Friday, December 9, 2016

Save the Date! 2018 Application Meetings

Are you preparing to apply to a health professional program
in the 2017-18 application cycle? 
 Pre-Health Advisors will provide specific information on the required application components, importance of timing, and recent UVA application trends specific to each health profession.
Save the date for meeting corresponding with your health profession of choice!
*Make sure to verify dates and times on Handshake once the Spring Semester begins*

Physical Therapy Application Meeting
Monday, 1/23
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room
Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Physical Therapy Club and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Dentistry Application Meeting
Monday, 1/23
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room
Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Dental Society and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Physician Assistant Application Meeting
Tuesday, 1/24
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room
Co-Sponsored by the Future Physician Assistant Society and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Pharmacy Application Meeting
Tuesday, 1/24
6:30 - 7:00 PM

Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Pharmacy Club and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Optometry Application Meeting
Wednesday, 1/25
6:30 - 7:30 PM

Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Optometry Club and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Medicine Application Meeting 
Monday, 1/30
6:00 - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, 2/1
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room
Co-Sponsored by the Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Society, American Medical Student Association, Women in Medicine Initiative, and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Veterinary Medicine Application Meeting
Wednesday, 2/1

6:30 - 7:30 PM
Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room

Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Veterinary Society and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Thursday, December 8, 2016

MI State Summer Research Program - BRUSH

The Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) program at Michigan State University is a Summer Research Program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. The BRUSH Program is suitable for students interested in biomedical research, and it is also valuable for students interested in human or veterinary medicine.

During the 12-week BRUSH Program, students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and also participate in ancillary activities to help them explore research as a career and succeed in the conduct and presentation of their research. The program is best suited for students who have completed their 2nd or 3rd year of undergraduate studies, although applicants with less college credit will be considered.

Students in this program are paid $4,800 for the summer, and additional funds are available to cover the cost of program related expenses (housing and conference travel).

Click for further details

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Great Reads for Aspiring Health Professionals

 Excited about the down time over our upcoming winter break? You have 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. When Breath Becomes Air -- Paul Kalanithi, M.D .

2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- Rebecca Skloot

3. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest for Dr. Paul Farmer -- Tracy Kidder

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

5. My Own Country: A Doctor's Story -- Abraham Verghese, M.D.

6. What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine -- Danielle Ofri, M.D.

7. Black Man in a White Coat -- Damon Tweedy, M.D. 

8. Adventures of a Female Medical Detective -- Mary Guinan, M.D., PhD

9. The Emperor of All Maladies -- Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., PhD

What are we missing? Tell us what you're reading on social media by using #PreHealtHoosRead!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Health & Wellbeing Minor

What is a health and wellbeing minor?
"Understood as more than the absence of disease, the concept of health and wellbeing combines elements of genetic, biological, psychological, behavioral and social practices and processes.  In this one-of-a-kind minor, students are introduced to health and wellbeing through this wide spectrum of topics.

The courses in this program are designed to assist students in obtaining the scientific knowledge related to health and wellbeing to promote intelligent decision-making. It also amplifies the curriculum for students who wish to work in the health or mental health professions, or hope to be engaged in public policy related to health and well-being."
Students enrolled in the minor will have access to classes in the Curry School of Education, the College, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Architecture, and the Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy. Course topics include:
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Mindfulness
  • Healthy environment
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Policy
  • More!
Applications for admission into the minor are due on December 6. Applicants accepted into the minor will be notifed January 6, 2017.

To learn more about the minor, including prerequisites/admission requirements, degree requirements, and course overview, check out the Health & Wellbeing Minor Page.

Mercer University College of Pharmacy Open House

Get a closer look at the pharmacy programs Mercer has to offer: PharmD, PhD, PharmD/PhD, PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MPH! Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, admissions staff, and current students from Mercer’s College of Pharmacy.

Date: Friday, December 16th
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta, Georgia

More information about this event is available along with a registration link:

Ohio State University SUCCESS Summer Research Program

The SUCCESS Program enables students to participate in a 10-week research experience hosted by the OSU Medical Scientist (MD-PhD) Training Program. Students will receive a stipend and housing, and will be provided an allowance for travel to and from Columbus. While taking part in this program, students will take valuable professional development courses and learn from engaged mentors, all while working in state-of-the-art research facilities. The program includes:
  • Laboratory Research
  • Interaction with PhD & MSTP Students
  • Professional Development/Ethics Training
  • Includes Housing, Travel Allowance and a $3,800 stipend!
  • Student's Parents invited to attend the Closing Ceremony 
Program Dates: May 22, 2017 - July 29, 2017, 10 weeks
Application Deadline: January 7, 2017

For any questions and to apply, go to:

Monday, December 5, 2016

Summer 2017 Opportunities

Making plans for the summer? There are countless health-related summer opportunities across the nation. Begin by considering these questions:
  • Are you looking for broad exposure to a healthcare settings to explore a particular profession?
  • You'll need experience observing healthcare professionals as well as working directly with patients. Which type of experience do you currently have the least experience with?
  • Are you interested in working with a particular patient population? 
  • Would you like exposure to a specialty area within healthcare? 
  • Are you interested in research? 
  • How might you tailor your experience to your particular interests? 
Below are some resources and starting points to begin your search! Keep in mind, many application deadlines occur around between early February and early March.

UVA Resources
External Sources
Networking Resources 

Use these resources to identify and reach out to UVA alumni and others in your field of interest. While this may or may not necessarily lead directly to a summer opportunity, it will provide you a new contact in your area of interest who may be able to offer additional tips for your search! 
Funding Resources

UVA Global Health Case Competition - 12/6 Deadline

Interested in problem-solving, global development, health, non-profits, or winning prizes?
Come to the UVA Center for Global Health's annual Global Health Case Competition! 

The UVA intramural global health case competition is an event designed to prompt undergraduate and graduate students within our university to recognized their unique individual potentials for contributing to the needs of global health and become empowered to address these needs in their future careers. A global health case is delivered to interdisciplinary teams of students who then have 4-5 days to craft a solution they will present during a day-long competition. The winning team, determined by a multidisciplinary panel of judges, is awarded the opportunity to represent UVA at the Emory international global health case competition.

Want to know more? Check out our website at or our Facebook event.

Competition day is January 28th, and applications are open until December 6th!
You can register as an individual or apply with a pre-formed team at this link.

Don't hesitate to reach out to Callie Johnson with any questions at

Friday, December 2, 2016

March 2017 Global Medical and Dental Brigades to Honduras

March 4th - March 10th

Interested in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, or other fields within the health professions?
There are still spots available to participate in the spring 2017
UVA Global Medical and Dental Brigades trip!

Gain the opportunity to experience another culture while immersing yourself in the
medical and dental fields.

Manasa Vallabhaneni:
Mi Ran Kim:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DAT, MCAT, GRE, PCAT, OAT Free Kaplan Events in December

Free Practice Test: Learn what to expect and how you'd score on the exam with a Kaplan Free Practice Test. Plus, get a breakdown of which areas need improvement and how to score higher next time.

Inside the Classroom: What really happens in a Kaplan course? This is a chance to find out for free by observing a real Kaplan class. You can watch one of Kaplan's highest-rated instructors teach one of the core strategic approaches to answering questions on the test. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions.