Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kuchnir Dermatology Bridge Year Program

Interested in taking a gap year prior to medical school? Apply for the Kuchnir Dermatology Bridge Year Program! This 14-month or 26-month program allows students to gain clinical experience by coordinating patient care, scribing for providers, assisting in basic procedures, and handling the administrative tasks of medicine. This program also offers the opportunity to attend educational events such as lectures, conferences, or a suturing clinic. 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Cristina Foschi at no later than Sunday January 21st, 2018

Learn more about this gap year program at:

Summer Opportunities

As pre-health advisors, one of the most popular questions we get asked around this time is, "What should I do over the summer?" While there's no one right answer to this question, there's also no wrong answer either. There are a variety of opportunities students can take advantage of during the summer, including research, internships, study abroad, volunteering, clinical experiences, part time jobs, and more.

As always, we encourage you to think about what you want to do. What is something you'll be excited to do over the summer? What do you want to learn? What area do you want to gain more experience in? Once you've answered these questions, you can start to narrow down the types of opportunities you want to explore.

Below you'll find a list of resources to help you explore summer opportunities. Remember, deadlines for these programs typically begin at the start of the spring semester, so early application submission is encouraged.

Where to go to explore summer opportunities:

1.) Right here! The PHMO Blog is updated frequently with opportunities around the country that we hear about for pre-health students. You can subscribe to this blog over on the right sidebar to get a notification when something new is posted. Summer opportunities are posted throughout the Spring semester, so check back often!

2.) The National Association of Advisors of the Health Professions (NAAHP) Summer Programs Database: NAAHP, an organization of over 1850 health professions advisors at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, has a database of summer opportunities around the country. Summer programs are reviewed by NAAHP before they are posted. In addition to the individual programs posted, they also provide links to other databases to search. 
3.) Your local pre-health advising office: Thinking about going home over the summer? Check to see if any nearby universities have a pre-health advising office. Like Emory, many pre-health offices have blogs or newsletters they send out with local opportunities for pre-health students. A quick Google search can get you to the office's website, and then look around for anything that says "Register" or a link to sign up for a list-serve. Some schools limit their registration to just students, but many will allow anyone to sign up. 

Even if the office doesn't have a blog or newsletter, the website itself can be a wealth of information. Look for key words like "Prepare" or "Gaining Experience" - this is usually where you can find lists of popular local volunteer locations, job opportunities, or research positions. You may have to dig a little bit, but this is a great way to get the most relevant local information for pre-health students. 

4.) Office of International and Summer Programs: From Maymester, Emory College Online, study abroad, summer classes, and global internships, Emory has many summer programs to choose from! Check out their website to learn more about the many opportunities available over the summer:
5.) Emory Undergraduate Research Programs - SURE: SURE incorporates two programs: Research in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts Program and Research in the Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program. Check out their website for more info:

We hope this helps you in your search for a meaningful summer opportunity! As always, contact your PHMO advisor if you'd like to discuss your plans! 

Friday, January 5, 2018

MGH Institute of Health Professions Webinar on Prerequisites for Health Professions

Join MGH Institute of Health Professions for a webinar to learn more about taking online prerequisites for health professional programs including Genetic Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and other professions.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

UCLA Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP)

Applications are  now open for UCLA PREP. UCLA PREP is a non-residential program designed to provide pre-medical and pre-dental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. As a result of full participation in UCLA PREP, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical or dental school and succeeding once there.
Components of the program include academic (MCAT/DAT prep), career guidance and personal development, clinical preceptorships, and special events. 
There is no tuition for participation. Students who must relocate to participate in the program may be eligible for a stipend depending on availability of funds. Applications a
  • Early admission deadline: February 1, 2018
  • Regular admission deadline; March 1, 2018
  • Program dates: June 18 - July 27, 2018
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:
  • Come from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background.
  • Applicants must be a U.S citizen or hold a permanent resident visa, or documentation of approved eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the State of California
  • Minimum 2.5 science GPA for freshmen and sophomores
  • Minimum 2.8 science GPA for juniors and seniors
  • One year of biology or chemistry completed by the beginning of the program
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrated interest in addressing issues affecting underserved populations in healthcare
  • Compelling personal statement
More information:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Summer Health Professions Education Program Webinar

Thinking about applying to SHPEP? Don't miss the "Steps to Success with the SHPEP Application" webinar tomorrow night from 5:00-6:00pm. The National Program Office will offer tips for completing the personal statement and allow attendees to hear from SHPEP alunni and mentors. They will also provide a quick checklist to consider before submitting your application. Visit for more information on this awesome program.

Register for the webinar:

INSIGHT Research Program Internship

HIPRC’s INSIGHT Research Program for graduate and undergraduate students is an intensive, eight-week summer internship for undergraduate and graduate students. INSIGHT provides research experience and mentorship for undergraduate, graduate and first year medical students who are interested in injury research. Participants are matched to research projects and partnered with University of Washington Medical School faculty and work alongside peers and health professionals from across the country. Past research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential.

For more information, including eligibility and application instructions, visit the INSIGHT website.  Applications are now open and will close on January 15, 2018.