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Pre-Health Newsletter: August 24, 2020

COVID-19 Tracer Opportunity for Pre-Health Students

The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs (NARAP) has brought thousands of pre-health professions students from colleges and universities around the country into emergency departments (EDs) as Research Associates (RAs), data collectors for clinical research. With the pandemic, RAs cannot be in the EDs, but NARAP has adapted its recruiting to help students join the critical work of tracing through the
COVID 19 Potential Contact Tracer Registry.

Tracing is great for pre-health professions students eager for clinical experience in this time of social distancing.

Learn more and apply here!

Free MCAT Resources

Altius offers the following free resources:

  1. FREE full-length COVID-19 MCAT practice exam. Click here to sign up for yours.
  2. Altius will offer FREE online MCAT Tutoring to all U.S. pre-meds. All sessions will be hosted by elite 95-100th percentile MCAT Mentors. Interested students can join these live sessions 7 days a week between 8:00 AM and 8:30 PM (PDST) from anywhere with an internet connection.
  3. Altius is also offering a FREE MCAT trial through September 30th. Enroll in any of their 1-1 Mentoring programs and use their services for 60-90 days with the guarantee of a refund if you are unsatisfied with their services.
  4. Tutoring for any Medical School Pre-requisite Course: Chemistry, O-Chem, Biology, Biochem, Physics. Click here to learn more.
  5. Transition Counseling: If you have any questions or concerns, if you’re struggling to stay focused or motivated, or are facing any other challenges with your new distance learning environment, call (435) 671-5783 to speak with experienced online education experts.

Exam Krackers also offers a free MCAT coaching session as well as online classes.

Dental School Interview Help

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many dental schools are conducting interviews virtually. This new resource, created by dental school admissions officers, will help applicants prepare for beforeduring and after virtual interviews!

Virtual Dental Schools Interview Dos and Don’ts

For additional information about the application process, please go to

Northwestern Health Sciences University Healthcare Careers

Curious about their healthcare offerings? NWHSU is hosting a variety of virtual webinars on a variety of careers including chiropractic, medical assisting, massage therapy, radiologic technology, Chinese medicine, and more.

Meet faculty, students, and admissions staff during these 60 to 90 minute live webinars.

Reserve your seat today!

Advice for MD/DO-PhD Program Interviews

If you are currently applying or planning to apply to MD/DO-PhD programs, the American Physician Scientists Association is supporting you with an interactive session occurring on Thursday, August 27th, at 7 PM EDT about INTERVIEWS. Bring your questions and concerns to ask current program directors who will be discussing key information about how programs are adapting interviews due to the pandemic.

A. T. Still University’s Occupational Therapy Program Virtual Information Session

ATSU is excited to announce it’s upcoming virtual Information Session on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm PDT.

The session will cover both the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD).

A few days prior to the event, you will be sent a virtual link.

Register here!

Diversity in Osteopathic Medicine

AACOM has teamed up with Tour4Diversity in Medicine to host their first Diversity in Osteopathic Medicine: Virtual Event.

On September 12, 2020 from 12-6pm ET, students from Augsburg University are invited to join live workshops with physicians and current medical students on topics such as critical test taking strategies, the importance of mentorship, interview skills, and more!

Register here!

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Mentorship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year!

The mentorship program pairs current medical students with pre-medical students to offer support and advice throughout the medical school application process. In addition, the program offers optional small group sessions in which groups of mentor/mentee pairings can meet and discuss different aspects of the pre-med process, including extracurricular activities, MCAT studying, gap year activities and the AMCAS application.

All pre-medical students with a strong interest in a career as a physician are eligible to be mentees. However, pre-medical students of minority heritage are strongly encouraged to participate. Students of sophomore standing and above, as well as those who have graduated, will be given preference.

The program is accepting 75 applicants. The application deadline is September 7, 2020.

More information on applying!

New Central Coast Physician Assistant program from A.T. Still University

CCPA is a developing program and proposed to start in October 2021. The program will be provisionally accredited during the summer of 2021.

The CCPA program will focus on educating PAs to serve in areas of need across the country. ATSU utilizes unique partnerships with Community Health Centers (CHC) and is the only school in the country where students are taught within these centers.

Further information about ATSU’s CCPA Program

AACP Virtual Pharmacy School Fair

AACP is excited to announce a series of monthly Virtual Pharmacy School FairsJoin us for one or more events between May and September to learn more about Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree programs and master’s & Ph.D. programs in the pharmacy sciences. The virtual fairs are free and offer attendees a unique opportunity to chat online with pharmacy schools across the country. Student attendees will also have a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Winners will be randomly selected.

Virtual Pharmacy School Fair: Click the link below to register for free!


  • how pharmacy schools are adapting their admission policies in response to COVID-19,
  • about the different programs and pathways offered by colleges and schools of pharmacy,
  • how students can improve their chances for admission to a pharmacy degree program,
  • about the essential and extraordinary roles of pharmacists and pharmacy researchers,
  • about the exciting career opportunities available in pharmacy

Health Professions Week

What is Health Professions Week (HPW2020)? HPW2020 is a series of events woven together to give you meaningful insight into a path in a healthcare profession. There are many events during HPW – so you can choose what content matters to you. HPW is on-demand, so come back later when you have new questions.

When: November 14-19, 2020

Register now!

Americorps VISTA Opportunity

Impact health inequities in the Twin Cities! Build structures, programming and connect resources to increase collaboration between U of M students, healthcare centers, and underserved populations.
The Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP) and the Community University Healthcare Center (CUHCC) are currently seeking applicants for a 1-year, full-time Americorps VISTA. Learn more and apply here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Virtual Learning Opportunities

Here are some ongoing learning opportunities related to the health professions.

Podcasts: Osterholm and Public Health
Osterholm Update is a new podcast featuring U of M professor and infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm. The first two episodes cover how we got here, what to expect in the weeks to come, the global response and more. The newest Heath in All Matters podcast from the School of Public Health examines Settling in for the Long Haul.

Pandemic Dialogues

Arizona State University offers the Pandemic Dialogues to provide perspective on the current civic crisis through conversations. The Dialogues are offered in two modes: a series of live webinars, each discussing a great work of philosophy or literature on pandemics and civic crisis; and, a podcast series, discussing Camus’s novel The Plague.

Johns Hopkins University dashboard of COVID-19 infections
This is the definitive source for following global cases of COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) and monitoring trends.