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Pre-Health Newsletter: January 5th, 2021

Prehealth Advising

I hope the new year is off to a great start for you and you are enjoying your winter break! Winter break is a great time to pursue co-curricular activities such as volunteer or community service, work on applications for research opportunities and enrichment programs, or to catch up on podcasts (The Gustavus Health Professions Podcast features alumni interviews, admission counselors, recruiters and other interesting health related topics), other virtual learning opportunities and reading. What you choose to read helps to demonstrate your interests and passion, especially now when other opportunities may not be available, and choosing not to read and stay informed also sends a strong message. Use your time wisely and enjoy your break!

P.S. If you’re interested in equity issues as I am, here’s an article on how HBCU students go on to lead healthier lives. It’s a quick read that raises some additional questions or leads to good conversations, especially in interview situations.

Hope Dental Clinic Pre-Dental Internship

Hope Dental Clinic began a new pre-dental internship program  to help develop the skills of talented and passionate students in a dental public health setting. With hundreds of hours of direct experience working with dozens of different dentists, our interns are well set up for their future.

We are now opening applications for positions beginning in March 2021. This is a competitive position and there are a limited number of spots.

Applications are due on January 26th at 11:59PM. Applicants will be called to interview in February. Decisions will be made by end of the third week of February.

We are looking for candidates with a passion for dentistry and a knowledge of public health. We also prefer candidates with the ability to read, write, and verbally communicate complex messages in English and another language used locally (Spanish, Hmong, Somali, etc.), but translation skills are not required.

Apply Here

Pharmacy Technician Positions at Walgreens

$500 sign-on bonus available for external applicants hired between 12/7/20 – 3/1/21

Bonus not available at all locations
Applicant must sign bonus agreement and maintain
employment with Walgreens for a minimum of 6
months or be required to pay back bonus in full

Apply at:

Global Health Core Fellowships

Global Health Corps seeks to build the next generation of diverse health leaders. They offer a range of paid fellowship roles with health organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia and the opportunity to develop as a transformative leader in the health equity movement. By the start of the fellowship, fellows must: Be 30 years or younger, Hold a bachelor’s/undergraduate degree, Be proficient in English, and Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the US or Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, or Zambia.

Deadline January 13, 2021.

More information

20th Annual New England Science Symposium Virtual

The Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) is looking for fellows/students (particularly Black/African-American, Hispanic/LatinX and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) involved in biomedical or health-related scientific research who would benefit from presenting their research projects at the 20th annual New England Science Symposium (NESS).

Held virtually Friday, April 23 and April 24, 2021.
The deadline to submit abstracts: January 15, 2021.

Submit Abstracts

Transforming Analytical Learning in the Era of Big Data: A Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS) Program

June 7 – July 30, 2021!
This part-time 8-week virtual summer institute will introduce undergraduate students to emerging challenges at the intersection of Big Data, Statistics, and Human Health. This summer’s virtual program will include contributions from a diverse group of University of Michigan faculty in the biomedicine and public health fields and their perspective of big data. Working in teams, students will participate in mentored big data research projects.

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis: January 15, February 15, March 1.

Apply Here

BA to MPH Breaking into Public Health

Bouvé College of Health Sciences is hosting a virtual webinar, BA to MPH Breaking into Public Health, on Wednesday, January 27 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST via Zoom. Their public health faculty will discuss the strengths that liberal arts and non-science majors can bring to this unique MPH program. Their MPH program relies on their current skills in logic and reasoning as well as a passion to make change locally, regionally, and globally. There are no prerequisites needed to apply – just a desire to help others. Students can apply right from completing their undergraduate degree with no work experience needed. They offer online and on-campus formats to appeal to students anywhere.

Summer Research at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to offer a 10-week fellowship program starting in June 2021 to support undergraduate students interested in cardiovascular research. Each fellow will be matched to a laboratory led by a FCVC faculty member and participate in nationally recognized research in areas such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.

Due to the pandemic, exact program dates and format are pending.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

More information

Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program Application

STARS Program is a summer research opportunity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) for underrepresented in medicine (URiM) undergraduate rising junior and seniors, and first-year medical students with an interest in pursuing advanced careers as research scientists, physician and/or healthcare professionals. Started 2008, STARS is an eight-week mentored summer program. Students participate in hands-on training in research methods and practice directly in the labs of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s leading researching, ending in a final research presentation.

*Per AAMC Guidelines, URiM includes individuals who self-identify as African American/Black, Alaskan Native, Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Native Hawaiian.

2021 Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021

Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program

Des Moines University’s three-week Health P.A.S.S. Program is a great way to prepare for and enhance your application for medical or health professions school.

  • GRE/MCAT Prep & Interview Prep
  • Shadowing
  • Cultural Competency Course & Certificate
  • Graduate Level Lectures
  • Hands-On Experiences
  • Meet with Experts

Enrollment is limited to 10 students, and preference will be given to applicants that are economically/educationally disadvantaged or an under-represented minority.

Application Deadline February 1

Apply today!

Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a summer experience for students interested in the health professions. The program offers opportunities to explore health careers, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and public health.

The FREE six-week summer enrichment program prepares college students for a career in the health professions by enhancing their academic proficiency and providing career development opportunities. Participation in SHPEP may better position students for acceptance into advanced-degree programs.

Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021


  • Housing, meals, a stipend, and travel assistance.
  • Guidance from current admissions deans, health professionals, students, and SHPEP alumni about how to pursue their profession of interest.


  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Identify with a group that is underrepresented in the health professions.

Learn more at SHPEP’s website!

STEM Majors: NIEHS Scholars Connect Program

The NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NSCP) is designed to provide a unique opportunity for highly motivated science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused undergraduate students to solidly connect with NIEHS and receive training in biomedical research. Students in NSCP have an opportunity for hands-on mentored research experiences, as well as professional and personal development.

Why should I apply?

As a Scholar, you will be a part of research teams striving to accomplish NIEHS research mission in areas related to human health and the environment. NSCP is dedicated to providing training in biomedical research so that you can apply your knowledge outside the classroom and gain career-changing experiences. You will have the opportunity to network and explore federal career opportunities. Career mentoring from NIEHS investigators will be available during your appointment.


  • $2,300/month (Full-Time Summer Connection)
  • $850/month (Part-Time Fall and Spring Connections)

Program Dates

  • Summer Connection: June 1, 2021–August 6, 2021 Full-time
  • Fall Connection: September 7, 2021–November 19, 2021 Part-time
  • Spring Connection: January 3, 2022–April 15, 2022 Part-time

Dates are subject to change

Application deadline is February 10, 2021

Learn more and apply

NSF BIT SURE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer 2021

Hosted by North Carolina State University, this 10-week program focuses on advanced sequencing tools that are transforming the way biologists conduct research and inclusive science. Participants learn about sequencing techniques and participate in professional development opportunities. A series of workshops and service-learning opportunities promote diversity in science and learning.

BIT SURE participants receive a stipend.

The deadline is February 14th, 2021.

For more information and to apply follow this link!

Hospital Pathology Associates

The HPA has a host of pathology aid positions available for pre-medicine/pre-health professional students for a paid gap year.


  • Full-time employment from early June 2021 to end of June 2022
  • Competitive wage of $18/hour
  • Health insurance, benefits, and paid time off
  • Three weeks of on-site training
  • Free Parking

HPA is offering nine distinct pathology aide positions, which are listed below. To submit an application please send the following materials to

  • Cover Letter (please rank your top three position preferences from 1 to 3 in a numbered
    list, then use your cover letter to explain why you should be selected for the position you
    ranked as #1)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript

Positions Include:

  • Education Coordinator
  • Workflow Coordinators
  • Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Operating Room Runner
  • Biospy Tech Transcriptionist
  • Biopsy Technician

All applications must be submitted by 8:00AM on Monday, February 15th, 2021. If selected for an interview, applicants will be expected to complete a virtual interview Saturday, February 27th. The interview will consist of a series of short interviews with pathologists and the current pathology aides If the circumstances allow, we will invite you to come in-person into HPA’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus in Minneapolis (2800 10th Ave S Suite 2200, Mpls, MN 55407) to complete this interview.

Find more details by searching for “Hospital Pathology Associates” on Handshake

Church Health Scholars Program

Our Scholars Programs is gap-year fellowship programs for recent college graduates. We aim to develop leaders in the community, in health, and in faith.

  • Full-time employment during their program year, starting in June 2021
  • Access to benefits and resources (such as gym membership) through our partners
  • Open opportunities to new positions or programs, including medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy and graduate programs and preparation
  • Participate in an engaged learning community in learning, social and service events
  • Regular learning opportunities focused on professional development, learning about Church Health and special topics related to faith and health
  • Develop practical skills and deeper understanding of equitable health care
  • Learn from a network of staff, alumni, and community mentors that help to inform the program and act as guides

The Church Health Scholars Program has a competitive application process that extends from October to February. For questions or more information, please feel free to reach out or ask students to contact

Loyola Adventures in Urobiome Data (L.A.U.D.) Summer Research Program

LAUD will introduce students to ways in which data is revolutionizing research in urinary disease research. Over 8-weeks (June 2 – July 28), summer researchers will gain exposure to current research areas in benign urologic disease, conduct hypothesis-driven research, and develop the skills to synthesize, interpret, and present their scientific research! Summer researchers will work with research faculty, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, medical and graduate students currently engaged in urinary research at Loyola University Chicago.

For summer 2021, this will be a virtual experience due to COVID restrictions. Research students will be awarded a $3250 stipend. Undergraduate students or recent grads who are interested in how data drives medical research and clinical practice and/or urology are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due March 1.

Full details here.