UVA Pre-Health Advising Blog

News and Opportunities for Students Preparing for Health Professional Programs

Friday, October 20, 2017
Health Professions Scholarship Webinar
Wednesday, 10/25
4:00 PM 

Considering a future career in the health professions?

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology

Not only can health professional programs be rewarding, but they can also become a large financial liability. Learn how the Army Medical Department's Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) can ease the financial liability. Find out how you will become part of the world's largest and most comprehensive health care system.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Liberty University's College of Osteopathic Medicine is hosting an open house on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:30 AM to 12 pm. During this time, students will learn about the school’s programs, curriculum, clinical rotations, and will have the opportunity to participate in tours of their 140,000 sq. feet state-of-the-art facility lead by current student doctors. You will learn more about admissions, missionary medicine, student leadership development, and more.
If interested, Military Medical recruiters (e.g active military personnel) will be hosting a program about opportunities available within the armed forces from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Here’s the link to register free online: http://www.liberty.edu/lucom/index.cfm?PID=33017
Additional Information
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s address is: 306 Liberty View Ln Lynchburg, VA.
Questions? Contact Jacqueline Mendez by email (jmendez1@liberty.edu) or by phone at (434)-592 6953.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The University of Florida is recruiting 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students interested in the health professions for the summer 2018 Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). 

SHPEP is an exciting program that spans the United States. The University of FL is one of 13 recipients in the U.S. of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award granting SHPEP status and will be accepting 80 students for its 2nd year May 14th - June 22nd. 

This 6-week summer program is free and aims to expand horizons for racially, ethnically, and/or economically/educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students who are US citizens, permanent residents, or with DACA status, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and will be rising 2nd or 3rd year students as of the start of the program next May. The program is designed to provide exposure to the various healthcare professions, academically enrich, and facilitate career development opportunities. 

Interested qualified students with interest in any of the healthcare professions: 

  • medicine
  • physician assistant
  • nursing
  • dental medicine
  • pharmacy
  • public health
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • veterinary medicine

are encouraged to apply! 

Learn more and apply at www.shpep.org. Applicants should select and prioritize 3 schools of interest. Applications open December 1 and close February 15th. 

Also check out: facebook.com/shpepconnect and twitter.com/shpepconnect 

The University of Florida has all 6 health science colleges participating and is one of the few that includes representation of veterinary medicine.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The following ADEA AADSAS webinar recordings are now available:

Interview Tips from Seven more U.S. Dental Schools - September 6th, 2017

  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
  • University of New England College of Dental Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry

You are invited to view a recording of the webinar here.

Interview Tips from More Dental Schools - September 21st, 2017

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

You are invited to view a recording of the webinar here.

Monday, October 16, 2017

 We're excited to share something new with 
Pre-Health Hoos!
Stay tuned.
Friday, October 13, 2017

When did you graduate from UVA and what did you study? 
I graduated in May 2017. I majored in Global Public Health and took all the necessary pre-medical classes.

What made you decide to engage in a bridge year and how are you spending your time? 
I knew I did not want to go straight into medical school after finishing undergrad. After 4 very busy years at UVA, I knew I needed a break from academics, and I also wanted to get more "real world" experience. I did not have any real clinical experience during undergrad and I wanted to make sure medicine is really what I want to commit to. MedServe is actually a 2-year program, which will allow me time to really become part of a community and develop my role. This also gives me a bit of a break between graduating and starting my applications. Right now, I'm starting to research where I might apply, but I'm mostly working and enjoying some free time.

How did you learn about this opportunity? 
I first heard about MedServe through an email from the UVA Career Center. As I read more about the program, I realized it sounded like a perfect fit for me so I applied.

What does your experience consist of? Can you describe a typical day? 
I work at Harvest Family Health Center, which is in a rural area in eastern North Carolina, just outside of Rocky Mount. At the clinic I mainly work as a medical assistant. I bring patients back and take vitals and history. The patient population at Harvest is very diverse and I end up using Spanish pretty frequently. One great thing about MedServe is that our roles are somewhat flexible -- we can do whatever the clinic needs. I've only been at Harvest a few months now, and I am currently getting more involved with the existing outreach program for migrant farmworkers.

What distinguished this opportunity from other options you might have pursued? 
Honestly, everything. While there were other options that interested me, they didn't line up with my career goals in the same way. What first caught my attention was MedServe's focus on primary care and community health. I am very interested in this aspect of healthcare, but I didn't find other opportunities with that as the focus or that contained both clinical and community roles. MedServe also has a great support structure. There are other Fellows, and even though we are all across the state, it's great to have a people going through a similar experience, especially if you are new to the area. The program also includes check-in's, reflective assignments, and group summits, which are all to help us learn from and make the most of our experiences.

What was involved in the application process? 
The application process took place during the spring semester of fourth year. First, I completed an application that included several essays and submitted letters of recommendation. I was invited to interview, via Skype, with the program staff in early March. During the initial interview, we were asked about which sites were most interested in. The sites then interviewed their top candidates. I was originally wait-listed after the initial interview, but was called for another Skype interview, this time with the clinic manager and doctor at my site.

In what ways is this experience preparing you for your next step?
This experience has given me exposure to primary care in a rural setting that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. The clinic where I work also serves a large Spanish-speaking population; my Spanish skills and fluency have improved, which will definitely be useful in the future. I think having this experience will allow me to apply to medical school with a clearer idea of what areas I might want to go into, and also understanding the reality of healthcare. It's one thing to learn about an issue in class or hear it in the news; it's another to actually see it at work.

Would you recommend this opportunity to other UVA students? 
Definitely! Although I've only been part of MedServe for a few months, I"m so glad I am part of it. The MedServe sites are all extremely different, which provides opportunities in primary healthcare that can align with your specific interests, whatever they are.

Is there anything else you'd like to share? 
Don't panic if you haven't found what seems like the perfect opportunity yet. I was definitely stressed about what I was doing after graduation during the spring of fourth year, but I just kept looking and eventually everything came together. This is also no one "right" path to get where you want to be.

Interested in learning more about the MedServe program or applying for your bridge year experience? Applications are due this year by October 28th!

Learn more!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HDSM) invites all pre-dental students to attend the 9th Annual Pre-Dental Mini-Conference. 

Friday, November 17th
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Harvard School of Dental Medicine 
188 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA 02115

The mission of this annual event is to connect pre-dental students with valuable resources and opportunities as they prepare for applying to dental schools, and provide them with unique perspectives on dental school and the dental profession. Pre-dental students will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the Director of Admissions, faculty members, current dental students, and fellow pre-dental students from different schools. A tour of HSDM will be offered at the end of the session to those who are interested. 

Spots are limited! Make sure to register at least a week in advance for this event. Please also use your First and Last name so you can be identified upon check-in. 

Attire: Business Casual
Cost: Free
Food provided! 

Please RSVP here if you would like to attend this fund conference!
5:30- 5:45 Set-up / Registration
5:45- 6:30 Meet and Mingle with Current Students, Fellow Pre-Dents, and Admissions Team
6:30- 7:00 Director of Admissions Talk
7:00- 7:30 Faculty Speaker
7:30- 8:00 Q&A Breakout Session with Dental Students
8:00- 8:30 Optional Tour
Public Transportation: Take the Green Line (E) to the Longwood stop. Walk up Longwood to 188 Longwood Avenue.
Public parking is available near the campus:
I. Best Western Hotel, 342 Longwood Ave. For rates please call them at 617.431.4700.
II. MASCO Parking located at 375 Longwood Ave. For rates please call them at 617.632.2881
III. 333 Longwood Ave. For rates please call them at 617.734.8384.
Questions? Contact:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The American Living Organ Fund, a 501(c)(3) that advocates for living organ donors, is looking for 1 - 2 enterprising interns to help work on a user friendly information page to help kidney and liver donors assess and deal with possible medical complications.

This is a volunteer cyber internship where researchers work remotely. Hours are flexible but researchers are expected to spend about 10 hours per week working on the project.

Desired qualifications:

  • completion of at least 2 years of college
  • strong research and writing skills
  • willingness to wade through government medical data reports and medical journal articles in search of relevant information

Interns will work directly with the ALODF's co-founder and president Sigrid Fry-Revere. Those who successfully complete their internships will be listed as authors on the project page.

Two positions will remain open until filled and work on the project will begin immeidately. The preferred length of commitment is from acceptance until May 2018, however there will be an option to continue through the summer if desired.

A sample rough beginning for the project can be found here.

This is a volunteer position.  To apply, send your resume and a brief explanation of your interest in the position to sigrid@alodf.org 

Questions? Contact Sigrid at Sigrid@alodf.org

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Diversi-TEA Career Conversations are a series of informal chats with alumni and friends of the university around topics including personal identify and career exploration, navigating recruitment and applications, and building community through mentors and networks.

Wednesday, October 18th
4:00 - 5:00 PM 
Multicultural Student Center, Newcomb Hall
RSVP on Handshake

Join UVA Nursing Alum Michael Swanberg, RN, PhD for a conversation on how his personal identity shaped his experience as a Peace Corp volunteer in Burkina Faso, a French-speaking West African country. Learn more about Michael Swanberg here.

Friday, October 20th 
4:00 - 5:00 PM 
Multicultural Student Center, Newcomb Hall
RSVP on Handshake

Join UVA Medicine and UVA Law alumni Dr. Anastasia Williams and Sanford Williams for a conversation on personal identity and their unique career stories.

Dr. Anastasia Williams is the Founder of Olde Towne Pediatrics, with offices in Manassas and Gainesville, VA. She is a board certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is on the UVA School of Medicine Board of Trustees and serves as Chairman of the Pediatric Council of Novant Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Williams here.

Sanford Williams is the Director of the Office of Communications BUsiness Opportunities at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC. THe Office serves as the principal advisor to the Chairman and the Commissioners on issues, rulemakings, and policies affecting small, women, and minority-owned communications businesses. Learn more about Mr. Williams here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Emergency & Wilderness Medicine class

January 2-13

Sign up to participate in the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s ‘Emergency and Wilderness Medicine” class by October 31st! This is the deadline to apply for need-based scholarships and early bird discounts for the course (a chance to save $150).

This course taught by University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty and physicians offers:  

  • Med school labs
  • ER shadowing
  • CPR certification                  
  • EMS ride-alongs
  • Med school campus tour               
  • and much more!

Here’s a YouTube video about the class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bex-JDJWirs&feature=youtu.be.

To enroll, apply for a need-based scholarship, or to learn more follow this link: https://coloradowm.regfox.com/pre-med-registration-2018-jan-colorado.  

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Todd Miner at todd.miner@ucdenver.edu.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Health Professions Week 2017

November 6 – 10, 2017

Health Professions Week is a week-long event for college students interested in learning about careers in the health professions. It’s completely FREE of charge! Students who participate will have to opportunity to explore over 20 diverse, rewarding professions including:

  • anesthesiologist assistant
  • dental professions
  • health administration
  • medicine
  • and many more!

In addition, throughout the week there is a great lineup of events. The itinerary is as follows:  
  • Monday: Keynote by Dr. Kameron Matthews
  • Tuesday: Online Treasure Hunt
  • Wednesday: Live Virtual Fair
  • Thursday: Community Connect Day
  • Friday: A Day In the Life
By registering, students will have the opportunity to talk with practitioners, discover educational pathways, and have the chance to win prizes like one of five $1,000 educational scholarships from Sallie Mae!

Here’s the link to register today: www.explorehealthcareers.org/hpw

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Code Ana Program was started in 2016 by Dr. Alice Hoyt to address the gap between CDC guidelines and food allergy management in schools. The goal is to provide education and evidence-based health information to schools to empower them to develop and implement a medical emergency response protocol.

Code Ana is seeking motivated undergraduate students to work on a health-based Jefferson Public Citizen (JPC) project that will benefit the Charlottesville community. If accepted, you (along with two other undergraduates) will be tasked with designing and implementing a JPC project in line with Code Ana's goals to be completed in 2018. You will also have the opportunity to become more involved with the Code Ana Program. 


  • All application materials, including this cover page, must be submitted by Friday, 10/20 at 11:59pm to be considered.
  • All application materials must be submitted as a single combined PDF via email to Jennifer Goertz, jeg5nm@virginia.edu, with the subject line ATTN: Code Ana Application. 
  • Documents must be arranged in this order: 
    • Cover page
    • Resume / CV
    • Short essay describing why you are interested in the program (roughly 200 words)
      Note: applications not submitted in this format will not be considered.

After reviewing all applications, some individuals will be invited to interview.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Global Health Leadership Internship Provides outstanding undergraduate, public health, medical and clinical students, as well as recent graduates, with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health delivery programs. This internship has a minimum of a full-time 4 week commitment, but at least an 8-10 week commitment if preferable. A minimum of a 6-week commitment is required during the summer months. The internship opportunity is available year-round.

In this position, the intern works closely with Unite for Sight's Core Management Team on global health programming. Interns work from the New Haven, CT office that overlooks the Yale University campus.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Apply organizational and writing skills to the development and implementation of global health initiatives
  • Develop advocacy and educational resources
  • Assist with training programs
  • Contribute to cutting-edge programs in development

Qualifications and requirements include:

  • Strong initiative and motivation
  • Passionate interest in global health
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail-oriented work style
  • Proficient in multi-tasking
  • International experience is a plus
  • Other types of interests and skill sets are also welcomed, including: 
    • Statistical analysis
    • Graphic design
    • Film editing and production 

Unite for Sight accepts resumes on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Amy Bellman Davis at advais@uniteforsight.org, referencing the position title in the subject line.

Seek further information and stories from past participants here.

This position is unpaid.
Want to do it anyway?? Consider funding your internship through a UVA Grant!

Thursday, October 5, 2017
If you are interested in applying to schools of optometry, the University of California-Berkeley has you covered! They will be holding webinars throughout the month of October to assist students in various stages of the application process. Their schedule is as follows:
Berkeley Optometry, Program and Admission Overview
Date: Wednesday, October 11
Time: 3-4:30pm EDT
Registration: Form
Berkeley Optometry, Essay Writing
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 3-4:30pm EDT
Registration: Form
Berkeley Optometry, Interview Skills & Professional Etiquette
Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 3-4:30pm EDT
Registration: Form
More information about their webinars can be found here: Berkeley Optometry Webinars

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Virtual Reality Health Hack-a-Thon
Saturday, November 4th 
9 AM - 5PM
1st Floor Health Sciences Library

Come out to compete in a patient centered design competition for a cash prize!

  • Learn basic VR programming skills. 
  • Opportunity to network with mentors and judges from Google, the UVA Pediatric Department, McGuire VA Medical Center Assistive Technology Program, Willow Tree, UVA VR Labs, and more!

 Apply for a spot as a team or individual today! Email hubuva@gmail.com with any questions

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. (UVA, '70) was appointed the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director. In this role, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008.

Before coming to NIH, Dr. Collins was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Written by Steven Scherping, UVA '18
Member of the '17-18 Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

What exactly is iGEM?
Each year, over 300 teams from across the world come to Boston to take part in a major synthetic biology competition. The program is called iGEM, which stands International Genetically Engineered Machines. If you have never heard of synthetic biology, fear not. Synthetic biology integrates engineering principles within a biological context. It allows for the creation and redesign of new biological parts. For instance, my 2017 iGEM team is working to give a denitrifying bacteria used in wastewater robust nitrifying capacities, allowing it to work more efficiently in wastewater treatment facilities.

Wait, Steven! I’ve never done synthetic biology research…or any scientific research for that matter!
Truth be told, neither had I. It can be difficult to find a research experience, as many are very competitive and require a major commitment throughout the school year. Sometimes, as was my case, I was not sure I wanted to follow the pre-health track, and so I was apprehensive to look for research early in my undergraduate career. After having experienced iGEM, however, I would recommend getting involved in at least one research opportunity at UVA, as I have truly enjoyed my time in the project.

In iGEM, it is undoubtedly helpful to have prior research experience, but a successful iGEM team requires a myriad of skill sets and prior experiences. Human practices, which include aspects like community engagement, help iGEM extend beyond the lab bench. Data analysis, modeling, coordinating collaborations with other iGEM teams, creating and giving a presentation, and the many other aspects of a complete iGEM experience require problem-solvers.

If selected, you will be guided in a semester long class on synthetic biology by Professor Kozminski. He will give you all the background you need for designing a winning project. Thankfully, you will also have him as a resource and mentor throughout your summer in Charlottesville.

I am interested in a pre-health career. Why should I spend my summer as a part of iGEM?
As a fourth year currently interviewing for medical school, I have found that iGEM is a fascinating point of conversation in interviews. iGEM is unique in the freedom of inquiry by allowing each team to study what matters to them. You pick your own project. Beyond this, the team environment that includes not only working in the lab each day, but also troubleshooting, making a budget, and delegating assignments has genuinely changed how I will work with others in the future. To be successful as a team, we have all adopted our own roles that best suit our skill sets, but in a more impactful way, the time spent between our incredibly varied personalities has helped us to develop great camaraderie. I believe such experiences will be helpful when it comes to working within a team in a clinical setting.

iGEM is a program I am passionate about not only for the science of synthetic biology, but also for having given me exposure to the rigor of good scientific research. Throughout the summer, there will be many, potentially an embarrassingly high number, of mistakes. These mistakes and the lessons I have learned from them will surely help me in the future as I look forward to future research endeavors. I do hope to find an opportunity in synthetic biology research while in medical school.

How to join the iGEM team?
There will be two interest meetings in the fall. They are scheduled for October 4th and October 11th in Gilmer 148 at 7pm. Additionally, we will begin accepting applications later this fall, which can be sent to virginia.igem@gmail.com.

Steven Scherping is a fourth year majoring in Biology and minoring in Bioethics. His greatest involvements on Grounds are in areas of mental health and wellness. He is the President of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and has been an active member of the organization since 2015. Steven is passionate about breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and working to teach good mental hygiene habits via community outreach and member meetings. His experiences in this field have helped him to become a better listener, which,  has lead to his growth into a more thoughtful, empathetic, and compassionate person. The intertwining of this personal growth and burgeoning passion for the sciences is why he is applying to medical school. He looks forward to enjoying his fourth year at UVA.
Word of Wisdom: Take in the sights and the sounds! Your time here passes quickly.

Monday, October 2, 2017
Join the UVA Pre-Health Advisors, Healthcare Career Community, and the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board for the 3rd Annual Health Careers Shuffle!
Tuesday, October 17th 
6:00 - 8:00 PM 
Newcomb Hall Ballroom 
Meet and learn from local clinical practitioners and healthcare industry professionals
in four 20-minute round table conversations.
Meet and greet to follow! 
Clinical health professions represented include: 
  • Audiology
    •  Dr. Kristin Roush, PhD - Audiologist & Professor, UVA
  • Dentistry: 
    • Dr. Nick Minutella, DDS - Dentist, Charlottesville Blue Ridge Dental
    • Dr. Hunter Simpson, DDS - Dentist, Charlottesville Blue Ridge Dental
  • Medicine:
    • Dr. Greg Gelbrud, DO - Physician, Downtown Family Health Care
    • Dr. Jose Mattos, MD, MPH - Physician, Otolarngologist, Rhinology, & Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, UVA Health System
  • Nursing
    • Mr. Rick Carpenter, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN - Nurse Practitioner, UVA Health System
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Dr. Pam Stephenson, OTD, MS, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist & Assistant Professor, Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
  • Optometry
    • Dr. Shannon Franklin, OD - Optometrist, Crozet Eye Care
    • Dr. Steve Rosinski, OD - Optometrist, Crozet Eye Care
  • Pharmacy
    • Dr. Charles Golding, PharmD - Pharmacist - PGY2 Resident, UVA Health System 
    • Dr. Julianne Fallon, PharmD - Pharmacist, PGY1 Resident, UVA Health System
  • Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
    • Mr. Lloyd Givan, PT, AT, CSCS - Physical Therapist & Owner, Performance Place Sports Medicine
  • Physician Assistant
    • Ms. Katherine Loose, PA-C - Physician Assistant, Charlottesville Dermatology
    • Ms. Danielle Moses, PA-C - Physician Assistant, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, UVA Health System
  • Speech Pathology 
    • Ms. Jaimee Traub, - Speech Language Pathologist & Professor, UVA 

Non-clinical professions represented include:

  • Healthcare Administration / Policy
    • Ms. Laura McLaughlin - Senior Manager, PwC's Health Research Institute
  • Clinical Social Work
    • Mrs. Ashley Peters, LCSW - Trauma Counselor, ReadyKids
  • Health Education
    • Ms. Tabatha Ferrell - Health Educator, UVA Cancer Center
  • Healthcare Consulting
    • Mr. Ryan Orr - Business Technology Analyst, Accenture
  • Health Promotion & Wellness
    • Ms. Sara Cunningham - Exercise Physiologist, Wellcoaches Health & Wellness Coach, Lifestyle Coach - CDC Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Clinical Research / Drug Safety
    • Ms. Erin Greenley Kurtz - Drug Safety Center Manager, PRA Health Sciences
Monday, October 2, 2017
The waiting game

You submitted your primary application...phew. Done.

You received supplemental applications, did school-specific research, and wrote...
wrote some more...
and wrote some more.
Submitted. Phew.

Then you waited, or you are still waiting.

You logged into application portals or checked your email for notifications from schools (but only once, ergh...10 times, a day).

You may have received an interview invitation, jumped for joy, and attended a mock interview + utilized InterviewStream to prepare.

Now you wait.

Don't let the waiting get to you. Find an outlet. Concentrate on what you can do right now.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Application and Acceptance Protocols for your health profession (i.e. AAMC, ADEA, AACP, etc.) 
  • Consider if and when it is appropriate to communicate with individual schools.
  • Read a book you enjoy
  • Make music or art
  • Watch a play or attend a lecture
  • Volunteer doing something you enjoy
  • Invest in someone who could use a mentor
  • Learn to cook
  • Exercise
  • Explore Charlottesville outside of UVA
  • Read encouragement from past UVA applicants:
    '16-17,  '15-16, '14-15

If you are a current applicant and would like to share recommendations for outlets to occupy your mind or a message of inspiration, contact Jessica Bowers at jgbowers@virginia.edu with subject title: "the waiting game." 

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    MedServe is a 2-year, full-time, post-college community service fellowship in rural and other underserved community primary care medicine located in sites across North Carolina. Do you want to understand how to combine a career in medicine with public or community service? Would you like to see what it's like to be part of a medical team committed to community improvement? MedServe host clinics, operating in low-resource settings, that have gone above and beyond to provide innovative models and extensive service to their communities. Your fellowship with them will give you a front-row seat to the best of primary care medicine.

    At MedServe, we believe you can't really learn about the U.S. healthcare system by just shadowing doctors. You need to be part of a healthcare team. We also believe you can plan an active role in a clinic, no matter your experience level.

    You will perform two jobs at a host clinic: a clinical role that allows you to work closely with a rock-star primary care doctor and a community role that allows you to see how primary care issues can be address outside the walls of a clinic, by getting to know patients as people and understanding local healthcare systems. Clinical roles include medical assistant, medical scribe, and medical interpreting roles. Our class of 19 fellows sees around 1,000 patients per week. Community roles include community health worker, health coach, and quality improvement project manager. Fellows in the past have worked on projects ranging from conduction healthcare outreach for the homeless to educating rural public schools on careers in healthcare.

    Learn more at med-serve.org 

    View Handshake posting

    Apply by: October 28th, 2017

    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    Saturday, November 4th 
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
    Boston Marriott Copley Place
    Boston, MA

    You are invited to:

    • Meet diversity affairs, admissions, PhD and MD-PhD program directors from over 80 U.S. medical schools along with other health professions schools
    • Share stories from Faculty from diverse backgrounds on their experience in medicine and attend one on one mentoring opportunities for students
    • Participate in workshops focused on topics such as medical school admissions and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
    • Enjoy freebies and useful resources, interactive discussions with current medical students, and participate in hands-on activities and medical simulations to test your skills
    • Learn about AAMC resources and services, summer research programs and post baccalaureate programs

    Questions? Contact Ashleigh Moses at aemoses@aamc.org

    Still not sure if you should attend? 
    Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Attend the AAMC's minority Student Medical Career Fair 

    Check out last year's event and join the conversation on social media with #FutureDocs

    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    Saturday, October 21st
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
    You'll enjoy: 
    • Talks from professors and the dean of admissions
    • Department-specific break-out sessions led by advisors
    • Meeting professors and current students
    • A tour of ROllins
    • Getting your admissions questions answered

    Register today! Deadline: Monday, October 16th

    *Financing a visit to Atlanta can be difficult. If students will be traveling more than 60 miles outside of Atlanta, they are eligible to apply for a travel stipend to help off-set costs for this event. More information here

    Can't make the trip to Atlanta? Check out the Recruitment Calendar to find out when Rollins Public Health might be in a city near you.
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Charlottesville Dermatology is a privately owned physician specialty practice in Charlottesville, VA providing outpatient medical and cosmetic care for people experiencing skin problems. The practice has three physician providers and employees one Physician Assistant. A team of 17 employees support the clinical and administrative needs of the practice.

    Medical Assistant / Medical Scribe: Ideal Opportunity for the transitional student wishing to further their work experience prior to medical school or PA school. Very busy dermatology office. Work experience to include patient management, electronic medical records, medical record documentation, coding and billing, patient evaluation, customer service, minor in office surgical assistance. Ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, excellent communication and organizational skills, strong computer skills and keen interest in physician practice. Send cover letter with resume to kteasley@cvillederm.com

    Minimum 3.1 GPA
    Schools Years: 3rd, 4th

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    The VA Tech Carilion School of Medicine is a 4-year allopathic medical school located in Roanoke, VA. With only 42 students per class, our program has a problem-based learning curriculum that provides students with early patient contact which prepares them for their clinical rotations. Students conduct research projects throughout their four years with many projects published and presented internationally. The unique curriculum delivers high student success with a 100% residency match to competitive programs across the U.S. This is not just any medical school, it is a community of physicians, researchers, and students dedicated to expanding health science and technology through new discoveries and innovative approaches to medicine.

    Fall Open House
    Saturday, November 11, 2017
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM 
    2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

    Open house includes: 

    • Admissions Presentation
    • Medical Student Panel
    • Lunch 
    • School Tour

    Pre-registration strongly encouraged: http://tinyurl.com/VTCSOM-OH2017 

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Saturday, 9/23, 1:00 PM 
    Just Medicine - A Tool for Equity in Charlottesville and Beyond
    Presented by Dayna Matthew & Clemons Vizlounge 

    This is one of many free, public sessions being offered at the UVA Libraries on Saturday, 9/23, from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the University's Dialogues on Race and Inequity. Sessions are facilitated by faculty, staff, and students, will cover a wide variety of subjects. Please visit https://provost.virginia.edu/dialogue-on-race-inequity for a list of other sessions and map of locations.

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    The 2018 MCAT calendar and testing locations are now available. Registration for January-June 2018 will open late October. Please follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter for regular updates and announcements regarding registration dates.

    The AAMC is deeply committed to the needs of students with disadvantages. Though it doesn't cover travel costs, the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program covers the cost of MCAT practice materials, the Medical School Admission Requirements subscription, and up to 16 medical school applications. It also significant reduces registration fees for the exam. Find more information about the Fee Assistance program here.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    Are you interested in Virtual Reality, medical entrepreneurship and healthcare innovations, and free food!? Do you want the opportunity to design and create an innovative VR technology for the chance to win a 50$ prize and a free tee-shirt?

    Well then have no fear, HUB's 3rd annual MedDesign Hack-a-Thon is here! The event takes place on November 4th from 9am-5pm in the Health Science Library. This year, the event is focused specifically on innovations in the medical and health-care industries using virtual reality technology. Participation in and getting involved with the Hack-A-Thon is simple! All you need to do is create a team of up to 4 members (partial teams and solo entries are welcome) and register using the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/q5ry5TUUwbI3hUsw2

    The structure and how the event operates is also fairly straightforward! Teams will have the chance to create patient specific VR experiences during this one-day hack for the chance to win a $50 and a free T-shirt. Furthermore, judges and mentors from Google Development, UVA Hospital, Veteran's Hospital in Richmond, UVA's Clemons and Rice Hall Virtual Reality Labs, and more will be available for networking opportunities. Lunch and dinner will be also be provided for participants as well!

    HealthUnBound is an organization whose mission is to help "foster a medical entrepreneurship community focused on providing opportunities and resources to promote and facilitate health innovation" and while it has many members within the UVA community, it is ultimately its own separate and independent organization. Thus, this is a great opportunity to for you to either utilize University connections and resources to help develop applicable, real-life experiences or to just go and see some really cool new VR innovations and technologies!

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Find out if you have what it takes to become a Dynamic Pharmacist! This program will provide an oversite into the profession from current and student pharmacists.

    Attendees will be eligible for Jefferson College of Pharmacy's Application Access Program that allows students to be reimbursed the price of one PharmCAS designation.

    Saturday, 9/23
    1:00 - 4:00 PM
    Thomas Jefferson University
    Bluemle Life Science Building, Room 101
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    12:30 - 1:00 PM  Registration
    1:00 - 1:15 PM  Welcome
    1:15 - 2:20 PM  Pharmacists Perspectives
    2:20 - 2:40 PM  Break
    2:40 - 3:00 PM  Do you have what it takes?
    3:00 - 3:45 PM  Pharmacy Student Perspectives
    3:45 - 4:00 PM  Wrap-up

    Contact Tre Grue, Assistant Director of Admissions to sign up: tre.grue@jefferson.edu

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Once you've submitted your application, it's appropriate (but not required) to send updates to schools. An update can convey your continued interest in a particular school as well as provide information about what you're currently doing.

    Typical reasons for an update:

    • A significant event has occurred: If a noteworthy event, such as winning an award, starting a new job or clinical experience, publication of your research, etc. occurred post-application submission, conveying this information may enrich your application. 
    • You want to highlight an area of improvement in your candidacy: If there was an area of your candidacy you knew needed more work when you applied and you've been working toward it, be sure to emphasize the improvement when updating your schools. 
    • You've gained a new perspective on a school: If you gained new perspective on a school and your fit for it (by further researching the program or meeting someone affiliated with the school, etc.), it can be helpful to include that insight in your update. 

    Updates should be: 

    • Professional: You should strive for a tone that is confident, courteous, and sincere throughout your document.
    • Limited: Updates sent too frequently or with little content will convey a lack of effort on your part. 
    • Concise: Keep updates concise and clear. A page is sufficient. 
    • Appropriate: Only send updates if a school is open to them. If it's unclear whether they welcome updates, contact the admissions office to ask. 

    Submit updates in whatever manner the school prefers. Often, this is through their application portal. Do not send updates if a school asks you not to send additional information and be sure to keep copies of everything you send. If you are uncertain about the objectivity or appropriateness of your update, schedule a meeting with a pre-health advisor to discuss your approach.

    Saturday, September 16, 2017


    The Ohio State University College of Optometry is offering a special opportunity to learn more about their admissions process, opportunities to tour their academic and clinical facilities, explore careers in optometry, and meet with college faculty, students, administrators, and alumni. High school and college students, as well as alumni, practitioners, and are encouraged to attend. 

    Reservations are requested. For more information, or to make a reservation, please visit https://optometry.osu.edu/visitday


    Saturday, September 30th – 12:30 – 4:30pm
    Ohio State University College of Optometry
    Columbus, OH 43210

    Additional Information
    If unable to attend this visit day here are a few options:
    1. Attend a virtual chat. Contact your school's pre-health advisor to get help with this.
    2. Set up one-on-one meetings with OSU faculty at your school or at OSU. Contact your pre-health advisor to help with this.
    3. Attend the 12th Annual IDOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) Summer Program on  July 22-25, 2018. Here's the link: https://u.osu.edu/idoc/

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    Free Full Length Practice MCAT Exam
    Offered: September 16, 23, or 30th starting at 11:00 AM
    Followed by an interactive, online review of the exam on October 15th at 7:00 PM

    To register, send an email to:

    Include the following:

    • Name
    • Test date of choice
    • Email
    • Phone number
    • College attending / attended
    • Anticipated MCAT date


    Megan Galvin, College Program National Director

    Friday, September 15, 2017
    Wednesday, October 4th 
    Virtual Optometry Fair

    Doctors of Optometry: 

    • Are the primary-care doctors of the eye and the frontline protectors of vision
    • Are often the first to detect critical health issues in their patients and refer them for timely treatment
    • Enjoy a balanced life and work an average of 39.5 hours per week
    • Have unlimited career options, from pediatrics to geriatrics to sports vision or rehabilitative vision
    • Optometry offers an average net income from $140,913 across the profession

    Thinking about a career in healthcare? Learn more and speak with faculty, students, and admissions professionals representing the 23 schools and colleges of optometry.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    The University of Pennsylvania Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs provide flexible and dynamic courses, research experiences, and clinical opportunities for students preparing for their careers as health professionals.

    Programs include:

    • Core Studies: Foundational academics for students with a limited science background
    • Specialized Studies: Tailored coursework for students who possess a significant background in the sciences

    Many students don't fit neatly into the typical sets of courses in either track, and Penn works with them to craft a full profile of classes needed for a successful medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, or nursing school application.

    To learn more, attend a virtual information session: 
    September 19th
    5 - 6 PM 
    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    The American Physical Therapy Association will be holding a free DPT Education Virtual Fair on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm ET. This fair will allow users to participate in live chats with Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) staff and 50+ Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs from across the country. The event offers students the opportunity to ask questions about course prerequisites, the elements of a strong essay, how to improve their chances for admission, and more! Attendees must register in advance.  
    Questions? Contact apta@careereco.com
    Register for the fair today at http://www.careereco.com/events/APTA

    Thursday, September 7, 2017
    Saturday, October 28th, 2017
    Considering a career in allied health or biomedical research? 
    Come learn about our graduate-level programs, and see which is one is right for you.
    • Art Therapy & Counseling
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biotechnology
    • Contemporary Human Anatomy
    • Master of Healthcare Delivery Sciences*
    • Doctor of Health Sciences*
    • Healthcare Analytics
    • Laboratory Animal Science
    • Medical & Health Professions Education *
    • Medical Master's (1 year & 2 year option)
    • Pathologists' Assistant
    • Physician Assistant
    • Graduate Programs in Public Health
    • Reproductive Clinical Science*
    • Surgical Assisting

    *distance-learning programs 

    More information & registration

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Kaplan is currently conducting a "Win Your Way" campaign which offers prizes each week for answering one trivia question. Sample prizes include: Amazon giftcards, Target giftcards, Apple Watch, Kaplan Scholarship.

    Learn more here.
    Questions? Contact Angie Vo, Kaplan Student Brand Ambassador

    Monday, September 4, 2017
    April 14-15th, 2018
    Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    15th Annual Conference
    The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,000 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. 
    Monday, September 4, 2017
    Careers in Global Health: Thinking Outside the Box Webinar
    September 14th, 2017
    4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

    UniteforSight.org invites you to attend a free webinar, designed for students and professionals, that will include guidance and advice from five panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask questions. Gain insight about paths to a career in global health, how to start a fulfilling career, and key tools for the hiring process.

    Panelists include:

    • Sam Daley Harris, CEO, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, A Project of RESULTS Educational Fund
    • Rebecca Hardin, Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
    • James Nardella, Principal, Skoll Foundation
    • Daniel Palazuelos, Senior Health and Policy Advisor for Community Health Systems, Partners in Health; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    • Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite for Sight
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    You are invited to view a recording of this webinar at this link. Due to technical difficulties, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine was unable to finish their presentation; a copy of Rutgers' slides can be found here.

    This webinar featured representatives from:

    • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
    • University of Louisville School of Dentistry
    • Indiana University School of Dentistry
    • A.T. Still University - Arizona and Missouri
    • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine
    • University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
    Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Looking for a fulfilling future within health care? 
    Come and listen to the many possibilities that a future in nursing can provide. 
    Columbia, Johns Hopkins Nursing, and Penn Nursing will be co-hosting a nursing forum to discuss the various options each school provides. 
    By attending the event you will learn the program highlights, application requirements, and meet with admissions staff from top tier nursing schools. Additionally, you will meet other like minded individuals exploring the nursing landscape.
    Wednesday, September 6th 
    6:00 PM
    John Hopkins University
    1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW 
    Room LL7
    Washington, DC 21205
    Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Examkrackers MCAT Discussion Webinar
    Two sessions currently available 

    August 30th or September 20th
    8:00 PM  - 10:00 PM 

    Register now - seats are limited!
    Select your date and contact FREEMCAT@examkrackers.com with the following information:

    • Name
    • Event Date of Choice
    • Email
    • Phone Number
    • Anticipated MCAT Date

    Seats are limited for each evening. If your selected date is no longer available then you will be placed in the next available / open session.

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    The Center for Global Health invites students and faculty to share their photographs and stories which represent the rich possibilities of inclusive, respectful global engagement. CGH will support the 2017 Global Health Photography Contest with a reception on Wednesday, October 25th during Global Week at UVA. Please consider sharing your experience by submitting your work to the contest!

    The Theme: One Health. "One Health recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. The goal of One Health is to encourage the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines-working locally, nationally, and globally-to achieve the best health for people, animals, and our environment.(CDC)" For all the students who've traveled the globe this summer, we hope that you see health  as a universal value.
    Who can enter? Any UVa student who has conducted Global Health or Development research or scholarship for UVA within the past year. 
    Guidelines: Please submit photos which reflect a sensitive, respectful approach to communities, individuals and environments. Please do not include photos of individuals who have not given consent to be photographed or photographs taken in a context which compromises privacy, including clinical or other workplace environments. Each submitter grants a non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, display, and distribute submitter's image; photos may be printed, reproduced in social media or featured online.
    Prizes include giftcards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

    The deadline to submit photos is September 29th, 2017.

    Monday, August 28, 2017
     ​Excited about medical innovation? 
    Want to network with industry professionals and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes? 
     September 8-10, 2017 
     Johns Hopkins University

    MedHacks brings together the nation’s brightest technologists, scientists, healthcare professionals and engineers to come up with creative solutions to the most fundamental of all human concerns - health. During the 36 hour event, students will engage in exciting ideation, hacking, and pitching sessions. They will interact with accomplished mentors and innovative companies from the healthcare, tech, and business fields, and compete cash prizes- some sponsored by the biggest names in industry.

    Sign up for MedHacks 2017 today - www.medhacks.org/apply (application takes less than 10 minutes to complete)!

    Questions? Contact info@medhacks.org

    Monday, August 28, 2017
    Region 10 Community Services Board is opening a limited number of their community mental health first aid training sessions to UVA students free of charge
    What is Mental Health First Aid? Mental Health First Aid is similar to First Aid and CPR. Mental Health First Aid helps individuals to support those experiencing mental health problems and aids in getting people professional help and support.
    • Interactive 8-hour course
    • Teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self- help care.
    • Provides you with a certification you can list on your resume when applying to jobs in human services fields.

    Spots are limited.  Each session only has 30 spots, including community members, so it's first come first serve!

    When? There are four Fridays on which the sessions will take place. Each session is day long, from 8 AM-5 PM.

    Where? The Region 10 Community Services Board (500 Old Lynchburg Road, Conference Center Room 500-A, Charlottesville, VA). Region 10 is a 5-min walk from a CAT bus stop (Route 3) at the corner of 5th St. and Old Lynchburg Road.

    How do I register? 

    1. Ensure you can commit to an ALL DAY TRAINING (8 AM-5 PM) on the day you select
    2. Join the event in Handshake (click on the dates above to be directed to the Handshake event page) & fill out the confirmation survey
    3. Email MHFA@regionten.org to complete your registration, and copy Michelle (mball@virginia.edu). Make sure to mention you are a UVA student in order to have your fee waived. You must email Region 10 to complete your registration and confirm your attendance.

    To get more info on Mental Health First Aid, visit thenationalcouncil.org or mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    This is a position for students with work-study eligibility with an interest in a health career. The position will offer an opportunity to gain experience in a clinical setting. Clinical Assistants will learn to work in a health care team, performing duties consistent with training and skills. The position requires a time commitment of at least one half day per week for one academic year. Job responsibilities will include training and specific duties for administrative, clinical, and research projects.

    For more information, log in to Handshake. Search "Clinical Assistant at Student Health" to access the description and apply.

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The American Physical Therapy Association encourages you to register for a free Doctor of Physical Therapy Education Virtual Fair!

    Tuesday, September 12th 
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM 

    This fair will allow users to participate in live chats with PTCAS and 50+ Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs from across the country. Students can use the fair to:

    • find the best DPT program for them
    • ask questions from the comfort of a computer
    • get tips on how to best prepare for the admissions process

    Attendees must register in advance: http://www.careereco.com/events/APTA

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Applications for the Fall 2017 hiring round are now open. Search keyword "scribe" on Handshake to access the application. Email uvascribe@gmail.com for more information.

    Applications are due Sunday, August 27th at 11:55 PM

    Friday, August 11, 2017
    Do you like to write? 

    Aspiring Docs Diaries is seeking pre-medical students to blog about their experiences, whether it's something you learned from a patient interaction, what keeps you motivated, a challenge you've overcome, or a story about why you want to be a doctor. To be considered, submit a draft or an outline of your ideas to the editor at aspiringdocs@aamc.org

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    We are a team of UVA medical students, neurology residents, and faculty in neurology and biomedical engineering working on a project aiming to develop algorithms to automate detection of neurologic deficits in patients with stroke. We have a few positions available for students interested in helping with various aspects of clinical research.

    Clinical research assistant
    This is a volunteer position that allows you to work directly with patients. As a clinical research assistant, you will be primarily responsible for data collection from patients and controls. Training will be provided on various aspects of clinical work such as interviewing and performing screens. Opportunities to work towards publications / grant writing are also possible. Several positions available. Time commitment can vary but we would like students that can commit at least 4-6 hours per week.

    Research coordinator
    This is a paid position that allows you to help manage a project as well as work directly with patients. As a research coordinator you will help manage the daily operations of a large scale research project, participate in data collection/processing, grant writing, and have the opportunity to work towards publications. We are seeking at least a 6-month commitment (longer if desired) and availability primarily Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM with a flexible schedule to accommodate classes or other commitments.

    If interested, please contact Omar Uribe at coding.stroke@email.virginia.edu with a copy of your resume and a brief statement highlighting relevant experience, if applicable.