and the demands of specific specialties. I'm glad I got involved in more than one shadowing opportunity during my undergraduate years because I"ve been able to observe and better understand both Neurology and Radiology.

Is there anything else you would like to share? 
I also believe it's a good idea to shadow in specialties that have very different demands and expectations. For example, after shadowing in both a primary care setting and in radiology, I"ve come to realize I much prefer interacting with patients instead of spending most of my time looking at screens and analyzing images. This however, does not mean I've lost interest in radiology because through this experience I've learned there is a specialization within radiology called Interventional Radiology that gives you an opportunity to interact with patients and perform minimally invasive procedures like removing an aneurysm using imaging guidance. All things considered, make sure to keep an open mind and gain exposure to as much as possible because you have plenty of time before settling on a specialty!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
6 week program for 8 undergraduates who are rising juniors and/or seniors interested in study medical studies. This program will engage selected participants in clinical experience, guided research, and immersive service at Georgetown.


  • Shadowing
  • Research
  • Clinical Rotations
  • Community Service

Program Logistics

  • Dates: July 27-August 11, 2018
  • Stipend: $4,000
  • Travel: Up to $250 per student on a case-by-case basis, determined by the Georgetown Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Housing: Dorms on Georgetown University campus
  • Meals: Students are responsible for their own meals except for meals provided by ARCHES program events

Additional Information

1. Apply by February 5, 2018 at som.georgetown.edu/guarches

2. Questions? Please contact Kimberly Walker (Kimberly.walker@georgetown.edu) or call (202)687-7320
3. First generation college students and students underrepresented in the health professions are encouraged to apply.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The Enrichment Summer Program (ESP), sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, provides academic advancement and career knowledge for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in veterinary medicine. There is no fee to participate. The program is open to students interested in pursuing veterinary medicine and plan to apply to a professional program for entrance in fall of 2019. Consideration is given to residents of Michigan who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program will take place from Sunday, June 3 through Friday, June 22, 2018.

What does the program involve?

Participants will experience a robust didactic curriculum, clinical learning opportunities, and leadership development sessions.

  • Content areas including: physiology, epidemiology, histopathology, etc
  • Clinical experiences include: emergency medicine, oncology, internal medicine, etc
  • Leadership development includes: financial health, work-life balance, written and verbal communication, and career development.

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Receive intensive preparation for professional school
  • Obtain exposure to the diverse professional opportunities in veterinary medicine
  • Gain field and clinical experience with multiple species of animals
  • And many more

What are the expectations of the participants?

Participants are expected to commit to all assigned program components/offerings, practice professional conduct and wear professional attire at all times, and complete at least 50% of required prerequisites by June 3, 2018

How do I apply?

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018. Visit http://cvm.msu.edu/about/diversity/enrichment-summer-program for more information.
Monday, November 6, 2017
November 9th
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Balz-Dobie Lounge
First semester is an exciting time -
a new place with new social groups, classes,
clubs, teams, and organizations. 
But it's not always easy.
Maybe you didn't make an a Capella group or got a C on a test
or maybe Honor didn't work out this time. 
Whatever it may be,
we all get rejected.
We all fail. 
And we all need to talk about it more. 
Join the Balz-Dobie RAs, Zach and Ginny, and
Tim Davis, Executive Director of Student Resilience and Leadership Development,
for a conversation, activity, and pizza
in Balz-Dobie lounge on November 9th. 
TLDR: First year is hard. Eat pizza and talk about it.
Contact Ginny - brooks@virginia.edu
or Zach - ze5dw@virginia.edu

*Sponsored by the UVA Resilience Project*

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Apply for the Volunteers Around the World (VAW) Medical Outreach Program - a new student organization at UVA!

Are you interested in spending 2 full weeks in Panama (May 20th - June 3rd) and running a mobile clinic for 5-6 days? As a team member, you will have the opportunity to shadow medical professionals, work side by side with experienced doctors, perform triage, manage the pharmacy, and teach public health classes to children or teenagers. You will also have free time to travel in the host country, experience a new culture, and build great relationships!

Contact Ravdeep Gill at rkg4xf@virginia.edu if you are interested in joining the trip.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Spend quality time at local Charlottesville organizations that are revolutionizing biotechnology right here in your own backyard!

  • Learn how your lab and bench science skills can be put to work, and connect with potential local employers interested in connecting with UVA students.
  • Get insider tips on how to market your experience, and where to apply your life science skills. 
  • Learn from professionals who are on the cutting edge of BioTech and expand your network. 

Visits include:

  • PRA Health Sciences 
  • Bonumose 
  • Aegenis 
  • Signature Science

RSVP required here
*You must also attend and info session prior to the Trek. See info session dates and signup at event RSVP link.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

CFHI is a non-profit based in San Francisco and recognized by the United Nations that provides Global Health Field Experiences in 10 countries. CFHI has been a leader in preparing students for Global Health careers, humanistic medicine, public health, and social justice pursuits. 2-week Winter Intensives allow students to compress invaluable exposure to GLobal Health realities, health systems, and much more into Winter Break. All CFHI programs set standards for ethics, patient safety, professionalism, and authentic community-based perspectives.

Learn more about Winter Intensives taking place in December and January:

  • Public Health and Community Medicine in India
  • Hospital Medicine in Argentina
  • Tropical Medicine and Community Health in Mexico
  • Health Access and Inequities in Mexico
  • Maternal Child Health, HIV and Realities of Health Access in Uganda
  • Public Health in Ecuador
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is co-sponsoring, with the University of Pittsburgh and Loyola University Chicago, the 4th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health's Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest. This is an opportunity for students and trainees to submit thoughtful written reflections about their exposure to Global Health. Select essays are published and winners are invited to read at the CUGH Annual Conference.

Deadline for submission: November 12, 2017
More information

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

This award will support a year-long educational engagement related to a topic or issue relevant to promoting health and development and/or to reducing the incidence and/or severity of violence against women and girls. The engagement will include coursework or independent  study during the semester preceding the field placement to prepare for research or service work in the chosen community. The field placement must be for at least 8 weeks and it is preferable that this placement occur in a French-speaking developing country (such as Rwanda or Morocco where University partnerships exist).

Deadline: December 1, 2017
Learn more at hgscholaraward.com

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Register today for the SHPEP kick-off webinar and get an inside look into the Summer Health Professions Education Program!  


This program is for any pre-health student. It is also free of charge. Join the SHPEP kick-off webinar to hear about this educational opportunity directly from past scholars and alumni. 
You will also receive the best tips and tools for a successful 2018 SHPEP application and have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the SHPEP admissions process.
Register before November 16, 2017, when the webinar will be taking place. Here is the link to apply:

Please contact Chantez Bailey,
Sr. Communications and Outreach Specialist for AAMC: cbailey@aamc.org

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics is offering an intensive and international summer institute in bioethics in New Haven, CT, open to graduate students, professionals, and select undergraduates.

About the Program

The program features a series of morning lectures surveying the field of bioethics and over 25 small, intensive seminars on topics such as: neuroethics, end-of-life care, law, philosophy, and technology. You will also visit the esteemed Hastings Center and receive weekly classes in professional development, culminating in the writing of a short paper and the presentation of a related poster at the Yale School of Medicine. Select students will be able to participate in a close mentoring experience to help students develop and publish submissions to bioethics journals.

Full Program

  • ​Dates: June​ ​1​ ​–​ ​July​ ​21,​ ​2018
  • Tuition and fees: $1,875 (undergraduates), $2,275 (graduate students), and $3,275 (advanced professionals)

Foundations​ ​of​ ​Bioethics
  • Dates: June​ ​4​ ​-​ ​7,​ ​2018
  • Tuition and fees: $500 (students), $1,000 (advanced professionals)

  1. Course credit may be available, and housing is available within walking distance for an additional cost.

  2. Applications encouraged by January​ ​15th​, but accepted through spring if space allows. For more information, visit www.bioethics.yale.edu/summer or contact Lori Bruce, Program Director, at Lori.Bruce@yale.edu.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee invites you to explore your interests in biomedical sciences through a summer training experience as a research intern in the Diversity Summer Health-Related Research Education Program (DSHREP).

DSHREP is a competitive program designed to provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in biomedical science. Qualified students accepted into the program are "matched" with an established faculty investigator(s) to participate in research project(s) addressing the causes, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular, pulmonary and hematological diseases. Check out the following video:


Thursday, October 26, 2017
Come see how we DO medicine
Campus Tour
Saturday, November 9th
5:30 - 7:30 PM 
Academic Center
One Medical Center Dr
Stratford, NJ
Tour the campus, learn about the innovative curriculum, see the on-campus research, meet admissions staff, & more.
More information: Contact the Office of Admissions at 856-566-7050 or rowansomadmissions@rowan.edu
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
December 26th - January 4th, 2017-18
Designed for pre-veterinary students in their undergraduate studies, students will learn about veterinary medicine in a developing country. Along with local vets, the class will be helping animals in need of medical attention and offer services to horses, cattle, dogs, cats, and other animals. The course will cover basic clinical information about diagnostics and treatments including basic veterinary skills such as parasitological surveys, blood work, physical exams, and more. 
Registration fees associated. 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Students interested in pursuing a health career in optometry should check these opportunities offered by SUNY. Some of the upcoming events are as follows:

Explore Tuesdays 
This is an excellent opportunity to tour state of the art facilities, interact with current students, meet with an admissions representative, and enjoy an afternoon in the highly acclaimed Bryant Park.

  • Upcoming dates: Tuesdays, November 21st, 2017 and December 19th, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PM

Explore SUNY webinar 
This is an opportunity to learn more about our Doctor of Optometry program, dual OD/MS and OD/PhD programs, MBA certificate program, and an overview of the admissions process

Winter Open House 
This is a great opportunity to explore the profession by meeting faculty members, learning what it is like to be an optometry student by interacting with current  students, and learning tips on how to build a competitive application

  • Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Additional Information 
Students are welcome to bring up to 2 guests for any of the events.
Please email admissions@sunyopt.edu with any questions.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Program Description

  1. This internship program is a paid full-time 10-week internship placement in a partner organization. Interns work under the direction of a preceptor and work on meaningful projects that are educational and benefit the organization and its community.
  2. Interns can gain exposure, hands-on experience, and mentorship in a variety of settings in health care/public health.
  3. The Internship stipend ranges between $3,000 and $4,000
  4. Workshops on key professional and personal development topics including leadership, advocacy, cultural competence, life and career planning and graduate education preparation will be held.
  5. Opportunities for community building and networking with peers, professionals, and alumni are available.
  6. Partner schools include- School of Public Health at: UC Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard University, Columbia University, UNC Chapel Hill, UC Riverside, CSU Fresno and Schools of Medicine at: UCSF PRIME, UCLA PRIME, Stanford University and Wake Forest.

  1. Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or have recently graduated from an undergraduate institution.
  2. Recent graduates must have completed their degree within the last three years.
  3. Candidates who are enrolled in a post-baccalaureate are eligible to apply.
  4. Graduate students are not eligible to apply.
The application is now live and closes on December 20th, 2017.

Additional information:
  1. Visit www.healthcareers.org for more details
  2. Please email info@healthcareers.org with any questions or concerns
  3. Clinical or medical internships are not offered; however, pre-med students with interest in exploring other or related health career options are welcome to apply.

Monday, October 23, 2017

noun: adapted from confluence; a flowing or coming together, a meeting or gathering at a point

Call for paper submissions: Conflux Journal is seeking global health-related research papers!
A Global Health and Research Journal, Conflux, is the first of its kind at the University of Virginia. This annual, interdisciplinary journal spans the gamut of research experiences in an effort to convey the complexity and specificity of ethnographic, qualitative and quantitative research experiences in different regions of the globe. Each article is unique, in content or design, highlighting that each student's experience is unique. It is our hope that each article will inspire introspection within readers, and ultimately provoke critical analysis as those same readers prepare for their own research experiences. Learn more about Conflux here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Considering a J-Term course? Uncertain about what to take in the spring? Check out these health-related courses!

*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.